Shantel Krebs, Republican, was elected to serve District 10 in the State House in 2004. She was then elected to her current seat in the South Dakota Senate for District 10 in 2010. Shantel is the chairwoman of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources committee and also serves on the Health and Transportation committees. She was chairwoman of the House Transportation committee in 2008-2010. She was a majority whip in the House and is currently a majority whip in the South Dakota Senate.
Shantel lives with her husband Mitch on an acreage outside Sioux Falls. She comes from four generations of farming in South Dkaota as well as business owners in trucking and dealerships. Shantel was previously employed in the healthcare industry. She owned and operated two retail stores in downtown Sioux Falls and now consults in the retail sector.
Senator Krebs graduated from Arlington High School in 1991 and has lived in South Dakota her entire life. Shantel graduated from Dakota State University with a Business Administration degree.
Shantel has served on numerous boards and committees including the Xcel Energy Advisory board, DSU Foundation board, Southeast Council of Governments, Vice Chair of the State Republican Party, SD Symphony Orchestra board, Past President American Business Women's Association, SD Voices for Children, Southeastern Behavioral Health Festival of Trees co-chair, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Leadership Sioux Falls. Krebs also co-chaired the First Lutheran Church capital campaign.
Awards she has received include FFA State Farmer Award, American Business Women's Association Woman of the Year, 2004 Southeastern Behavioral Health Donors of the Year, Dakota State University Distinguished Alumnus, 2011 Associated General Contractors Highway Champion, 2011 Association of Townships Friend of Local Government, 2012 South Dakota Farmer's Union Distinguished Legislative Leader and 2012 SD State Fair Legislative Beef Showmanship. Krebs has spoken at numerous events throughout the Midwest on various topics including women in business, business startup, agricultural issues and leadership development. Krebs was also selected in 2012 as a national delegate for the American Council of Young Political Leaders to China and Taiwan. Shantel particularly enjoys raising buffalo and horses, pheasant hunting and playing the saxophone.