About State Representative Joel Kitchens
As the son of an FBI Special Agent, my family moved frequently while I was growing up. I was born in Washington D.C. and finished elementary school, middle school, high school, and college in four different states. Sturgeon Bay has become the hometown I never had as a child.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University. Following graduation, I married Sherry Billet, who is also a veterinarian. In 1984, we moved to Sturgeon Bay and started our own veterinary practice. For over 30 years, I managed the business and worked as a farm animal veterinarian in Door and Kewaunee Counties. Sherry continues to operate Peninsula Veterinary Service in Sturgeon Bay. We are the proud parents of three adult children: Rebecca, Caroline and Will.
I ran for the Sturgeon Bay School Board in 1999, a time of financial crisis for the district. We were able to return the district to sound financial footing and after two years I was elected president of the board, serving for 13 years until I resigned to run for the Assembly.