1948 – Born on the 22nd of January.
1980 – Northup first became active in politics as a volunteer for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign.
1987 – She was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly.
1984 – Won three gold medals in swimming in the Summer Olympics, as well as a bronze in 1988.
1996 – She served as Representative of Kentucky’s 32nd House district.
– She was elected to the United States House, narrowly defeating one-term Democratic incumbent Mike Ward.
1997 – She represented the Louisville-centered 3rd congressional district of Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives, where she served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
2000 – Northup defeated Eleanor Jordan.
2006 – She narrowly lost reelection to Democratic politician John Yarmuth in the election.
2007 – On the 17th of January, Northup entered the Republican primary election for Governor of Kentucky.
– On the 22nd of May, Northup was defeated in the Republican primary by incumbent Governor Ernie Fletcher.