Pete Sorenson, Commissioner - District 3 South Eugene

Pete Sorenson
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District 3 - South Eugene

Commissioner since 1997

Term expires in January 2021

Lane County Public Service Building
125 East 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 682-3721
(541) 682-4616 FAX
Office Hours
By Appointment 

Current Term Ends
December 31, 2020

Pete Sorenson

Pete Sorenson is a leader. He's Lane County Commissioner from the South Eugene District. He's been an assistant in Congress, and has worked for a Presidential Administration, served as a State Senator, been an adjunct law professor and he's active in his community of Eugene, Oregon as a Lane County Commissioner.


Professional Background: Lane County Commissioner; Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon School of Law; attorney in private practice; Oregon State Senator; volunteer prosecutor, Lane County District Attorney's Office; Special Assistant, Office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; and Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Jim Weaver.

Formal Education
Program for America's Emerging Political Leaders, University of Virginia; JD, University of Oregon School of Law; MA, University of Oregon Graduate School (Geography); BA, University of Oregon (Geography); AA, Southwestern Oregon Community College; graduate, North Bend (Oregon) High School. 

Prior Public Service: 
Volunteer prosecutor at the Lane County District Attorney 's office; Lane County Democratic Central Committee and budget committee chair; Oregon delegate to the Democratic National Convention; Eugene City Club charter member; Lane County Redistricting Task Force; Lane Community College board chair and budget committee member; Oregon Community College Association board member; Lane Community College Senior Companion Program advisory committee member; 4th Congressional District Democratic Committee, vice-chair; candidate for Democratic Nomination for Governor of Oregon. 

 Board Chair, four times, Lane County Board of Commissioners, a general government serving over 366,000 people; elected six times as Lane County Commissioner (and four of those times without opposition); Democratic candidate for Governor of Oregon; Board Chair, Lane Community College; Board Chair, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency; Board Chair, Metropolitan Policy Committee, Lane Council of Governments; Board Chair, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County; Assistant Democratic Leader, Oregon State Senate; Kidsports Assistant Soccer Coach; YMCA Assistant Basketball Coach; elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention, Chicago; honored guest at the Democratic National Convention, New York; Oregon Wild Award for Vision; City of Eugene Hometown Civil Rights Hero; Going to Bat for Veterans Award, Lane County Veterans Association; Southwestern Oregon Community College Alumnus of the Year; featured in the New York Times magazine for work protecting America's drinking water; delegate to United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm; lecturer at New York University, Columbia University, Tulane University, Stanford University, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, University of California (Los Angeles), Arizona State University, University of Oregon, Willamette University, Valparaiso University, John Marshall College of Law, City University of New York (Flushing), American University, George Washington University, Fordham University, Hofstra University and many other law schools throughout the United States. 

Family and Personal:
 Married to Kim Leval, writer and head of Kim Leval Writing and Consulting. Two grown children: Jennifer Leitner, social worker, son-in-law Josh Leitner, Oregon Health and Sciences University, in Portland; Erik Sorenson, founder of Veracity Commercial Partners - a commercial real estate and commercial leasing firm in San Francisco, daughter-in-law Jessica Sorenson. Parents: Vernon (now deceased), a teacher and Jean, a retired secretary living in Eugene. Two grandchildren. 

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