Foster holds on to 11th Congressional seat

  • Democratic U.S. Rep Bill Foster greets his supporters after his victory over Republican challenger Darlene Senger in the race for the 11th Congressional District seat.

    Democratic U.S. Rep Bill Foster greets his supporters after his victory over Republican challenger Darlene Senger in the race for the 11th Congressional District seat. Mark Black | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/5/2014 12:17 AM

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster defeated Republican challenger Darlene Senger Tuesday and will keep his 11th Congressional District seat.

Senger, a state representative from Naperville, conceded shortly before 10:30 p.m. and Foster spoke with cheering supporters a few minutes later.

 

"This is a victory for everyone who believes in strengthening the middle class, who believes that America succeeds when the middle class succeeds, and who believes in raising the minimum wage so that full-time workers aren't living in poverty," Foster said.

With all 417 precincts reporting, Foster won roughly 53 percent of the vote.

During the campaign, the Naperville Democrat said he believes the Affordable Care Act has been successful in reducing the growth of health care costs and providing opportunities for the previously uninsurable.

He favors comprehensive immigration reform, believes in a woman's right to choose and says he would support a minimum-wage increase.

Foster said his win is also a victory for students, teachers and parents who believe in strong public schools and making college more affordable.

"I am proud to have the opportunity to continue fighting for these priorities," he said.

Senger decided not to seek re-election at the state level to make her bid for the 11th District seat.

The district covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties, including Aurora, Naperville and Bolingbrook.

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