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Wendzel, Pauline (R)

State Representative District 79
Office: N1098 HOB
Term: Second
Phone: (517) 373-1403
Home Address: Watervliet, MI
Seat Number: 48
Standing Committees: Commerce & Tourism(C), Elections & Ethics(VC), Rules & Competitiveness, Regulatory Reform
(C) = Chair, (VC) = Vice Chair

BB - Binsfeld Building,  BT - Boji Tower,  CB - Capitol Building,  HOB - House Office Building  


Rep. Wendzel's first attempt at public office became a success when she defeated Democrat Joey ANDREWS by securing 55.6% of the vote.

Wendzel came out on top of a five-candidate August primary field in 2018 when she won 46.2% of the primary vote in the 79th House district.

In 2020, Wendzel defeated Jacquie Gnodtke BLACKWELL in the primary 82.4% to 17.5%.  In the general election she handily defeated Chokwe PITCHFORD 56.6% to 43.3% for the right to a second term.  


Wendzel became the programs director at the North Berrien Historical Museum in 2014.

She also has worked on her family farm.

She was most recently the product brand development manager at Coloma Frozen Foods.

She served as the assistant deputy clerk for Bainbridge Township.

To read MIRS biography of Rep. Wendzel, click here.


She is an alumnus from Watervliet High School and Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and food industry marketing.


She has spent time counseling young children at Five Pines Christian Camp.


Jacob Rushlow
Cell Phone: 269-876-1543

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