Kent Sorenson

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Kent Sorenson
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Iowa State Senate District 13
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$25,000/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Kent Sorenson (b. March 29, 1972) is a Republican member of the Iowa State Senate, representing District 13. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He previously served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011.

Sorenson's professional experience includes working as Owner/Operator of Pro-Kleen Maintenance, a soccer coach, and a volunteer fire fighter.[1]

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. [2] Sorenson originally endorsed Michele Bachmann[3] 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."[4]

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. [5]

In the June 8 primary election, Sorenson ran unopposed. [6]

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). [7] Sorenson raised $49,892 for his campaign, while Davitt raised $34,059. [8]

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: [9]

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

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Sorenson raised $260,391 in contributions. [10]

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.[11]

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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tod Bowman (D)
Iowa State Senate District 13
2013–present
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