Born June 16, 1958; married; 1 child. B.S. with honors in education Southern Illinois U. 1980; M.P.H. St. Louis U. 1982; Ph.D. St. Louis U. 1987; A.D. in agriculture. Organic farmer. Former dairy farmer, university professor, health care manager.
Member: Wis. Farmers Union; Wis. Farm Bureau Federation (fmr. bd. mbr., Buffalo Co.); Alma Chamber of Commerce; Democratic Party of Buffalo Co. (fmr. chp.); Andrew Blackfoot American Legion Auxiliary Post 129. Former member: Buffalo Co. Agricultural Fair Assn. (bd. mbr.); American Federation of Teachers (treas., Local 4100). Recipient: Wis. Farmers Union Friend of Farmers Union Award 2013; Wis. Congress of Parents and Teachers Joan Dykstra Friends of Children Award 2012; Wis. Aquaculture Assn. Friend of Wisconsin Aquaculture 2011; La Crosse Area Development Council Triangle of Achievement; AFSCME Council 40 Protector of Quality Services Award 2010; School Administrators Alliance Legislator of the Year 2010; Wis. Academy of Family Physicians Friend of Family Medicine; Wis. Grocers Assn. Friend of Grocers 2010; Wis. Crop Production Assn. Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award; Wis. Assn. of County Homes 2010 Outstanding Legislative Service Award; Wis. Troopers Assn. Legislator of the Year 2010; Wis. League of Conservation Voters Conservation Champion 2008; Wis. Assn. of PEG Channels Friend of Access 2008; Wis. Assn. of FFA Honorary State FFA Degree 2008; Pharmacy Soc. of Wis. Legislator of the Year 2008; Wis. Federation of Cooperatives Friend of Cooperatives 2008. Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission 2004-present.
Elected to Senate 2006; reelected 2010. Minority Caucus Vice Chairperson 2013, 2011; Majority Caucus Vice Chairperson 2009. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism; Education (also 2011); Jt. Com. on Information Policy and Technology; Jt. Com. for Review of Admin. Rules; Jt. Legislative Audit Com. (co.-chp., 2011 eff. 7/24/12, 2009); Mississippi River Parkway Comn. (also 2011). 2011 — Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education; Financial Institutions and Rural Issues. 2009 — Agriculture and Higher Education (chp., also 2007); Children, Families and Workforce Development; Economic Development; Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care, and Job Creation. 2007 — Health and Human Services (vice chp.); Economic Development, Job Creation, Family Prosperity and Housing; Judiciary and Corrections.
Content referencing Kathleen Vinehout
“While the Governor talks about helping make college affordable and the importance of education, his feel good proposals do not undo the damage to higher education and our public schools.”Jan 19th, 2016 by State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout
Newest Speaker Vos Proposal Will Severely Restrict Records AccessSep 8th, 2015 by Peter Barca
Rep. Barca Testifies About Problems Plaguing Privatized Medical Transportation Program, Will Offer Alternative
Rep. Barca Requested Audit in Response to Constituent ConcernsSep 2nd, 2015 by Peter Barca
“Their bill embeds auditors in the agencies making them ripe for corruption by executive staff and partisan leaders.”Jun 8th, 2015 by State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout
Slate highlights problem solvers.Sep 25th, 2014 by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
Engaged Conservation Voters Trumping PollutersJul 1st, 2014 by Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters
A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that, just over a year from the election, the 2014 Wisconsin governor’s race is shaping up to be very competitive.Oct 29th, 2013 by Press Release