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Rep. Bill Foster’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Illinois's 11th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Foster’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Foster’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 5th least often compared to Illinois Delegation (tied with 2 others)

5 of Foster’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 232: Expressing support for designation of ...; H.R. 1045: Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act; H.R. 1303: Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act ...; H.R. 2430: Protecting Immigrants From Legal Exploitation ...; H.R. 2986: BEST Act

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (51st percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (61st percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 26th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 of Foster’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.Res. 162: Expressing the condolences of the ...; H.Res. 740: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.Res. 1248: Expressing support for the designation ...; H.R. 2400: American Innovation Act; H.R. 2870: End the Threat of Default ...; H.R. 2986: BEST Act; H.R. 3561: Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement ...; H.R. 3837: National Fab Lab Network Act ...; H.R. 4623: Keep STEM Talent Act of ...; H.R. 4757: American Innovation Act; H.R. 7965: To designate the facility of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (89th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Introduced the 36th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Foster introduced 48 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (88th percentile); House Democrats (86th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 61st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Foster’s 48 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Foster caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (78th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (80th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 59th least often compared to House Democrats (tied with 31 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Foster introduced 3 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 327: Encouraging greater public-private sector collaboration ...; H.R. 2986: BEST Act; H.R. 5929: Shareholder Political Transparency Act of ...

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (17th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); House Democrats (24th percentile); All Representatives (47th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 79th most bills compared to All Representatives

Foster cosponsored 598 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (72nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); House Democrats (67th percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Foster introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (0th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Committee Positions

Foster held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Foster’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 598 bills that Foster cosponsored, 11% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (47th percentile); House Democrats (65th percentile); All Representatives (36th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Cosponsors

Foster’s bills and resolutions had 397 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (33rd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (42nd percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Foster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (43rd percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (34th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Foster’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (39th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (54th percentile); House Democrats (41st percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Foster missed 1.5% of votes (14 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Foster’s Profile »

Compare to all Illinois Delegation (44th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Representatives (35th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.