Author Profile

Erik Paulsen | Congressman for Minnesota’s Third District, United States House of Representatives

Current Position and Past Experience
In January 2013, Congressman Erik Paulsen was sworn in to serve his third term representing Minnesota’s Third Congressional District.

Paulsen's legislative agenda parallels the initiatives that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and raise a family: a strong economic climate for job growth, a fairly-funded and accountable education system, a well-preserved environment, safe communities, and tax reform for taxpayers and businesses.

Paulsen is a member of the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, economic and trade policy and is the chief tax writing committee in the House of Representatives. He also serves as the Acting Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources. He supports pro-growth initiatives and believes that open markets are the key to a strong economy.

He is also a member of the Free Trade Working Group and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Working Group. The Free Trade Working Group was formed nearly 20 years ago to educate Members and promote policies that would open foreign markets to U.S. goods.

Erik serves as co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus and is a leader in advocating for the medical technology industry, the life-saving technologies it provides to patients, and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it supports.

Erik brings real-world experience to Capitol Hill with over 16 years of business experience, including working as a business analyst at Target Corporation. Before being elected to Congress in 2008, Paulsen represented Minnesotans for 13 years in the State Legislature where he served as House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Paulsen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from St. Olaf College.

Paulsen has been granted an Aspen Institution Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership and a Marshall Memorial Fellowship from the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Paulsen resides in Eden Prairie with his wife and their four daughters.

Connect
You can find Paulsen online through his official website
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