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Wenzel, Stephen G. "Steve"

House 1973-82 (District 12B); House 1983-92 (District 13B); House 1993-2001 (District 12B)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus

Counties Served:  Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/7/1946
Birth Place: Little Falls, Minnesota
Birth County: Morrison
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death:
Gender: Male
Religion: Catholic
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names: Steve
City of Residence (when first elected): Little Falls
Occupation (when first elected): Educator

EDUCATION

Morrison County Country Schools; Elementary School;
Little Falls High School; Secondary;
St. Cloud State College; B.S.; 1968
St. Cloud State College; Attended Graduate School; Educational Administration
University of Minnesota; Attended Graduate School;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

U.S. Legislative Staff/Council/Commission: United States Senate (Congressional Intern for United States Senator Walter Mondale); 1967 to 1967
U.S. Executive Branch: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development, Minnesota (State Director, Appointed by President George W. Bush); 08/2001 to 20?? [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Single
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Mike LeMieur  - Nephew

GENERAL NOTES

He was a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Little Falls, Minnesota.

Religion provided by the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.

Total Days Served: 10448

SESSIONS SERVED

82nd Legislative Session (2001-2002)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/7/2000
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 8/10/2001 (unfinished term)
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:     2001 1st Sp.S. - Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Finance
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Policy
  • Crime Prevention
  • Ways and Means
Reason for unfinished term: Appointed to other office
Session Notes: He was appointed State Director of Rural Development in the United States Department of Agriculture.

81st Legislative Session (1999-2000)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/3/1998
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/5/1999 to 1/2/2001
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Educator/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Finance
  • Agriculture Policy
  • Crime Prevention
  • Ways and Means

80th Legislative Session (1997-1998)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/5/1996
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/4/1999
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Educator/Legislator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Joint House/Senate Special Select Subcommittee on Agricultural Education (Chair)
  • Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs

79th Legislative Session (1995-1996)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/8/1994
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/1995 to 1/6/1997
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance and Rural Development
  • Agriculture: Dairy Policy and Soil and Water Conservation
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs
  • Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs: Local Government
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Rules and Legislative Administration: Administration

78th Legislative Session (1993-1994)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/3/1992
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/2/1995
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance and Rural Development
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Environment and Natural Resources Finance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Insurance
  • Labor-Management Relations

77th Legislative Session (1991-1992)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 13B
Elected: 11/6/1990
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance and Farm Programs
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Agriculture: Rural Development, Marketing, and International Trade
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Appropriations
  • Appropriations: Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Labor-Management Relations

76th Legislative Session (1989-1990)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 13B
Elected: 11/8/1988
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/1989 to 1/7/1991
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Former Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance and Farm Programs
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Resources
  • Education
  • Education: Higher Education Division
  • Insurance
  • Labor-Management Relations

75th Legislative Session (1987-1988)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 13B
Elected: 11/4/1986
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/2/1989
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Former Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Finance Division
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Agriculture: Farm Programs and Policies
  • Agriculture: International Trade, Farm Commodities, Agri-Business and Marketing
  • Agriculture: Soil and Water Conservation
  • Education
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Insurance
  • Labor-Management Relations

74th Legislative Session (1985-1986)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 13B
Elected: 11/6/1984
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Insurance
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agricultural Products Marketing
  • Education
  • Education: Education Finance Division
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance

73rd Legislative Session (1983-1984)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 13B
Elected: 11/2/1982
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
Counties Represented: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Insurance
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Agricultural Exports and Marketing
  • Agriculture: Dairy and Livestock
  • Agriculture: Farm Policies and Programs
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Banking
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Pensions and Investments

72nd Legislative Session (1981-1982)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/4/1980
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/6/1981 to 1/3/1983
Counties Represented: Mille Lacs, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Life Insurance Representative/Former Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture (Chair)
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Products and Marketing
  • Agriculture: Farm Programs and Policies
  • Commerce and Economic Development: Oil Decontrol Task Force
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Banking
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Administration

71st Legislative Session (1979-1980)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/7/1978
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/3/1979 to 1/5/1981
Counties Represented: Mille Lacs, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Life Insurance Representative/Former Educator
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Agriculture Products and Marketing
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance: Banking
  • Governmental Operations
  • Governmental Operations: Personnel

70th Legislative Session (1977-1978)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/2/1976
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
Counties Represented: Mille Lacs, Morrison
Occupation: Legislator/Life Insurance Sales Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Governmental Operations

69th Legislative Session (1975-1976)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/5/1974
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/7/1975 to 1/3/1977
Counties Represented: Mille Lacs, Morrison
Occupation: Life Insurance Representative
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  • Governmental Operations

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 12B
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Little Falls
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
Counties Represented: Mille Lacs, Morrison
Occupation: Educator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • General Legislation and Veterans Affairs
Articles & Books About
Cook, Mike. "New Job, Same Focus." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, November 28, 2001, p. 18.



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