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Rep. William Goodling

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th District

Goodling was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 19th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1975 to 2000.

Photo of Rep. William Goodling [R-PA19, 1975-2000]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Goodling is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2000 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Goodling sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 1995 to Dec 15, 2000. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Goodling was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 14 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Goodling sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Labor and Employment (14%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Law (13%) Education (13%) Social Welfare (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Families (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Goodling’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 2000, Goodling missed 910 of 14,335 roll call votes, which is 6.3%. This is much worse than the median of 3.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2000. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: