Dr. Barbara Shanklin was elected to serve on the first Louisville Metro Council in November 2002. In 2004, 2008 and 2012, she was re-elected to four year terms. In 2005, she served a term as president of the Metro Council. Previously, she served as Majority Caucus Chair for the Council. In 2011 and 2012, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Caucus.
Dr. Shanklin represents the neighborhoods of Newburg, Norfolk, Poplar Hills, and Buechel. She is president of the Newburg Board of Directors and previously served as a community liaison for the Jefferson County Police Department and as a social action representative for IUE-CWA Local 761.
She is currently Chair of the Community Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the Public Safety Committee.
Shanklin holds an Ed. D. from Spalding University; a Master’s Degree in training and communications from Webster University; a Bachelor’s Degree in business from McKendree University; and an Associate Degree in computer programming from Watterson College. She also attended Central High School.
Her civic involvement includes serving as block watch captain for Shasta Trail; educational program chairwoman for the Jefferson County Police Advisory Board (Baker District) and Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center; former Junior Achievement leader; founder of the Christmas Clothe-A-Child Program at General Electric, Building 5; chairwoman of the Newburg Days Festival; board member of the Salvation Army, and member of the Adult Education Board and Early Child Development Board.
She has three children and seven grandchildren.