Rep. Shankland eager to enter competitive Third Congressional District race

Rep. Katrina Shankland
Rep. Katrina Shankland(WSAW)
Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 11:12 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 at 5:45 PM CDT
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(WSAW) - State Representative Katrina Shankland announced today she will be a candidate for Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District in the 2024 election.

“I was raised by public school teachers who taught me from a young age — don’t complain unless you’re going to do something about it. That’s exactly what I have done my entire career, deliver results for Wisconsin,” Shankland said. “I am running for Congress to bring some common sense to our nation’s capital.”

Shankland has served in the State Assembly for 10 years and passed legislation during every session she has served.

“I’ve been delivering for working families for over a decade,” Shankland said. “I’ve been a leader on putting Wisconsin workers first in the legislature and fighting for them and their rights. Whether it’s their wages and good benefits and good jobs, or making sure that they have a right to join a union.”

”There are a number of candidates in this primary, it looks like a competitive district,” said UWSP Political Science Emeritus Professor Ed Miller. “The question is, will the primary be a disadvantage to her in the general election, both in terms of spending and in terms of conflict between the candidates?”

Katrina Shankland is a lifelong Wisconsinite and a graduate of UW-Stevens Point

Raised by public school teachers, Katrina Shankland is a lifelong Wisconsinite. Both UW-Stevens Point graduates, Katrina and her husband live in Stevens Point with their dogs, Stitch and Lyra.

”That district, and this is an advantage that she has, I mean she’s here, in the area of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point,” Miller added. “She’s done a lot of things with the university here. That is the district that has the largest number of universities within the district.”

Shankland becomes the fourth Democratic candidate to enter the race. The incumbent is Republican Rep. Derrick Van Orden who is currently serving his first term after defeating the then-incumbent Ron Kind in 2022 to flip the seat for the first time since 1994.

Before Shankland or any of the candidates take on Van Orden, they will square off against each other in a primary next August.