Philip C. Sorensen

Philip Chaikin Sorensen (born August 31, 1933 - died February 12, 2017)[1] was a Nebraska politician and law professor. He was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska from 1965 to 1967.

Philip C. Sorensen
27th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 7, 1965 – January 5, 1967
GovernorFrank B. Morrison
Preceded byDwight W. Burney
Succeeded byJohn E. Everroad
Personal details
Philip Chaikin Sorensen

August 31, 1933
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedFebruary 12, 2017 (aged 83)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Janice Lichtenberger
RelationsAnnis Chaikin Sorensen (mother), Christian Abraham Sorensen (father), Robert Sorensen, Tom Sorensen, Ted Sorensen (brothers), Ruth Singer (sister)

Early life and educationEdit

Sorensen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is the son of Christian A. Sorensen, a Danish American who was Nebraska Attorney General (1929–33),[2] and Annis (Chaikin) Sorensen, who was of Russian Jewish descent.[3] He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska.[1]

Political careerEdit

Sorensen was elected lieutenant governor in the 1964 election, defeating Republican Charles Thone (who later served in the US Congress and as governor).[4] He then ran for governor in 1966, but was defeated by Republican Norbert Tiemann.[4][5]

Later careerEdit

Sorensen became a law professor at the Ohio State University.[6] Courses he taught included: Torts, Business Organizations, Federal Income Tax, Legislation, and Nonprofit Organizations.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

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

Sorensen, a sculptor for many years, displays his work at

Sorensen died on February 12, 2017 at home in Columbus, Ohio.[8]


  1. ^ a b The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. 16. LexisNexis. 1993. p. 2422.
  2. ^ Rutten, Tim (6 May 2008). "'Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History' by Ted Sorensen". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Marcus, Jacob Rader (1981). The American Jewish Woman, 1654-1980. KTAV Publishing House. p. 173.
  4. ^ a b Olson, James C.; Naugle, Ronald C. (1997). History of Nebraska (3d ed.). pp. 357, 362.
  5. ^ Walton, Don (26 August 2009). "Nebraska senators hail Kennedy as epic figure". Lincoln Journal Star.
  6. ^ Philip C. Sorensen - Professor Emeritus of Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University. Retrieved 13 March 2013. Archived January 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Professors: Philip C. Sorensen". Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  8. ^ Obituary
Political offices
Preceded by
Dwight W. Burney
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
John E. Everroad