Bill Foster (D-IL-11)

Bill Foster (D-IL-11)


G. William “Bill” Foster

Bill Foster Congressional Candidate Illinois District 11


Biography of Bill Foster from Bill Foster for Congress


Bill Foster is a scientist, businessman, and former U.S. Congressman who served from March 2008 until January 2011 as the Representative of Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

Bill’s business career began at age 19 when he and his younger brother co-founded Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States. | Read More About Bill’s Business Career

Bill’s scientific career was as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Bill was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab’s giant particle accelerators. When Bill first ran for Congress, his campaign was endorsed by 31 Nobel Prize Winners. | Read More About Bill’s Science Career

Bill’s Congressional career began in March 2008 when he won the special election to replace former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District. Bill served for nearly 3 years in Congress as it responded to the greatest financial crisis of our lifetimes. | Read More About Bill’s Congressional Career

Bill’s Family – Bill lives in Naperville with his wife Aesook, who is also a physicist. Bill has two grown children, Billy and Christine. Bill’s father was a civil rights lawyer who wrote much of the enforcement language behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Bill’s mother lives in Madison, Wisconsin. | Read More About Bill’s Family


Biography of Bill Foster from


a Representative from Illinois

  • born in Madison, Wis., October 7, 1955


  • B. A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis., 1975
  • Ph. D., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1984


  • physicist
  • entrepreneur
  • board member, Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence


  • elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Tenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative John Dennis Hastert, and reelected to the succeeding Congress (March 8, 2008-January 3, 2011)
  • unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress in 2010.

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