Representative Katrina Shankland was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014, 2016, and 2018. She lives in Stevens Point and represents Wisconsin’s 71st Assembly District, which covers Portage County in Central Wisconsin.
Rep. Shankland currently serves as Vice Chair of the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality, as a ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities and the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development, and as a member of the Assembly Committee on the Environment, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment. She previously served as the Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader, and has also served on the Joint Finance Committee, the 16-member committee responsible for the state budget, as well as the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.
Rep. Shankland is also Vice Chair of the Wisconsin Paper Caucus, a member of the Legislative Children's Caucus, Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, and National Conference of Environmental Legislators, and is a member of the Wisconsin Wing, Civil Air Patrol Legislative Squadron, rank of Major. Civil Air Patrol is the official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
In the community, she is a member of the Born Learning Steering Committee to expand investments in early childhood development. In the 2017-18 legislative session, she was named Legislator of the Year by the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs' Association, the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin. In 2018, she was also named Friend of the Family Farmer by the Wisconsin Farmers Union, Friend of Family Medicine by the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, and Friend of Public Health by the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards and the Wisconsin Public Health Association. In 2019, she was named Legislator of the Year by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and Wisconsin Paper Council, and was recognized for Distinguished Service by a Wisconsin Representative by Wisconsin's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). This year, she received the Friends of Conservation Award from Wisconsin Land + Water, and organization representing 450 Land Conservation Committee supervisors and 350 conservation staff in 72 county Land Conservation Department offices.
Rep. Shankland champions expanding opportunities for working families and is a strong advocate for clean government, veterans, strengthening access to health care, investing in our public schools, technical colleges, and universities, protecting our shared natural resources, and growing family-supporting jobs. As a recent alumna of UW-Stevens Point, she recognizes the tremendous value our university adds to the community, region, and state and frequently advocates for UWSP in the Legislature. She ran for office to give everyone in Central Wisconsin a voice in the Capitol and to fight for opportunities for everyone to succeed.
In her free time, Rep. Shankland enjoys biking the Green Circle Trail, long walks with her dogs Stitch and Lyra, visiting Central Wisconsin's many breweries, distilleries and wineries with her husband Jed, and enjoying the live music and events that make the Stevens Point area so special. From the Rising Star Mill in Nelsonville to Sunset Lake in Amherst Junction, Katrina enjoys the beauty of Portage County - especially the incredible people.