A Great Danish American Birthday - Philip Sorensen

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Philip Chaikin Sorensen (August 31, 1933 – February 12, 2017) was a Nebraska politician and law professor. He was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska from 1965 to 1967.

Sorensen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is the son of Christian A. Sorensen, a Danish American who was Nebraska Attorney General (1929–33), and Annis (Chaikin) Sorensen, who was of Russian Jewish descent. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska. Sorensen was admitted to the bar in Nebraska, Indiana, and Washington.

Sorensen is the younger brother of Ted Sorensen, who was President John F. Kennedy's White House counsel and adviser as well as his chief speechwriter. 

Sorensen was elected lieutenant governor in the 1964 election, defeating Republican Charles Thone (who later served in the US Congress and as governor). He then ran for governor in 1966, but was defeated by Republican Norbert Tiemann.

Sorensen became a law professor at the Ohio State University. Courses he taught included: Torts, Business Organizations, Federal Income TaxLegislation, and Nonprofit Organizations.

In 1958, Sorensen married Janice Lichtenberger in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Sorensen, a sculptor for many years.

Sorensen died on February 12, 2017 at home in Columbus, Ohio. - Wikipedia

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