Rep. Bill Foster

Representative from Illinois’s 11th District, Democrat

Foster, a Democrat, is the representative for Illinois's 11th congressional district and has served since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2018) (map).

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

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Photo of Rep. Bill Foster [D-IL11]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Foster.

Sponsorship Analysis

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)

Committee Membership

Bill Foster sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Foster was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Foster sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (20%) Science, Technology, Communications (18%) Taxation (14%) Education (14%) Immigration (12%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)

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 261/145.
Yea H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Oct 1, 2015. Passed 270/156.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a comprehensive defense spending bill. At almost 1,000 pages long it will direct funding for procurement, research, and operation of defense technology, establish military policy, and address other matters pertaining to national defense. It has ...
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Aye H.R. 37: Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act
Jan 14, 2015. Passed 271/154.
Yea H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
No H.R. 3309 (113th): Innovation Act
Dec 5, 2013. Passed 325/91.
Nay H.Con.Res. 308 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Jul 29, 2010. Passed 231/189.

Missed Votes

From Mar 2008 to May 2017, Foster missed 34 of 5,044 roll call votes, which is 0.7%. This is better than the median of 2.2% 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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