Roger Wendt is currently serving his fourth term in the Iowa House. He is the Chair of the Education Committee and also serves on the Human Resources- Transportation, State Government, and Ways and Means Committees.
Roger Wendt was born December 31, 1933. He is the son of Arnold and Elsie Wendt of Staplehurst, Nebraska, where Roger was born and raised. Roger moved to Sioux City in 1958.
Upon graduation from high school in Seward, Nebraska in 1951, Roger attended Wayne State College. Two years, later, from 1953-1955, Roger took time off from school to serve in the U.S. Army. Then, Roger returned to Wayne State College to obtain a bachelor’s degree in education. Roger went on to earn a master of arts as well as a doctoral degree in education from the University of South Dakota.
Since college, Roger has dedicated his career to achieving excellence in education. He began his long career in education teaching psychology, biology, driver’s education, and health at Central High School in Sioux City from 1958-1966. He then supervised student teachers at the University of South Dakota from 1966-1967. Next, he taught classes at Morningside College in Sioux City from 1969-1970. From teaching, Roger proceeded to school administration, serving as a night school principal from 1963-1966,a summer school principal from 1967-1975, a 10th grade principal from 1967-1972, an assistant principal from 1972-1975. Roger then became the Director of Secondary Education in the Sioux City Community School District from 1975-1977. From 1977-1990, Roger served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District. After serving as the Principal of Hoover Middle School in Sioux City from 1990-2002, Roger retired from his career in Education, completing his 44 years of service in the Sioux City Community School District.
Roger and his wife Anita have been happily married for 50 years. Sharing Roger’s passion for creating a strong educational system, Anita has taught at the elementary level and at Western Iowa Tech Community College.
Over the years, Roger has been very active in a variety of community organizations including United Way, Faith Lutheran Church, and the Boys and Girls Home. He also belongs to several professional organizations including the National Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa, the American Association of School Administrators, the Iowa Association of School Administrators, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. In his spare time, Roger enjoys spending time with his friends and family and is an avid hunter and fisherman.