|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 17th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2023
|Preceded by||Cheri Bustos|
|Born||March 18, 1976|
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||Northern Illinois University (BS)|
Eric Sorensen (born March 18, 1976) is an American meteorologist and politician serving as the U.S. representative from Illinois's 17th congressional district since 2023. A member of the Democratic Party, Sorensen is the first openly gay member of Congress from Illinois.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, Sorensen graduated from Boylan Catholic High School. He studied communications and meteorology at Northern Illinois University.
Sorensen began his career as a meteorologist at KTRE, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin, Texas, from 1999 to 2000 before moving to Tyler, Texas, where he was the morning meteorologist for East Texas News Daybreak, which aired on both KLTV and KTRE-TV. He worked as chief meteorologist for WREX, Rockford's NBC affiliate, from 2003 to 2014, before becoming the senior meteorologist for WQAD, the ABC affiliate of Moline, Illinois. Sorensen became a fellow of the Society for Environmental Journalists in 2018. He retired from television in 2021. Sorensen took a job in communications for UnityPoint Health before announcing his run for Congress.
See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois § District 17
With Cheri Bustos not seeking reelection, Sorensen declared his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for Illinois's 17th congressional district in the 2022 elections on November 10, 2021, as a member of the Democratic Party. He defeated Esther Joy King, the Republican nominee, in the November 8, 2022, general election.
On January 31, 2023, Sorensen voted against H.R.497:Freedom for Health Care Workers Act, a bill that would lift COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.
On February 1, 2023, Sorensen voted against a resolution to end the COVID-19 national emergency.
In 2023, Sorensen voted against H.Con.Res. 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.
|Republican||Esther Joy King||111,931||48.0|
Sorensen is the first LGBTQ person to be elected to Congress from Illinois. He lives with his partner in Moline.