Barbara Shanklin is a founding member of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Council and was first elected to serve in November 2002. In 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016, she was re-elected to four year terms. In 2005, she served as president of the Metro Council. Previously, she served as Majority Caucus Chair. 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.
In 2020, she serves as Chair of the Metro Council’s Community Affairs, Health & Education Committee. She is also a member of the Public Safety Committees.
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.