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A Conversation With the Only Scientist in Congress

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U.S. Rep. Bill Foster

"Politics is very different from sciencein science, if you stand up and say something that you know is not true, it is a career-ending move," says Rep. Bill Foster.

Before being elected to Congress in 2008, Representative Bill Foster of Illinois, a Democrat, worked for more than 20 years as a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. Now, as the only member of Congress with a Ph.D. in science, he says there is an urgent need for more scientists in politics.

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