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Ben Sorensen

Florida-23, U.S. House of Representatives

  • U.S. Navy Reserve Veteran 

Ben is the third generation in his family to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Ben’s grandfather served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945. As a halftrack commander, his grandfather fought in Normandy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and Germany, ultimately earning multiple combat awards including a Bronze Star. Ben’s father served in the Army as a Chaplain from 1960 to 1969, rising to the rank of Captain.

Ben was selected as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve in February of 2008 and is an Information Warfare Officer. In April of 2008, Ben reported to Naval Air Station Jacksonville for Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Course (NIOBC) Phase I. Ben graduated from NIOBC Phase I in September 2008. That same month, Ben reported to and graduated from the Direct Commission Officer (DCO) Indoctrination Course at Officer Training Command Newport. Ben then graduated from NIOBC Phase II at the Fleet Intelligence Training Center. He completed all requirements of the Naval Intelligence Officer Basic Professional Qualification Program and was awarded the Intelligence Officer Basic Additional Qualification Designation. In 2010, Sorensen was named NR JOICSOUTH 0174 Junior Officer of the Year. In 2011, Sorensen was accepted to the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University for a two-year Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence program and graduated in 2013. He served in a Navy Reserve unit at the Pentagon from 2013 to 2018 where he worked for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.