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Rep. Jill Billings named Outstanding Legislator



The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) recognized 95th Assembly District Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) as this session’s Outstanding Legislator.

Dan Bahr, Government Affairs Association with WCA presented the award to Billings in Riverside Park Monday.

“I really appreciate this award because I got my start on the county board, and so to have that acknowledgment of the work I’m doing in the State Assembly is an honor to receive,” Billings said.

The award was credited to her work with water concerns and making sure the DNR notified private well owners about potential issues. Other projects including helping taxpayers receive money back from landfill tipping fees for the Xcel Energy power plant, and payouts from lawsuits filed to battle the heroin and opioid epidemic.

“For me, you can’t go wrong if you listen to the people you represent,” Billings said.

She noted her work with tipping fees and water was pushed forward after hearing concerns from her constituents.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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