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A Conversation With the Only Scientist in Congress


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.

From Scientific American
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