Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content



Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

Feature News

How Dismantling Civil Service is happening in Wisconsin One Step at a Time

(10/7/2015) “Please do what you can to stop the dismantling of the civil service system,” Mary from Trempealeau County asked me....READ MORE


Audit Bureau Turns 50, Receives National Recognition and Calls for its Demise

For fifty years, auditors at the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) have assisted legislators and the people of Wisconsin in answering questions about dollars spent. Questions like, “Did we get our money’s worth out of that program?”


Strong Consumer Protections Rely on You and Your Neighbors

“I got a call saying the IRS was taking me to court, but I filed everything on time. What do I do?”


WEDC Leaders Missed Opportunity to Apologize and Reform

“Are you going to follow the recommendations in the audit?” I asked the Board Chair of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). He crossed his arms, sat back and smiled at me.


Audit Shows Riders Received Poor Services

“Just how many ‘no shows’ are acceptable?” I asked Medicaid Director Kevin Moore at a recent Audit Committee Hearing. “Is 4,154 people left without a ride too many?”


Teacher Shortage: Who Will Teach the Children?

“Please sound the alarm,” Superintendent Mary Baier wrote to me. “We are not able to find people to fill positions in Wisconsin.” She needed a special education teacher and only one applicant had applied to her rural Plum City district.


Health Still a Top Political Issue

“ObamaCare must be repealed immediately,” begins Governor Walker’s health plan for America.


Lack of Rural Broadband Frustrates Fairgoers

Internet in rural Wisconsin is closer to Pony Express than “pedal to the metal.”


Should Tax Dollars Go to Companies Just to create jobs

WEDC’s name is misleading – it is not a corporation. It is a state ‘authority’ and is – or should be – accountable to taxpayers for dollars it spends. That’s why the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) has been auditing WEDC since its creation.


County Fairs: Time for Creativity and Critters, Friends and Family

County fairs have a deep tradition in our state. Thousands of families, FFA members, 4-Hers and other youth poured their time, energy, talent and creativity into projects exhibited at Wisconsin’s many county fairs.

Kathleen speaking during a committee meeting.
Kathleen addresses her colleagues during Senate Session
Kathleen shares the impact of budget cuts on local schools during the Senate debate on the state budget.
Kathleen speaks on bills considered during the Senate Session.
Kathleen addresses the press.
Kathleen confers with Senate colleague Jennifer Shilling.
Senate Scholar Damin Hadorn-Papke from Eau Claire
Senate Scholar Mike Barton from Eau Claire


 Service Agency Memos


State Budget Town Hall Meetings


May 7​


​Ho Chunk Executive Office Building - Atrium
W9814 Airport Road – BLACK RIVER FALLS


May 14
(Thursday)  ​
​Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan High School – Commons
124 South School Street – ALMA CENTER
May 21 (Thursday) 6:30pm-8:30pm

Prescott City Hall – City Council Chamber
800 Border Street - PRESCOTT


​May 23 (Saturday)

​Cochrane Village Hall
101-103 5th Street

​May 26

​L.E. Phillips Senior Center
Dining Room
1616 Bellinger Street – EAU CLAIRE

​May 26


​L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Eau Claire Room
400 Eau Claire Street – EAU CLAIRE

​May 27
​Arcadia High School - Auditorium
756 Raider Drive - ARCADIA
​May 28 (Thursday) ​6:30pm-8:30pm

Ellsworth Community High School – Cafetorium
323 Hillcrest Street - ELLSWORTH

​June 2 (Tuesday)
​The Roger Marten Community Center
120 South Franklin Street - MONDOVI

The public, local legislators and other elected officials are invited to participate.



To add your name to the petition online, click above. To download a PDF version of the petition, CLICK HERE.