WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees today announced its endorsement of Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust for the U.S. House of Representatives seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Frank Wolf.
“John Foust comes from a working-class family and understands the vital role government employees play in delivering programs and services to the American people,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. “He has shared with our members the frustration he feels at seeing the way government employees have been demonized by some lawmakers on Capitol Hill and has pledged to do everything he can to support the federal workforce, which makes up a large portion of the 10th Congressional District.”
Foust was born into a union family in Johnstown, Pa., where one of his brothers worked his way up to Chief of Police. Foust was the first member of his family to attend college, putting himself through school by working each summer as a laborer in the steel mills and on the railroad. He earned an MBA and law degree while working full time and attending classes at night.
He got his start in politics as a community activist, fighting a six-year battle against a cell phone company that was illegally constructing cell towers in local neighborhoods without public hearings. Foust has lived in Northern Virginia since 1981, where he currently serves on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
“I have no doubt that John Foust will be a champion for the federal workforce and all government employees,” Cox said. “On behalf of AFGE National Vice Presidents Joseph Flynn and Eric Bunn Sr., who represent employees in the 10th Congressional District, I am proud to endorse John Foust and pledge AFGE’s support to ensure his election this November.”