State Rep. Pauline Wendzel was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. She represents the 79th District, which includes part of Berrien County including the cities of Coloma, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Bridgman and Watervliet, as well as the townships of Bainbridge, Benton, Coloma, Hagar, Lake Charter, Lincoln, Royalton, St. Joseph and Watervliet.


Rep. Wendzel serves as vice-chair of the Commerce and Tourism Committee and the Energy Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session. She also serves as a member of the Agriculture Committee and the Regulatory Reform Committee.


Wendzel is an alumnus from both Watervliet High School and Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and food industry marketing.


In 2014, Pauline became the programs director at the North Berrien Historical Museum. She also has worked on her family farm and spent time counseling young children at Five Pines Christian Camp. Prior to her election, Pauline was the product brand development manager at Coloma Frozen Foods. She served as the assistant deputy clerk for Bainbridge Township.