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|U.S. House, Illinois, District 11|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Adam Kinzinger (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|U.S. House, Illinois, District 14|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin|
|Birthday||Oct. 7, 1955|
|Place of birth||Madison, Wisconsin|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Overview
- 5 National security
- 6 Economy
- 7 Immigration
- 8 Healthcare
- 9 Social issues
- 9.1 Elections
- 9.2 Polls
- 9.3 Campaign donors
- 9.4 Analysis
- 9.5 Personal
- 9.6 Recent news
- 9.7 External links
- 9.8 References
Foster was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 14th district of Illinois, but was unseated in the 2010 election. He is one of nine individuals elected to U.S. House in 2012 who have prior congressional experience, and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 who came back to unseat freshman Republican members two years later.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Foster is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Foster's academic, professional and political career
- 2013-Present: Representative, U.S. House, Illinois, District 11
- 2008-2010: Representative U.S. House, Illinois, District 14
- 1990-2006: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), High-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer
- 1975-2007: Co-founded Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc
Foster serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
- Moving the Economy Forward
- Creating Jobs
- Reviving American Manufacturing
- Reforming Wall Street
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Energy that is Safe, Secure, and Affordable
- Health Care
- Science and Technology
In addition, Rep. Foster voted for the stimulus bill. 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. 
Finally, Foster voted in favor of the health care reform bill. 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Foster's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Foster defeated Republican candidate Judy Biggert for the open seat. Foster ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 11th District. Foster ran on the Democratic ticket.  The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.
Foster defeated candidates James Hickey and Juan Thomas in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. Judy Biggert ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Foster defeated Biggert in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Illinois District 11 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Judy Biggert Incumbent||41.4%||105,348|
|Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"|
|U.S. House, Illinois District 11 Democratic Primary, 2012|
In a debate held against Judy Biggert on Saturday October 13 2012, candidates went back and forth on careers, voting histories and choices made in office. While both sides made accusations that the other did not support the district in certain ways or made bad choices, both agreed on certain areas which need continued help. Budget concerns and Medicare were the main topics of debate between the two candidates.
|District 11 Representative Election|
|Poll||Judy Biggert||Bill Foster||Undecided||Sample Size|
|"District 11 Poll"||43%||42%||15%||401|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
Comprehensive donor information for Foster is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Foster raised a total of $12,182,689 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.
|Bill Foster's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Illinois, District 11)||$3,460,892|
|2010||U.S. House (Illinois, District 14)||$3,804,082|
|2008||U.S. House (Illinois, District 14)||$4,917,715|
|Grand Total Raised||$12,182,689|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Foster's reports.
|Bill Foster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Foster won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Foster's campaign committee raised a total of $3,460,892 and spent $3,532,806. This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Foster spent $23.72 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 11th Congressional District, 2012 - Bill Foster Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$2,909,766|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$3,235,189|
|Top contributors to Bill Foster's campaign committee|
|University of Chicago||$55,431|
|Kirkland & ellis||$39,000|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$35,992|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Civil Servants/Public Officials||$112,417|
As of July 10, 2012 Foster raised $475,000 in the second quarter, and had $1.3 million in cash-on-hand.
On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Bill Foster outraised Republican incumbent Judy Biggert in the third quarter. Foster raised $642,000 to Biggert's $624,000.
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Foster most often votes with:
Foster least often votes with:
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.
Lifetime missed votes
According to the website GovTrack, Foster missed 17 of 2,319 roll call votes from Mar 2008 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Foster's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $6,766,022 and $29,016,000. That averages to $17,891,011, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 1.68% from 2010.
Voting with party
Bill Foster voted with the Democratic Party 89.1% of the time, which ranked 174th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Bill + Foster + Illinois + House
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- 2012 candidate questionnaire at the Chicago Sun-Times
- 2012 candidate questionnaire at the Chicago Tribune
- 2012 candidate questionnaire at the Daily Herald
- 2012 candidate questionnaire at the Northwest Herald
- 2012 candidate questionnaire at WTTW Chicago Tonight
- 2012 candidate questionnaire and video at ABC 7 Chicago
- The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
- National Journal, "Illinois, 11th House District," November 6, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Bill Foster for Congress "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011
- Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 690" December 10, 2008
- Gallup "Among Recent Bills, Financial Reform a Lone Plus for Congress," September 13, 2010
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 46," January 28, 2009
- Rasmussen "38% Say Stimulus Plan Helped Economy, 36% Say It Hurt," August 24, 2010
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 314," June 9, 2009
- Rasmussen "54% Oppose “Cash for Clunkers” Plan To Spur Purchase of Greener Cars," June 23, 2009
- US House Clerk "Roll Call 165," March 21, 2010
- Rasmussen "61% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law," September 20, 2010
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
- Chicago Sun-Times "Illinois Congress 2012: Bill Foster running in new 11th district UPDATE GOP react" Accessed December 5, 2011
- ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, "Suburban congressional candidates square off in debate," October 13, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Bill Foster" Accessed April 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Bill Foster 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
- Open Secrets "Bill Foster 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Chicago Business "Money pouring into area congressional races" Accessed July 13, 2012
- Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
- Gov Track "Bill Foster" Accessed June 17, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Bill Foster," Accessed August 1, 2013
- GovTrack, "Bill Foster," Accessed April 1, 2013
- http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029139&year=2011 OpenSecrets.org, "Foster (D-Ill), 2011"]
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Bill Foster for Congress "About" Accessed December 30, 2011
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