Homestead, Florida , United States
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|Info||Commissioner Sorenson can claim a number of legislative victories over the years. She championed the inclusion of “sexual orientation” to the County’s anti-discrimination laws and successfully defended these equal treatment provisions against attempts at repeal. |
She also successfully defeated an irresponsible and ill-conceived plan to convert the Homestead Air Reserve Base into a commercial airport. The airport plan would have endangered the environmental and cultural health of South Miami-Dade and would have heavily affected Everglades and Biscayne National Parks along with the tourism economy of all Miami-Dade. Commissioner Sorenson has been a strong advocate for the appropriate redevelopment of the base and has focused on providing a vision for sustainable growth for South Miami-Dade.
Recognizing that access to parks and recreational facilities is a major factor in reducing crime and improving the “livability” of neighborhoods, Commissioner Sorenson sponsored and passed the Safe Neighborhoods Parks bond issue to improve access and amenities at County parks and recreational facilities.
As a champion of consumer rights, Commissioner Sorenson passed the Equal Pricing ordinance. The law protects consumers from arbitrary and gender-biased pricing in the delivery of services, such as dry cleaning and haircuts.
Prior to serving as a County Commissioner, she was the executive director of the California Women Lawyers Bar Association and a legislative aide to Illinois State Senator Dawn Clark Netsch. She also worked as a political consultant.
Katy Sorenson was born in Chicago in 1955, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sorenson received a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin (1977, 1980). She lives in the Village of Pinecrest, is married to Janis Dzelzkalns, M.D. and they are the parents of Emma, 20 and Arnie, 18.