A young Bill Goodling (sixth from the left) with his family in Pennsylvania in the late 1930’s.
Born: Dec. 5, 1927, in Loganville, Pa.
1945: Graduated from William Penn Senior High School.
1952-1957: Worked as a teacher (special education, English, and social studies), guidance counselor, and coach at Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove, Pa.
1953: Received B.S. in political science and history from the University of Maryland.
With Army buddies in Japan in 1947. The future congressman is in the center of the back row.
1957: Earned M.Ed. from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md.
1957: Married Hilda Wright.
1957- 1967: Served as principal and curriculum coordinator at West York (Pa.) Area High School.
Goodling, with his father, George, and President Gerald R. Ford. The elder Goodling also served in Congress.
1958-1962: Pursued doctoral studies in educational administration at Pennsylvania State University.
1959: Son, Todd, is born.
Goodling, in a recent photo, with his wife Hilda, son Todd, and daughter, Jennifer.
1962:Daughter, Jennifer, is born.
1965-1967: Served as president and/or member of the board of the Dallastown (Pa.)Area School District.
1967- 1974: Worked as superintendent of the Spring Grove (Pa.) Area school district.
1974: Elected as a Republican to first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania’s 19th Congressional District.
1995: Named chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee after Republicans won a majority in both chambers of Congress for the first time in 40 years.
A version of this article appeared in the August 02, 2000 edition of Education Week as Bill Goodling: A Public and Private Life