FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ben Sorensen, the Vice Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, announced today his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sorensen believes his decades of public service, community leadership, and personal values will help him work effectively with others in Congress. He will bring strategic vision and original ideas to real world problems facing Americans today.

"As a local elected official, military intelligence officer, small business owner, and former teacher, I have a unique perspective and ability to best represent the people of my district."

After living through the 9/11 attack while in New York City and seeing the aftermath of the London bombings while attending school, Ben joined the United States Navy Reserve. Sorensen serves at U.S. Southern Command, where he works with allies in South and Central America to build strategic intelligence, military and economic partnerships. Sorensen previously served at the Pentagon and on special task forces which have given him a deep understanding of the national security concerns of the United States and important allies around the world.

"With over 14 years of military experience, serving at the highest level of our national security apparatus, I understand the importance of strategic relationships with our closest allies like NATO and Israel, and the importance of defending democracies like Ukraine around the world."

Sorensen is also a small business owner that works with Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits alike to create better leaders and foster enhanced collaboration and empathy within the workforce leading to greater organizational success. Ben wants to take his success and experience in the private sector and bring them to Congress.

"It is vital that we work together to make Washington function in a more positive way on both domestic issues and foreign policy," Sorensen said. "I will lead with a collaborative, results-driven spirit to navigate our economy to a stronger path, prioritize common sense sustainability solutions, and demand true equity and equality for all Americans."

Sorensen was first elected to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission in 2018. As Vice Mayor and a City Commissioner in Fort Lauderdale, he has been a recognized leader on innovative infrastructure improvements, transportation solutions and combating climate change. He has worked collaboratively with the Federal Aviation Administration, the GSA and state and federal Departments of Transportation on transformational projects, including changing flight patterns to protect established neighborhoods, and finding a better location for the construction of a new federal courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Sorensen has insisted on common sense solutions to combat sea level rise in his coastal community with responsible improvements that are working.

Sorensen is a graduate of Florida's public schools, and a former elementary and high school teacher. He has continued his education to better serve his country and his community, resulting in multiple advanced degrees including a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a Master of Arts of Leadership from Duquesne University.

"As a public-school graduate and former teacher, I know how important it is to invest in our education system. When working for Bob Graham on education policy, I realized the impact that a committed legislator could have on children's futures. A strong public school system is paramount to the success of the next generation of Americans."

Sorensen will bring a grassroots approach to both his campaign and his office. For several months in the summer and fall of 2018, Sorensen moved his city commission office to a homelessness encampment to bring a spotlight to and better understand the issue of homelessness and lack of affordable housing. Working with a coalition of partners, meeting with members of the community, and hosting city meetings with business and local leaders he was a catalyst for a project that developed a community court that brings together a whole host of services that ended with the encampment being disbursed and providing many of the people experiencing homelessness with much needed services.

"I believe that in order to solve a problem, we have to really see it. We must talk to the people who are actually experiencing difficulty and hardship. We have so many issues facing our community right now; affordable housing, homeowners insurance, inflation, and fuel costs are just a few of the issues affecting both our families and our businesses. In my campaign and as a legislator I vow to go the extra mile, to do the hard work, and to step out of my comfort zone to challenge the problems others write off as too difficult to solve."

Leading Sorensen's campaign is Cynthia Busch, the former Chairwoman of the Broward County Democratic Party, and Travis Perron, the former Executive Director of the Broward County Democratic Party.

Sorensen and his wife, Anna, who works in the arts, live in Fort Lauderdale with their two young daughters, Alexandra and Louise. Their rescue dog, Ginger, is looking forward to treats on the campaign trail.
Contact the Campaign

701 SE 7th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


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