The State of Indiana in 2016 elected their first ever woman of Asian descent to serve as a councilwoman at-large. Tina is also the first woman on the Elkhart county council after unseating an eight-year incumbent in the primary. With this, she made history not once, not twice but thrice in a State considered to be the hardest place nationally for any minority to be accepted, voted and serve in the field of politics.
County Councilwoman Wenger hails from the Philippines originally and has been very active in her community, as a volunteer, teacher, foster parent and church member. Her forty years (40) in the United States has always been about serving this country in any capacity she can at any time she has. On her first run for public office as a township member she lost by 9 votes, yes 9 votes. By that experience she knew that to win was just a matter of knocking on more doors. Which she did when again she decided to run for county council. Her method of door knocking was praised not just by the people answering the doors but also by fellow candidates who would often quip “nobody does that anymore’. Guess what? Somebody still does. And she finds it to be a very effective way of campaigning.
Tina is married with three grown children. Her schooling includes a Masters Program with an Economics background from the University of Santo Tomas. And University of the East. A continuing Masters Program in teaching at Bethel College now being renamed as Bethel University in Mishawaka Indiana.
Tina’s current active involvement along with her landscape photography includes the following.
Tina M Wenger
Elkhart County Indiana
National Association of Counties Member
Immigration Reform Task Force Member
International Economic Development Task Force Member
HSE Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee Member
Indiana Association of Counties Member
Indiana County Council Association Member
RNC Charter and Sustaining Member
RNC Presidential Advisory Board Member
RNC Lifetime Member
National Conservative Caucus Member
National Federation of Filipino American Association Member
NAFFAA Great Lakes Region Indiana Chapter Chairperson
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~Henry Ford