Read our 2018 Report Card for Foster.
Foster is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Foster has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Bill Foster sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Financial Services
- Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions
- Member, Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets
- House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Foster was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5789: To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicaid coverage protections for pregnant and post-partum women while receiving inpatient treatment for a substance use ...
- H.R. 4960 (114th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 525 N Broadway in Aurora, Illinois, as the “Kenneth M. Christy Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 5278 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 405 West Second Street in Dixon, Illinois, as the “President Ronald W. Reagan Post Office ...
Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Foster sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (20%) Science, Technology, Communications (18%) Education (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Immigration (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) International Affairs (6%) Taxation (6%)
Some of Foster’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4757: To prioritize funding for an expanded and sustained national investment in basic science ...
- H.R. 4698: To amend the HITECH Act to allow an individual to obtain a copy ...
- H.R. 4645: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Inclusion Act of 2019
- H.R. 4623: Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019
- H.R. 4089: Second Chance for Students Act
- H.R. 3871: Protecting the Independent Funding of the Office of Financial Research Act
- H.R. 3837: National Fab Lab Network Act of 2019
From Mar 2008 to Oct 2019, Foster missed 67 of 6,539 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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