|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives|
from the 63rd district
January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008
|Preceded by||Jerry Vander Roest|
|Succeeded by||Jase Bolger|
October 9, 1945|
Republican (until 2014)|
Libertarian (since 2014)
Wenke served in the Michigan House of Representatives. In 2004, Wenke was one of only two Republicans in the state legislature to vote against adding an amendment to the Michigan Constitution outlawing gay marriage. Tonya Schuitmaker defeated Wenke in the 2010 Republican Party primary election for the 20th district of the Michigan Senate.
With Schuitmaker running for reelection in a different district in the 2014 election, Wenke announced that he would run for the 20th district seat in September 2013. In 2014, he switched to the Libertarian Party over difference with the Republican Party on gay marriage and issues surrounding taxation. Running in the general election against Democratic Party nominee Sean McCann and Republican Party nominee Margaret O'Brien, Wenke received less than 10% of the vote. His 7,000 votes were the most for a Libertarian candidate in Kalamazoo County history.
- "Citing GOP opposition to gay rights, state Senate candidate Lorence Wenke leaves Republican Party". MLive.com.
- "Former state Rep. Lorence Wenke announces state Senate bid". MLive.com.
- "Close 20th District state Senate race has candidates waiting on absentee-ballot count". MLive.com.
- Sinclair Broadcast Group. "Performance of Lorence Wenke sets record in 20th State Senate election". WWMT.