Steve Wenzel has been a respected and dedicated faculty member of the CLC Political Science Department since 1989. Mr. Wenzel received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Education and his Master's Degree in Political Science and American History from St. Cloud State University. Elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1972, Steve served from 1973-2001 during which time he was Chairman of the Minnesota House Agriculture Committee. From 2001-2009, Steve served as Minnesota State Director of Rural Development in the United States Department of Agriculture while continuing to teach at CLC on a limited basis. He is also the Executive Director of the CLC Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government.