Rep. Bill Foster

Representative from Illinois’s 11th District, Democrat

Foster, a Democrat, has been the representative for Illinois's 11th congressional district since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2016) (map).

He was previously the representative for Illinois's 14th congressional district (2008-2010).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Foster has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Foster is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Foster for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Bill Foster sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Foster sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Science, Technology, Communications (18%) Health (18%) Taxation (15%) Education (15%) Immigration (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Foster’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Foster’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5424: Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016
Sep 9, 2016. Passed.
Yea H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Oct 1, 2015. Passed.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed.
Yea H.R. 1190: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015
Jun 23, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed.
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed.
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed.
Aye H.R. 37: Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act
Jan 14, 2015. Passed.

Missed Votes

From Mar 2008 to Dec 2016, Foster missed 34 of 4,759 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 8 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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