Eric Sorensen

Illinois, Congress (IL-17)


Eric Sorensen is in his first term representing Illinois's 17th congressional district, which covers portions of central and western Illinois. A meteorologist by training, Sorensen brings a unique perspective to his work in Congress, particularly on issues related to climate change, environmental protection and public health.

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Sorensen attended Northern Illinois University, where he earned a degree in meteorology. He pursued a successful career as a television meteorologist, working at stations in Texas and Illinois.

During his time as a meteorologist, Sorensen became increasingly concerned about the impacts of climate change, both in his community and around the world. He used his platform to educate viewers about the science of climate change and the urgent need for action.

Sorensen's first foray into politics came in 2022, when he ran for the open seat in Illinois's 17th district. Running as a Democrat, Sorensen emphasized his scientific background and his commitment to evidence-based policymaking, particularly on issues related to climate change, renewable energy, and environmental protection.

On the Issues

Since arriving in Congress, Sorensen has continued that science-driven approach, securing a spot on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He has used that assignment to advocate for policies to invest in clean energy research and development, strengthen environmental regulations, and support communities impacted by climate change.

As a member of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, Sorensen has also been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. He has pushed for policies to combat discrimination, expand access to healthcare, and protect LGBTQ+ individuals from violence and harassment.

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