|Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 38B district
|Preceded by||Tim Pawlenty|
|Succeeded by||Mike Obermueller|
|Born||November 11, 1943
|Political party||Republican Party of Minnesota|
|Alma mater||Augustana College - South Dakota, Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|Occupation||teacher, legislator, military officer|
Lynn D. Wardlow (born November 11, 1943) is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he represented District 38B from 2003-2009. The district includes over half of the city of Eagan in Dakota County, which is in the southeastern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. A Republican, he was elected to the open seat vacated by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2002. As a legislator, he focused on the issues of education, transportation, tax reduction, small business promotion, and health care reform.
While in office, Wardlow served on the following House committees: E-12 Education, Early Childhood Learning Finance Division, Education Finance and Economic Competitiveness Finance Division, Mental Health Division, and Veterans Affairs Division.
Before running for political office, Wardlow was a middle school and high school mathematics teacher and coach for over 30 years in the Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley School District. He also served in Vietnam in 1969 as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning two Navy Commendation Medals with one a Combat V. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1995 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He holds a B.A. from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a M.S. in Mathematics from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato.
In the November 2008 general election, Wardlow was unseated by Democrat Mike Obermueller in his bid for a fourth term. His son, Doug Wardlow, subsequently ran for the same seat in the 2010 general election, unseating Obermueller.