Katrina Shankland

Katrina Shankland
Candidate For Assembly District 71

Katrina Shankland

Candidate Background


P.O. Box 531, Stevens Point, WI 54481

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Candidate Biography

From candidate website

I grew up in a town of 1,000 — Wittenberg, Wisconsin, home of Nueske’s bacon. Living in a rural community, I appreciated how important it was to gain access to opportunities. My parents were hard-working public school teachers who taught me to work hard at a young age. I grew up pet-sitting, babysitting, and cleaning houses until I was old enough to work as a lifeguard and swim instructor in Wittenberg, Rothschild and Weston.

I always appreciated what central Wisconsin had to offer. My mom would drive me to Stevens Point to take clarinet lessons at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point when I was in middle school, and I drove to Wausau every week for classes at UW-Marathon County at age 17.

I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in political science and moved to Stevens Point to work at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Working to build solar training capacity in the Midwest by creating a network of solar instructors and installers was a dream come true, and I fell in love with the incredible community.

In 2011, Wisconsin state government changed radically with one-party rule, and I found myself complaining. Working families were losing opportunities while out-of-state billionaires wrote legislation that politicians passed.
My parents taught me an important lesson — don’t complain, they’d say, unless you’re going to do something about it. 

So, I did something about it.

I ran for office to give a voice to everyone in Wisconsin who believes in fairness, opportunity, and community. People deserve a government that represents them and an economy that works for them instead of against them.

Since 2013, I’ve worked to represent the average Joe in the Assembly — whether you’re a millworker, a postal carrier, a construction worker, a student, a farmer, or a senior, I’m here to listen to your story and be your voice in Madison.

It’s an honor to represent you, and I take every vote I cast and every speech I make seriously. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our community.