Sorrell has fond memories of growing up in Hopkinsville. She talks of riding her bike around the Givens addition neighborhood, playing in Little River, and spending days at Fox Creek Cattle Company, that her parents owned and operated. On Sundays, she would be at First Christian Church. She went to University Heights Academy until eighth grade and graduated from Hopkinsville High School, where she lettered in several sports. “I never wanted to leave Hopkinsville. After college, my plan was to go spend a few years working in Washington D.C. and then come right back home.”
Her first memory of politics is volunteering for her Grandmother’s campaign to be elected Metcalf County Property Valuation Administrator. Her first job in politics was with Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) as an intern. From there she went on to work for the second district of Kentucky’s Congressman- Ron Lewis (R-KY) and then Congressman Larry Combest (R-TX.) Sorrell tells stories of how she was quite Pollyannish when she went to Washington, and even shared a recollection when a waiter called her a “country mouse” and welcomed her to the city. “I never did know what tipped him off I wasn’t from there,” she laughs.
At 28, Sorrell started her own political consulting firm in Texas. She took her firm from a start-up to one of national influence. Sorrell worked for many candidates and causes including notables, 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Senator Rand Paul, and former Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Sorrell went from believing politics represented the greatest ideals of our society to learning the dark secrets of the multi-million-dollar world of elected officials that most people can only speculate about. Heartbroken, Sorrell walked away from a lucrative career and moved to Belize, Central America.
To hear Sorrell speak, please join us at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, August 24th, 5pm-6:30pm. The cost is free and open to the public.