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  name                = Kent Sorenson |
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  |Name = Kent Sorenson
  political position  = Iowa State Senate District 37 |
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  |Profile picture = Kent Sorenson.jpg
  incumbency          = Incumbent |
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  |Position = Iowa State Senate District 13
  assumed office      = January 10, 2011|
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  |Status = Former Member
  term ends           = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 10, 2015]] |
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  |Tenure = January 10, 2011-October 2, 2013
  political party    = [[Republican]] |
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  profession          = Owner/Operator, Pro-Kleen Maintenance |
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  website             = [http://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/legislator.aspx?GA=84&PID=7500 Senate website] |
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|Political party = Republican
}}{{tnr}}'''Kent Sorenson''' (b. March 29, 1972) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Iowa State Senate]], representing the 37th District since January 10, 2011. Before his senatorship, Sorenson served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Kent Sorenson''' (b. March 29, 1972) is a former [[Republican]] member of the [[Iowa State Senate]], representing District 13 from 2011 to October 2, 2013. He resigned amidst allegations of violating ethics rules by receiving money from groups connected to the Michelle Bachman and Ron Paul presidential campaigns. Sorensen noted that his resignation is "absolutely not" an admission of guilt.<ref>[http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/02/3665849/investigator-bachmann-camp-paid.html ''miamiherald.com'', "Iowa senator quits after report on Bachmann money," October 2, 2013]</ref>
  
Sorenson is Owner/Operator of Pro-Kleen Maintenance, a soccer coach, and a volunteer fire fighter.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=32692 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Tymeson]</ref>  
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==Biography==
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Sorenson's professional experience includes working as Owner/Operator of Pro-Kleen Maintenance, a soccer coach, and a volunteer fire fighter.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=32692 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Tymeson]</ref>  
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2013-2014===
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At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sorenson served on the following committees:
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|State = Iowa
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|year = 2012
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Government Oversight
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|Committee2 = Judiciary
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|Committee3 = State Government
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===2011-2012===
 
===2011-2012===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sorenson has been appointed to these committees:
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In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sorenson served on these committees:
*[[Government Oversight Committee, Iowa State Senate|Government Oversight]]
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*[[Judiciary Committee, Iowa State Senate|Judiciary]]
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{{Committee Assignments
*[[Natural Resources & Environment Committee, Iowa State Senate|Natural Resources & Environment]]
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*[[State Government Committee, Iowa State Senate|State Government]]
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|State = Iowa
*[[Joint Committee on Government Oversight, Iowa State Legislature|Joint Committee on Government Oversight]]
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|year = 2011
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Government Oversight  
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|Committee2 = Judiciary  
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|Committee3 = Natural Resources & Environment  
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|Committee4 = State Government  
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===2009-2010===
 
===2009-2010===
 
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sorenson served on these committees:
 
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sorenson served on these committees:
* [[Commerce Committee, Iowa House of Representatives|Commerce]]
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* [[Economic Growth Committee, Iowa House of Representatives|Economic Growth]]
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* [[Government Oversight Committee, Iowa House of Representatives|Government Oversight]]
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* [[Local Government Committee, Iowa House of Representatives|Local Government]]
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|State = Iowa
* [[Rebuild Iowa and Disaster Recovery Committee, Iowa House of Representatives|Rebuild Iowa and Disaster Recovery]]
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|year = 2009
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|Chamber = State Senate
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|Committee1 = Commerce  
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|Committee2 = Economic Growth  
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|Committee3 = Government Oversight  
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|Committee4 = Local Government  
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|Committee5 = Rebuild Iowa and Disaster Recovery  
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==Issues==
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===Presidential preference===
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{{presendorsetest|2012|Ron Paul}}<ref>[http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/12/28/bachmanns-iowa-state-chairman-defects-to-ron-paul/ ''Wall Street Journal,'' "Bachmann’s Iowa State Chairman Defects to Ron Paul," December 28, 2011]</ref> Sorenson originally endorsed Michele Bachmann<ref>[http://iowaindependent.com/57870/sorenson-zaun-make-bachmann-support-official ''Iowa Independent'' "Sorenson, Zaun make Bachmann support official," August 14, 2011]</ref> and was serving as the state Chairman of her campaign in Iowa prior to endorsing Paul. Sorenson made the announcement at a rally for Paul on December 28, 2011, stating, "I believe we're at a turning point in this campaign. I thought it was my duty to come to his aid, just like he came to my aid during my Senate race, which was a very nasty race."<ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2011-12-29/bachmann-sorenson/52264738/1 ''USA Today,'' "Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman endorses Paul," December 29, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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* Iowa '''families'''
 
* Iowa '''families'''
  
==Campaign Donors==
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===2010===
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In 2010, Sorenson raised $260,391 in contributions. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IA&y=2010&f=S&so=s#sorttable 2010 contributions]</ref> 
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His four largest contributors were:
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| Iowa Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $69,600
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| Butler County Republican Central Cmte
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| Align="Right" | $15,000
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| Iowa Farm Bureau
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| Align="Right" | $13,548
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| Iowans For Tax Relief
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| Align="Right" | $12,000
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===2008===
 
===2008===
 
In 2008 Sorenson collected $49,892 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=103252 2008 Contributions to Kent Sorenson]</ref>
 
In 2008 Sorenson collected $49,892 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=103252 2008 Contributions to Kent Sorenson]</ref>
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==Personal==
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Sorenson and his wife, Shawnee, have six children.
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==Controversies==
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===FBI Raid===
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In November 2013, the FBI searched Sorenson's home in connection to allegations that the 2012 presidential campaigns of both [[Michele Bachmann]] and [[Ron Paul]] made secret payments to Sorenson. Agents allegedly spent nearly seven hours searching his home and computers.<ref>[http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/234476391.html ''startribune.com'', "FBI raids home of top Bachmann aide in Iowa," December 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Recent news==
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==External links==
 
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*[http://kentsorenson.com/ Kent Sorenson's Campaign Website]
 
*[http://kentsorenson.com/ Kent Sorenson's Campaign Website]
*[http://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/legislator.aspx?GA=84&PID=7500 Kent Sorenson on the Iowa Senate Website]
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*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=103396 Project Vote Smart biography]
*[http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/members/kent-sorenson Iowa House Republicans Profile]
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*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=103396 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
* [http://www.iowaelectionresults.gov/ Results for the November 2, 2010 general election, Iowa]
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=121751 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=103252 2008]
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=103396 Project Vote Smart Bio]
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*[http://votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=103396 Project Vote Smart Legislative Profile]
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* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=103252 2008]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/kentsorenson Kent Sorenson on Facebook]
 
*[http://www.facebook.com/kentsorenson Kent Sorenson on Facebook]
 
*[http://twitter.com/kentsorenson Kent Sorenson on Twitter]
 
*[http://twitter.com/kentsorenson Kent Sorenson on Twitter]
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Revision as of 16:44, 4 December 2013

Kent Sorenson
Kent Sorenson.jpg
Iowa State Senate District 13
Former Member
In office
January 10, 2011-October 2, 2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State House of Representatives
2008-2010
Education
High schoolIndianola High School, 1990
Personal
BirthdayMarch 29, 1972
Place of birthDes Moines, IA
ProfessionOwner/Operator, Pro-Kleen Maintenance
Websites
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Kent Sorenson (b. March 29, 1972) is a former Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 13 from 2011 to October 2, 2013. He resigned amidst allegations of violating ethics rules by receiving money from groups connected to the Michelle Bachman and Ron Paul presidential campaigns. Sorensen noted that his resignation is "absolutely not" an admission of guilt.[1]

Biography

Sorenson's professional experience includes working as Owner/Operator of Pro-Kleen Maintenance, a soccer coach, and a volunteer fire fighter.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sorenson served on the following committees:

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Government Oversight
Judiciary
State Government

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sorenson served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sorenson served on these committees:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Kent Sorenson endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [3] Sorenson originally endorsed Michele Bachmann[4] and was serving as the state Chairman of her campaign in Iowa prior to endorsing Paul. Sorenson made the announcement at a rally for Paul on December 28, 2011, stating, "I believe we're at a turning point in this campaign. I thought it was my duty to come to his aid, just like he came to my aid during my Senate race, which was a very nasty race."[5]

Elections

2010

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sorenson did not run for re-election to House district 74 in 2010, but instead ran successfully for the 37th State Senate district seat.

See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2010

Sorenson defeated Democratic incumbent Staci Appel by a margin of 16,748 to 11,646 in the November 2 general election. [6]

In the June 8 primary election, Sorenson ran unopposed. [7]

Iowa State Senate, District 37 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kent Sorenson (R) 16,748 59%
Staci Appel (D) 11,646 41%
Iowa State Senate, District 37 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kent Sorenson 4,851 100%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Sorenson was elected to the 74th District Seat in the Iowa House of Representatives, defeating Mark Davitt (D). [8] Sorenson raised $49,892 for his campaign, while Davitt raised $34,059. [9]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 74
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKent Sorensen (R) 8,846
Mark Davitt (D) 8,683

Campaign themes

2010

On his campaign website, Sorenson lists these issues as his causes: [10]

  • Lower taxes
  • Responsible spending
  • Better schools
  • Iowa families

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Sorenson raised $260,391 in contributions. [11]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Republican Party $69,600
Butler County Republican Central Cmte $15,000
Iowa Farm Bureau $13,548
Iowans For Tax Relief $12,000

2008

In 2008 Sorenson collected $49,892 in donations.[12]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Iowa Family Policy Center $16,391
Iowa Republican Party $4,469
Davitt, Richard $4,152
Iowans for Tax Relief $3,000

Personal

Sorenson and his wife, Shawnee, have six children.

Controversies

FBI Raid

In November 2013, the FBI searched Sorenson's home in connection to allegations that the 2012 presidential campaigns of both Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul made secret payments to Sorenson. Agents allegedly spent nearly seven hours searching his home and computers.[13]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Kent + Sorenson + Iowa + Senate

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tod Bowman (D)
Iowa State Senate District 13
January 2013–October 2013
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Staci Appel
Iowa State Senate District 37
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Robert Dvorsky (D)
Preceded by
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Iowa House of Representatives District 74
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Glen H. Massie