About Me

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Jennifer Shilling is serving her second term as the State Senator for the 32nd Senate District after being elected in a 2011 special election. She previously served as the State Representative for the 95th Assembly District and worked as a legislative aide to State Representative Mark Meyer and Congressman Ron Kind. She is a proud graduate of UW-La Crosse and a former La Crosse County Supervisor.

Jennifer was elected by her colleagues as the Senate Democratic Leader. She has served as a ranking member on the Joint Committee on Finance,which is primarily responsible for crafting the state's biennial budget and reviewing state appropriations and revenues. She has also served on the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications and the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges.

Locally, Jennifer serves as a member of the UW-La Crosse Alumni Association Board of Directors (past President), the UW-La Crosse Chancellor’s Community Council, the La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build (Honorary Chairwoman), the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, the La Crosse County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the La Crosse County League of Women Voters, the La Crosse County Democratic Party, the Vernon Women’s Alliance, and the Viroqua Chamber Main Street.

Jennifer is also the recipient of numerous awards, including these honors:
 
  • 2016 WI Academy of Family Physicians - Friend of Family Medicine (also 2014 & 2012)
  • 2016 WI Association of Local Health Departments and Boards & the WI Public Health Association - Legislator of the Year
  • 2016 American Heart Association - Friend of Heart
  • 2016 WI Builders Association - Friend of Housing (also 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011)
  • 2016 WI Library Association - Library Champion
  • 2016 WI Counties Association - Outstanding Legislator (also 2014)
  • 2015 WI Electric Cooperative Association - Enlightened Legislator of the Year
  • 2015 WI Farmers Union - Friend of Family Farmers
  • 2014 WI Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired - Legislator of the Year
  • 2014 WI Primary Health Care Association - Community Health Center Friend
  • 2014 WI Child Support Enforcement Association - Legislator of the Year
  • 2014 Sierra Club - Environmental Champion
  • 2014 WI League of Conservation Voters - Conservation Champion (also 2010)
  • 2014 WI Rehabilitation Association - Government Leadership Award
  • 2013 Children’s Hospital of WI - Children’s Champion of Policy
  • 2011 WI Dental Association - Dental Academy Award
  • 2010 La Crosse Area Development Corporation - Triangle of Achievement Award
  • 2010 WI Society of Anesthesiologists - Excellence in Government Award
  • 2010 UW-La Crosse Student Association - Advocate of the Year
  • 2010 WI Counties Association - Friend of County Government
  • 2010 Ken Kolb Great Kids Start With You Award
  • 2009 UW-La Crosse Alumni Association - Rada Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2009 WI Cancer Council - Cancer Control Champion
  • 2007 WI Dental Association - President's Award of Honor
  • 2007 Independent Living - Legislative Advocacy Award
  • 2006 WI Farm Bureau - Friend of Agriculture (also 2004)
  • 2006 La Crosse Co. Conservation Alliance - Outstanding Leadership in Conservation Award
  • 2006 WI Community Action Program Association - Gaylord Nelson Human Services Award
  • 2006 State Bar Association - Scales of Justice Award
  • 2004 YWCA - Outstanding Government Achievement Award
  • 2003 Phi Delta Kappa Education Award for Lay Contributor of the Year
  • 2003 WI Coalition Against Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence Diva Award