Since being elected as a DNC Representative for WI, Khary has been serving as a liaison between the National Party and our state and local Democrats, as well as recruit and train activists to work on behalf of Democratic candidates and Democratic legislative proposals, with a focus on education, jobs and the economy, and public safety. Khary has also spoken at a number of events for incumbent elected officials as well as for new challengers!
Khary is a husband, father, and successful businessman who isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right. His strong moral values have served him well and shaped him into the tenacious leader he is today. After completing his bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, he embarked upon a successful, nearly twenty-year-long career in the roofing industry. He has jointly owned and operated multiple companies, including Penebaker Enterprises, which completed the acclaimed $60 million Milwaukee City Hall Restoration Project. He currently serves as President of Roofed Right America, LLC.
During the 2016 election cycle, Penebaker ran for Congress against long-time incumbent Republican Jim Sensenbrenner. He built a team of full-time staff members that raised over $120,000 from over 1,400 grassroots donors; Collected over 1600 nomination signatures; Made over 155,000 volunteer recruitment calls into the district which resulted in nearly 1,000 volunteers who completed over 2,500 voter persuasion shifts; Drove nearly 20,000 miles to meet with voters throughout the district; Earned the support of Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Herb Kohl, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Keith Ellison.
As the father of three children ranging in age from toddler to teenager, family time plays a prominent role in his life, as does his faith. He has been actively involved with education, from his own children’s educational achievements to worker skill training. Khary is a proud board member of Planned Parenthood of WI and WAVE (WI Anti-Violence Effort) and is Everytown for Gun Safety‘s WI’s Survivor Fellow.