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September 19, 2014

Bill Foster, the No. 1 Science Geek in Congress?

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While it’s common for lawmakers to have had former careers as lawyers or business owners, having “physicist” on your employment history is pretty rare. Roll Call’s Jason Dick has a profile out this morning on Illinois Democrat Bill Foster, who was a physicist before being elected to Congress (according to CQ’s member profiles, he also previously owned a theater lighting company). Over the summer, the “entrepreneur/experimental physicist/politician has been playing the role of science guy,” Dick writes.

Dick  also writes:

Foster has been proudly flying the science flag in the halls of Congress. On the floor, he’s gleefully pushed for the House’s science measures, even working in references to Star Wars.

In June he hobnobbed with Bill Nye the Science Guy at the White House Maker Faire, a kind of summit to push innovative entrepreneurship.

This is a man who seems comfortable verging into science geekiness.

For more on Foster, his move to politics, and his floor speech on the Joliet Public Library “Star Wars” Day, check out Dick’s post on Roll Call’s 218 blog.

  • Mitchell Croom

    You should also check out Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA-01), who studied biology and health in school, worked for years in environmental health, and holds a doctorate in science and public policy.

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