Shantel Krebs was sworn in as South Dakota’s 28th Secretary of State on January 2nd, 2015. Prior to that she served three terms in the South Dakota House of Representatives followed by two terms in the state Senate. Shantel was chairwoman of the Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee and also served on the Health and Transportation committees. She was chairwoman of the House Transportation committee in 2008-2010. She was a majority whip in the State House in 2006-2008 and a Senate majority whip in 2010-2012.
Shantel is a fourth generation South Dakotan born and raised in Kingsbury County. She comes from a long history of family farming and entrepreneurship. She was previously employed in the healthcare industry, and also owned and operated two retail stores in downtown Sioux Falls as well as owning her own consulting firm for small businesses and organizations.
A lifelong South Dakotan, Shantel graduated from Arlington High School in 1991 and earned a Business Administration degree from Dakota State University.
She 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, Vice Chair of the Minnehaha County 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, 2012 Soybean Advocate Award, 2012 SD State Fair Legislative Beef Showmanship champion and 2014 SD Corn Growers Association Legislator of the Year. 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.
Shantel has been married for 15 years to her husband, Mitch and they live on a small ranch in Stanley County.