The Sorensen Institute is proud to have more than 2,000 graduates of our various programs.
Currently 29 program alumni serve in the Virginia General Assembly. Additionally, in 2010, two Sorensen Alumni were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and in 2013 an alumnus was elected Lt. Governor. They represent the entire range of legislative districts. Sorensen alumni speak for the rural farmer and the urban worker, while representing large metropolitan areas and small traditional communities. These legislators are visible reminders that politics can be about the heated clash of ideas, but that our differences do not have to divide us.
Hundreds of graduates of Sorensen’s programs hold positions in local government, as mayors, council members, supervisors and elected positions all over the Commonwealth, or as appointed members of boards and commissions and as local community leaders.
Sorensen's High School and College Leaders Programs alumni have already made their mark on Virginia.
Student Programs alumni are student body presidents, legislative aides, Rhodes Scholars, Governor's Fellows, and appointees to state boards and commissions.
All students in Sorensen's High School and College Leaders Programs write and defend legislation as part of their group projects. The following bills, now approved, were initially crafted by our young alumni, who also lobbied for the bills' passage.
SB 906: Any family life education curriculum offered by a local school division shall require the SOL objectives related to dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships to be taught at least once during middle school and at least twice during high school.
HB 1435: If a local school board offers a course in American Sign Language (ASL), it must treat completion of that course as a completion of a foreign language course for purposes of academic credit and graduation requirements.
HB 300/SB 354: Provides a $200 tax credit to registered beekeepers for each new hive.