About Barbara Shanklin
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, 2016, and 2020, she was re-elected and is currently serving a fifth four-year term. 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 previously served as a community liaison for the Jefferson County Police Department and as a social action representative for IUE-CWA Local 761.
In 2024, she continues to serve as Chair of the Metro Council’s Equity, Community Affairs, Housing, Health & Education Committee. She is also a member of the Public Safety Committee.
Shanklin holds an Ed. D. from Spalding University; a Masters in Training and Communications from Webster University; a Bachelors 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, and Chairwoman of the Newburg Days Festival. Formerly, she served as the Junior Achievement leader and founder of the Christmas Clothe-A-Child Program at General Electric, Building 5.