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Biography of Sen. Sheila Harsdorf
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/10/2017

Sheila graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in animal science and returned to River Falls to become a loan officer for the Production Credit Association while farming part-time on her family's dairy farm. Two years later she and her brother, Jim, became partners in the family business.

Harsdorf served on the Pierce County Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 1982-1988. She also served as chair of the Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee in 1986. Sheila was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pierce-Pepin Holstein Breeders Association, a graduate of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program and actively involved in Pierce County 4-H as part of the Dairy Committee and coach of the Dairy Judging Team.

In 1988, Sheila ran and won the seat of the 30th Assembly District in the Wisconsin Legislature, where she served five consecutive sessions. During her time in the Assembly, she served on the Agriculture Committee, the Legislative Advisory Committee of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Boundary Area Commission, the Legislative Council Special Committee on Land Use, the Assembly Committees on Natural Resources, on Veterans and Military Affairs, and on Colleges and Universities, where she served as the ranking Republican member.

After taking a two year reprieve to work on the family farm, she entered the 10th State Senate race in 2000 against an eight-year incumbent. She was successful in the campaign, and now serves to represent parts of Burnett, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties.

In the State Senate, Sheila serves on the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance. She chaired the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges and is a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism and the Senate Committee on Education Reform and Government Operations.

In her hometown of River Falls, Sheila remains an active member of the Luther Memorial Church. She is a past member of the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust Board and the Wisconsin Conservation Corps Board. Additionally, she is former President of Wisconsin FFA Foundation Sponsor's Board.

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