Shantel was sworn-in as South Dakota's twenty-eighth Secretary of State in January 2015. As a fourth-generation South Dakotan who was raised around production agriculture and entrepreneurship, Shantel knows business and learned early in life the value of a strong work ethic. She brings that drive and determination to the office and vows to never forget that the office works for you.
After graduating from high school in her hometown of Arlington, Krebs earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Dakota State University. Shantel has had a successful career in the healthcare industry, business consulting and entrepreneurship. She owned and operated two stores in Sioux Falls, and most recently operated a consulting firm with business and retail clients across the United States and Canada.
In 2014, Shantel concluded a decade-long tenure in the legislature. She served six years in the House, and four in the Senate, holding committee chairs in Transportation and Agriculture & Natural Resources. She was elected to leadership positions in both chambers.
Shantel brings a rededication to the office with a renewed emphasis on customer service. She believes your right to vote is a privilege and should be protected. Shantel knows the importance of making sure the Secretary of State's Office provides impeccable personal services and business filings, and those filings are completed appropriately and in a timely manner to the highest level of customer satisfaction.
When not working, Shantel enjoys volunteering, horseback riding, hunting and exploring all parts of South Dakota. She and her husband Mitch live on a small ranch in Fort Pierre.