On 8 March, voters in Illinois’ 14th district elected scientist, Bill Foster, in a special election to fill the seat recently vacated by former Republican Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. As reported on 3 March, Foster spent 22 years at the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory before running for office. Foster joins fellow physicists Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) in the House of Representatives. Foster, a Democrat, won the seat in the heavily Republican district.


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