(born June 24, 1941) is an American
politician and educator. He served in the Kansas House of Representatives
from 1975 to 2004, when he was replaced in the House of Representatives by his wife Kathy.
He was born in and is a life-long resident of Kansas City, Kansas
. After attending Bishop Ward High School
, he received a BA from Rockhurst College, now Rockhurst University
, in 1963. He began teaching high school government and social studies at Bishop Miege High School
in nearby Roeland Park
and also became the girls assistant basketball coach. He would teach at the same school for the next 40 years. He earned his Masters degree from University of Missouri–Kansas City
In 1974, he won the Democratic Party
primary and then the general election. Reardon served 15 consecutive terms in the House, only the second state legislator to do so in the history of Kansas
. An advocate for education, fair labor practices, social services and opposition to the death penalty
and capital punishment
. Bill has been married to Kathy, his wife for over 40 years, and they have three grown daughters. He currently works as a lobbyist for the Kansas City Kansas School District.