10923 40th Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
From candidate website
Kathleen Marie Anderson (Bernier) was born in Eau Claire to John and Marge Anderson (Ginder), both of Eau Claire.
Kathy grew up in the Town of Hallie, now the Village of Lake Hallie. She graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 1974 and married Roc Bernier in September of 1977. She has three children and six grandchildren.
Kathy worked part-time jobs while raising her children in order to help out with family finances. When all three children were in school she was hoping to get a full-time job, but there weren’t many opportunities for someone with only a high school education.
In the spring of 1993, Kathy applied to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was accepted as a non-traditional student, at age 37. Knowing that she still had to help the family financially, she waitressed three nights a week, while taking a full load of classes. All three of her children were in sports, one in wrestling, one in hockey and one in figure skating and gymnastics.
Against the odds and with tears streaming down her cheeks, Kathy graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May of 1998 with her children and parents by her side. In addition to the other challenges she faced, she went through a tough divorce during her third year in college.
Kathy’s graduation party was also her campaign announcement for her decision to run for Chippewa County Clerk. Kathy learned of problems with open meetings and open records violations, as well as financial issues with the health insurance fund and budgeting processes. She made her concerns known publicly and received a significant backlash. She realized that this was a chance to begin giving back to the community.
Kathy has also served as a Village Trustee for the Village of Lake Hallie. She was the liaison to the Clerk/Treasurer’s office and provided leadership and guidance to the police commission and the parks and recreation board.
Kathy made the decision to run for the 68th Assembly District in 2010. It was not easy, but her desire to make a difference for the citizens of the Chippewa Valley and the State of Wisconsin made it clear it was the right choice.
In the State Assembly, Kathy currently serves on the following committees: Aging and Long-Term Care; Criminal Justice and Public Safety; Tourism; and Ways and Means. She also chairs the Campaigns and Elections Committee and is vice chair of the Health Committee. Kathy served on the board of directors for the National Foundation for Women Legislators and is a member of Wisconsin Women in Government among many other public service organizations.