P.O. Box 231
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Born and raised in Rock County, Janis graduated from Evansville High School in 1968. She has been married to her husband Gordy, retired UAW member, for 45 years. She is the mother of two children and the proud grandparent of five grandchildren.
After earning her degree in Finance from Madison Area Technical College, Janis served as Head Bookkeeper at Union Cooperative for four years. She then moved to her family’s business, Ringhand Meats and Beverages, where she worked for seventeen years.
During that time, Janis became particularly interested in local government. Being a small business owner, local ordinances and state laws impacted their business and after learning more about the process, Janis decided to take a more active role in the community. Elected to the Evansville City Council in 1998, Janis served on the Council until she was elected Mayor in 2002. She eventually returned to the City Council in 2008 and stayed on until her election to the State Assembly in 2010.
Janis has been involved in several community organizations including the Stoughton Hospital Board, the Literacy Connection, her local Chamber of Commerce, the Governors Committee on Public Benefits, VFW Auxiliary Post 6905 and the Evansville Energy Independence Team.
Elected to the State Assembly in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, Janis currently serves on five legislative committees: Urban and Local Affairs, Veterans Affairs, Small Business Development, Workforce Development and Government Operations and State Licensing.. She also served as Secretary of the Assembly Democratic Caucus over the past two years.