|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 9th district
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Baron Hill|
|Succeeded by||Baron Hill|
|Born||December 17, 1945|
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
|Residence(s)||New Albany, Indiana|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966–1973|
|Unit||Indiana National Guard|
• 151st Infantry Regiment
Michael E. Sodrel (born December 17, 1945) is an American politician and businessman who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's 9th congressional district from 2005 to 2007. Sodrel launched another run against incumbent Democratic Rep. Baron Hill in 2010 – his fifth straight run for Congress in the ninth district. However, he lost the Republican nomination to Bloomington attorney Todd Young, who won the general election.
In 2022, after a twelve-year political retirement, Sodrel announced he was running for his old seat in the 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Sodrel grew up across the Ohio River in New Albany, Indiana. He graduated New Albany High School in 1963. Sodrel attended Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana.
From 1966 to 1973, Sodrel served in the 151st Infantry Regiment of the Indiana National Guard. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. Since 1963, Sodrel has worked at his family's business, Sodrel Truck Lines Inc. He founded the Free Enterprise System Inc. (a charter motor-coach/contract passenger-carrier) and Sodrel Logistics.
Sodrel is the author of an internet book, Citizen Sheep Government Shepherds.
U.S. House of Representatives
Sodrel served as a member of the United States House Committee on Agriculture, United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House Committee on Small Business, and United States House Committee on Science.
During his term, Sodrel opposed partial-birth abortions and federal funding for elective abortions. He opposed additional environmental regulations. He has outspokenly supported the right to bear arms. He has a 92 lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, and a zero rating from the League of Conservation Voters. He is in favor of permanently repealing the federal estate tax.
In 2006 Sodrel introduced a bill that would prevent federal courts from ruling on the content of speech in state legislatures. The proposal came as a response to U.S. District Judge David Hamilton's ruling that official Indiana House proceedings could not begin with sectarian prayers that advanced any particular religion.
Sodrel has campaigned on a platform of creating and protecting jobs, lowering taxes and values.[clarification needed] He drives his own 18-wheeler on the campaign trail. He first ran for the House of Representatives in 2002, losing to incumbent Baron Hill, 51% to 46%. In the 2004 rematch, he defeated Hill by 1,500 votes.
Sodrel ultimately lost his bid for re-election by a margin of 45% to 50%. The candidates raised equivalent funds in 2006.
Texas millionaire Bob J. Perry gave more than $5 million to the Economic Freedom Fund, a 527 group, which included Hill as one of its targets for removal. The group paid for automated "push poll" calls attacking Hill. These calls stopped after action by the Indiana Attorney General.
In October 2007 Sodrel announced that he would run again in 2008 for the Congressional seat against Baron Hill, whom he defeated in 2004 but to whom he lost in 2002 and 2006. In 2006 Cook rated the race as a toss-up for the duration of the race, but in 2008 the race moved between Likely D to Lean D on the Cook Political Report. Sodrel's fundraising was weak compared both to Hill and Sodrel's 2006 figures.
Hill defeated Sodrel in the election, 58% to 39%.
On January 11, 2010, at an event in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Mike Sodrel announced that he would again seek the 2010 Republican nomination for the 9th congressional seat. He joined two other candidates in the field of Republican contenders: Bloomington attorney Todd Young (a native of Carmel, Indiana) and Columbus real-estate investor Travis Hankins. A poll published by the left-leaning weblog Firedoglake showed Sodrel leading Hill 49–41 in a head-to-head race. However he lost the Republican nomination, coming in third place behind Travis Hankins and winner Todd Young. Young won the general election against Hill.
On February 8, 2022, Sodrel announced that he would once again seek the Republican nomination for the ninth district after three-term representative Trey Hollingsworth announced his retirement. Sodrel is one of nine Republicans seeking the nomination in the district.
|Year||Democrat||Votes||Pct||Republican||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|2002||Baron P. Hill||96,654||51%||Mike Sodrel||87,169||46%||Jeff Melton||Green||2,745||2%||Al Cox||Libertarian||2,389||1%|
|2004||Baron P. Hill||140,772||49%||Mike Sodrel||142,197||49%||Al Cox||Libertarian||4,541||2%|
|2006||Baron P. Hill||110,454||50%||Mike Sodrel||100,469||46%||D. Eric Schansberg||Libertarian||9,893||4%||*|
|2008||Baron P. Hill||181,254||58%||Mike Sodrel||121,514||38%||D. Eric Schansberg||Libertarian||12,000||4%|
In 1967, Sodrel married Marquita Dean; they have two children and seven granddaughters. Sodrel has served on numerous charitable organization's board of directors, including the Remnant Trust and as a past regional council president of the Boy Scouts of America.
- TRIBUNE, NEWS AND. "Former Congressman Sodrel enters 9th District race". News and Tribune. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
- "Mike Sodrel". Ballotpedia. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
- "Trucking magnate running for Congress caught in residence kerfuffle". TheTrucker.com. Associated Press. April 22, 2022. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
- Sodrel releases first book, Chris Morris, Jefferson Evening News and Tribune, August 20, 2010
-  Archived July 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "2009 National Environmental Scorecard". Lcv.org. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
-  Archived December 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived May 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived September 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "Rep. Baron Hill | The Cook Political Report". Cookpolitical.com. Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
- "Hill Defeats Sodrel". WLKY. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
- "IN-9: Baron Hill Trailing Mike Sodrel in Fifth Straight Match Up, 41% to 49% | Elections". Elections.firedoglake.com. January 21, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
- Magleby, David B.; Patterson, Kelly D. (December 3, 2015). Battle for Congress: Iraq, Scandal, and Campaign Finance in the 2006 Election. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-26334-0.
- "Candidate List - Abbreviated" (PDF). Indiana Secretary of State.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
- Official website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- FairTax Mike Sodrel is a supporter and cosponsor (Link no longer works)
- Firedoglake blog article
- Appearances on C-SPAN