Metro Wire Staff
The Wisconsin Paper Council has selected State Representative Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) as the organization’s Legislator of the Year for 2019.
The 51-year-old trade association presented Shankland with their Legislator of the Year Award at their 69th Annual Meeting held at Lambeau Field on June 20, 2019. Each year the WPC selects two legislators, one from each house and each political party to receive these prestigious awards.
“Representative Shankland has been a strong supporter of our organization and our industry,”
stated Craig Timm, Chairman of the WPC Board of Directors. “Katrina’s tireless efforts in support of the UWSP Paper Science and Chemical Engineering Program—an important department which produces world-class papermaking engineers—is remarkable.”
Timm called Shankland “a leader in the bipartisan Wisconsin Paper Caucus,” a group that works to inform and educate legislators and the public about the importance of papermaking, forestry, and printing.
Shankland was honored for her strong involvement and continued support for Wisconsin’s pulp, paper, and forestry industries. The lawmaker has been a strong advocate for the Paper Science and Chemical Engineering Program at UWSP, an outspoken proponent for the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology, and is one of the key leaders of the bipartisan Wisconsin Paper Caucus, Timm said.
“I am very humbled and honored to have received this award,” Shankland said. “I’m proud to be part of the Wisconsin Paper Council’s resurgence and very pleased to have been selected to play a leadership role in the Wisconsin Paper Caucus. Papermaking is an incredibly important industry here in Wisconsin. Working together in a bipartisan fashion, we can make this important sector of our economy even stronger.”