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William F. Goodling
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by George Goodling
Succeeded by Todd Platts
Personal details
Born William Franklin Goodling
(1927-12-05)December 5, 1927
Loganville, Pennsylvania
Died September 17, 2017(2017-09-17) (aged 89)
York, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Hilda Goodling (died 2008)
Relations George Atlee Goodling (father)

William Franklin Goodling (December 5, 1927 – September 17, 2017) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. At the time of his death, he was the Chairman of the Board of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy.


Goodling, the son of former Congressman George Atlee Goodling, was born in Loganville, Pennsylvania and grew up in York, Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. from the University of Maryland in 1953, a Masters in Education from Western Maryland College in 1957, and undertook doctoral studies at the Pennsylvania State University, from 1958 to 1963. He held various teaching and administrative positions throughout the State of Pennsylvania. Goodling served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948. He served on the Dallastown area school board and was president of the school board.[1] Goodling died on September 17, 2017.[2]

Political career

Goodling was elected to Congress as a Republican in 1974. He was implicated in the House banking scandal in 1992. After his party took over a majority in the House in January 1995, he served as Chairman of the United States House Committee on Education and Labor (then called the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities or the Committee on Education and the Workforce). He retired from public service in 2001.[3]


  1. '1979 Official Congressional Directory 96th Congress, 1st Session, United States Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1979, Biographical Sketch of William F. Goodling, pg. 62
  2. Former Pennsylvania congressman Bill Goodling dies at 89
  3. Goodling, Bill (2000). "Dear 19th District Residents". United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-12-25. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Goodling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Todd Platts
Political offices
Preceded by
William D. Ford
Chairman of House Education and the Workforce Committee
Succeeded by
John Boehner

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