Pete Sorenson

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Pete Sorenson
Member of the Board of Commissioners of
Lane County, Oregon
In office
1997–2017
Preceded by Jerry Rust
Constituency South Lane
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 20th district
In office
1993–1997
Preceded by Grattan Kerans
Personal details
Born 1951
Nevada
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kim Leval
Profession Politician

Pete Sorenson is a County Commissioner in Lane County, Oregon. Born in Washoe County, Nevada, Sorenson is a lawyer and a progressive member of the Democratic Party.

From 1977 to 1979, Sorenson served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture during the Carter Administration. While in private law practice from 1982 to 1995, Sorenson also served as a member of the Board of Education at Lane Community College in Eugene Oregon. During his tenure at Lane Community College, Sorenson advocated strongly for dislocated workers' retraining programs and for childcare for staff and students.

In 1993, Sorenson was appointed to the Oregon State Senate, and was elected to a full Senate term in 1994. He was elected Assistant Minority Leader during the 1995 session.

Because Oregon term limits at that time prevented Sorenson from running for reelection as a State Senator, he ran for County Commissioner in 1996 and was elected to his first term. He ran successfully for reelection as a County Commissioner in 2000, 2004 and 2008; in 2008 he ran unopposed. In 2009 he was elected by the four other commissioners as Chair of the Board of Commissioners, a position he has held before.

Sorenson has always run on a "pro-environment, pro-education, pro-senior, pro-regular taxpayer, pro-child, pro-civil rights, pro-civil liberties, and pro-people" platform.[1]

In January 2005, Sorenson announced he would challenge incumbent Governor Ted Kulongoski, also a Democrat.[2] Sorenson was defeated in the May 2006 Democratic primary for Governor, receiving 16.27% of the vote.[3]

In July 2007 Pete Sorenson and Kim Leval were married. Kim is the Executive Director for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides. Sorenson has two grown children: Jennifer, a child welfare worker for the state of Oregon, and Erik, an accountant for Sansome Street Advisors in San Francisco California.

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