Ray Sorensen was born in Creston, Iowa and raised in Fontanelle, Iowa. Ray was given the nickname "Bubba" by his dad, as he was a chubby baby, and the name stuck. Bubba grew up playing sports, showing cattle and drawing. His love for artwork carried into a career as a Graphic Designer and a mural artist.
In 1999, after seeing the movie "Saving Private Ryan", Bubba was inspired to paint a thank you to our Veterans on a large 12ft tall boulder (dubbed the Freedom Rock®). Since then, he has voluntarily painted a different unique thank you on that rock each May (for Memorial Day) since.
In 2007, Bubba married his wife Maria (Galanakis) and they shortly after (2008) started their business, Sorensen Studios.
In 2013, Bubba and Maria started the Freedom Rock® Tour with the goal of putting one in all 99 counties in Iowa. Bubba has now completed all 99 Freedom Rocks® (as of Sept '21) and will finish a 100th in Iowa, as well as, painting various other mural including Freedom Rocks® in other states.
In 2011, they welcomed their first child, Independence (Indie), in 2014, they welcome the birth of their second child, Michael (Mikey), named after my Dad and Great-Grandpa, and number 3 came in 2021, when Liberty (too many nicknames to list) was born. With the addition of Liberty, we decided - patriotic names for girls, family names for the boys.
Bubba has many accomplishments including many awards for his work and dedication to Veterans through his artwork. From his George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, to being commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher in 2005, to being named Outstanding Young Iowan by the Iowa Jaycees in 2007 and receiving a Commander's Award for Public Service from Major General Timothy Orr, and being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2019. Bubba has always longed to serve his community and especially for our Veterans who serve our country.
Bubba won the General Election in 2018 and again in 2020, and is now serving in his second term as Representative for Iowa House District 20, which includes all of Adair and Guthrie counties and portions of Dallas and Cass counties.
Because of census re-districting, Bubba will now seek reelection in the new Iowa House District 23, that includes all of Adair and Madison Counties, as well as, portions of Dallas, Clarke and Union counties. So if you live in these areas, please vote for Ray Bubba Sorensen!
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