Roger Wendt

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Roger F. Wendt
Roger F. Wendt - Official Portrait - 83rd GA.jpg
Member of the Iowa House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 9, 2011
("stepped down" February 1, 2010)
Preceded by Steve Warnstadt
Succeeded by Chris Hall
Personal details
Born (1933-12-31)December 31, 1933
Staplehurst, Nebraska
Died March 30, 2011(2011-03-30) (aged 77)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anita
Residence Sioux City, Iowa
Alma mater University of South Dakota,
University of South Dakota
Profession Educator
Religion Lutheran

Roger F. Wendt (December 31, 1933 – March 30, 2011) was a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District from 2003 until 2011, though he "stepped down" from the Iowa House in February 2010 due to serious illness.[1] He died on March 30, 2011 from lung cancer.

Wendt received his BA from Wayne State College, his MA from the University of South Dakota, and his Ed.D. from the University of South Dakota.[2]

Wendt was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 with 4,212 votes, running unopposed.[3] In 2008 he won reelection by a margin of only 280 votes over Republican opponent Rick Bertrand.[4]

When he stepped down, Wendt served on several committees in the Iowa House - the Human Resources, State Government, Transportation, and Ways and Means committees, as well as the Education committee, of which he was chair. After he stepped down, he was moved to being vice chair of the Education committee for the remainder of the term.[5]

He stepped down on February 1, 2010 due to lung cancer. He had survived cancer in his other lung 17 years earlier and been cancer-free since.[6] Wendt died on March 30, 2011 from lung cancer.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

*incumbent

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2002 [8]
District 2
Turnout: 5,817
Democratic (newly redistricted) Roger F. Wendt Democratic 3,553 61.1
Jim Lewis Republican 2,258 38.8
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2004 [9]
District 2
Democratic hold Roger F. Wendt* Democratic unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2006 [10]
District 2
Democratic hold Roger F. Wendt* Democratic unopposed
Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2008 [11]
District 2
Turnout: 9,147
Democratic hold Roger F. Wendt* Democratic 4,709 51.5
Rick Bertrand Republican 4,429 48.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rep. Roger Wendt Not Returning to Iowa Capitol, KCAU-TV. "In a statement he said, at the recommendation of his doctor, he will not be returning to the Iowa house for the remainder of the 2010 Session ... However, he is not resigning his seat."
  2. ^ Former State Rep. Roger Wendt dies, Jason Clayworth, Des Moines Register, March 31, 2011.
  3. ^ 2006 General Election Official Results Iowa Secretary of State
  4. ^ IA State House 002 Our Campaigns, 2008 election
  5. ^ Education committee, General Assembly 83
  6. ^ Fighting cancer, Wendt leaves Iowa House, Bret Hayworth, Sioux City Journal, February 21, 2010
  7. ^ Former State Rep. Roger Wendt dies, Jason Clayworth, Des Moines Register, March 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2002 General Election (11/5/2002)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2002-12-02. p. 23. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Canvass Summary - Final - 2004 General Election (11/2/2004)". Iowa Secretary of State. 2004-12-06. p. 18. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Official Results Report - Statewide, 2006 General Election 11-07-2006". Iowa Secretary of State. 2006-11-21. p. 25. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  11. ^ "November 4, 2008 General Election Results". Iowa Secretary of State. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

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Iowa House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Warnstadt
2nd District
2003–2011
Succeeded by
Chris Hall