Husband: Douglas; 1 Child: Nathan
- Former Minority Caucus Vice Chair, Wisconsin State Senate
- Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, District 31, 2006-2019
- Candidate, Governor of Wisconsin, 2018
- Candidate, Wisconsin State Governor, 2012
- Former Nursing Assistant
- Former Director, Graduate & Undergraduate Programs, Health Administration, University of Illinois, Springfield
- Education Director, Home Health Agency
- Quality Assurance Specialist, Medical Records Department, Saint Louis University
- Researcher, Medical Records Department, Saint Louis University
- Former Faculty, Women's Studies Programs, University of Illinois-Springfield
- Advocate, Wisconsin Farmers Union, 2005
- Member, Alma Chamber of Commerce
- Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers
- Member, American Public Health Association
- Member, Andrew Blackfoot American Legion Auxiliary Post 129
- Board Member, Buffalo County Agricultural Fair Association
- Chair, Buffalo County Democratic Party
- Member, Buffalo County Fair Board
- Member, Buffalo County Farm Bureau Board
- Member, Buffalo County Rural Economic Development Corporation
- President, Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Buffalo County
- Former Pastoral Council, Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
- Member, Saint Lawrence Catholic Church
- Former Board Member, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Association, Buffalo County
- Member, Wisconsin Farmers Union
- Member, Wisconsin Holstein Association
Kathleen Vinehout (Democrat) was a candidate for Governor of Wisconsin. Vinehout lost the primary on August 14, 2018.
Vinehout was a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. She did not seek re-election in 2018.
for more information on the August 14 Democratic primary election. for more information on the November 6 general election.
Vinehout unsuccessfully ran for Wisconsin Governor in the 2012 recall election against incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, losing in the primary. She was considering another run for the position in the 2014 elections but withdrew from the race in January, 2014. On June 28, 2017, Vinehout declared that she would run for governor of Wisconsin in 2018.
Vinehout earned a B.S. in education from Southern Illinois University, an M.S. in public health from Saint Louis University, a Ph.D. from University of Illinois, Springfield, and an AD in Agriculture from LincolnLand Community College.
Vinehout's professional experiences include researcher/quality assurance specialist, an organic farmer, a nursing assistant, a health care manager, an education director, and a professor at University of Illinois, Springfield. She is also the Chair of the Democratic Party of Buffalo County.