Representative Katrina Shankland was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. She lives in Stevens Point and represents Wisconsin’s 71st Assembly District, which covers Portage County in Central Wisconsin. She currently serves as a member of the Joint Finance Committee, the 16-member committee responsible for the state budget. She previously served as the Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader.
In the Assembly, Rep. Shankland serves on the Joint Committee on Finance, the Assembly Committee on Rural Development, the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment, and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. She is also a member of the Legislative Children's Caucus, Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, National Conference of Environmental Legislators, and 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.
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. 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 fiancé 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.