Kent Sorenson

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Kent Sorenson
Kent Sorenson.jpg
Iowa State Senate District 13
Former Member
In office
January 10, 2011-October 2, 2013
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Iowa State House of Representatives
High schoolIndianola High School, 1990
Date of birthMarch 29, 1972
Place of birthDes Moines, IA
ProfessionOwner/Operator, Pro-Kleen Maintenance
Personal website
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 Michelle Bachman's presidential campaign. Sorensen noted that his resignation is "absolutely not" an admission of guilt.[1]


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

Committee assignments


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

Iowa Committee Assignments, 2012
Government Oversight
State Government


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


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


Presidential preference


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]



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%


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


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

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

Campaign donors


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


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


Sorenson and his wife, Shawnee, have six children.

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