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Leaving Congress, Physicist Bill Foster Calls for Reinforcements

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Science  17 Dec 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6011, pp. 1601
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6011.1601

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A month after losing his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, physicist-turned-lawmaker Bill Foster has a parting message for his fellow scientists: Replace me in Congress. And he's eager to help them do it. The need for more legislators with scientific backgrounds—"More than 80% of the people running China are engineers, and you see it in their [economic] behavior," Foster says—may even serve as the basis for the next stage of his career.