|Address||511 Aurora Avenue |
Naperville, Illinois 60540, United States
|| October 07, 1955
Nov 28, 2012 04:47pm
Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Labor - Married -
|Info||George William Foster |
Designing, building, and managing some of the most advanced research machines in science, and creating a successful multimillion dollar business from scratch are some of the highlights of Bill Foster's career. A career with dedication and enthusiasm to make changes for the better and bringing progress by problem solving, innovation, hard work, and commitment. Bill has devoted his energy to making important scientific progress and to building a business that has created jobs for hundreds of people in the United States -- and now Bill is committed to working hard for people here in the 14th Congressional District in Illinois.
SCIENCE: Bill came to the Fox Valley in 1984 to raise his family and to pursue an exciting scientific career at Fermilab, home of the world's most powerful particle accelerators. During his 22 years at Fermilab he participated in leading-edge scientific research, designed and built state-of-the-art physics experiments, and led teams of people to help build Fermilab's giant particle accelerators. (read more about Bill's science career)
BUSINESS: Before coming to Fermilab, Bill was a successful businessman. When he was 19, Bill and his younger brother started a business from scratch in their basement. Starting with $500 from their parents, they built a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States. Their equipment is used on Broadway shows, Rolling Stones tours, the great Opera houses, half-time shows at the Super-Bowl, and at churches, schools, and community theaters throughout the country. Their company sells millions of dollars of equipment around the world and provides over 500 good jobs - with good pay and benefits - here in the Midwest. (read more about Bill's business career)
FAMILY: Bill's father was trained as a chemist but spent much of his career as a civil rights lawyer. He wrote much of the enforcement code (federal regulations) behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – the part that denied federal funds to school systems that refused to let black and white kids go to the same school. Bill's mother worked in the office of Illinois Senator Paul H. Douglas, which is where she met Bill's father. His mom came from a long line of inventors, but worked in her career to help law enforcement officers get college degrees, and to help college students become cops.
Bill's children Billy and Christine were born and raised in the Fox Valley. His son Billy graduated from Batavia High school, received a BA in Math and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, and now works for Tomotherapy, Inc. a leading medical imaging and radiation therapy firm. Bill's daughter Christine went to schools in Batavia and attended the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora. She is now a sophomore majoring in biochemistry at Stanford University. (read more about Bill's family)
EDUCATION: Bill was born in 1955 in Madison, Wisconsin and received his BA in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 1984. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, received the Rossi Prize for Cosmic Ray Physics for the discovery of the neutrino burst from Supernova SN1987a, received the Particle Accelerator Technology Prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and was awarded an Energy Conservation award from the U.S. Department of Energy for his invention and application of permanent magnets for Fermilab's accelerators. (read about the awards Bill has earned)
|Thu Feb 04 19:22:43 +0000 2016 - As the only physicist in Congress, I know that #ClimateChange is real and must be addressed|
Thu Feb 04 19:22:33 +0000 2016 - Proud to announce I have been endorsed by the @SierraClub https://t.co/d4kpktQJK4 https://t.co/639z7bPOA1
Tue Aug 25 19:58:17 +0000 2015 - Thanks @billmaher & @realtimers. We might not have said it QUITE like that, but we agree. http://t.co/62O0s1LaDY #CongressScienceGuy
Fri Jun 26 16:06:03 +0000 2015 - #LoveWins today as the Supreme Court affirms marriage equality #LoveIsLove http://t.co/iTizy6NdKd
Thu Jun 25 21:09:29 +0000 2015 - RT @BarackObama: Affordable health care is a right for all, not a privilege for a few. http://t.co/OjCC8OD6g1
Mon Jun 22 12:24:18 +0000 2015 - I am proud to endorse @HillaryClinton, and am excited to work with her during her campaign. Sign up to join us: http://t.co/TUGxfyi8vX
Tue May 19 02:31:15 +0000 2015 - I recently voted for Congressional review of the #Iran nuclear deal -- as the only physicist in Congress, I am studying the details closely.
Fri Apr 10 17:48:53 +0000 2015 - Illinois needs a Senator who will be an advocate for the middle class, and that person is @TammyforIL http://t.co/2u0ufVBjRi
Thu Apr 02 19:40:32 +0000 2015 - Today I voted in the Naperville municipal elections. Local elections matter, don't forget to #vote! http://t.co/Nl3fN8Pznm
Wed Nov 05 22:05:02 +0000 2014 - Proud to have the honor of representing #IL11. Thanks to everyone who made last night's victory possible! http://t.co/zH4mitQDWN