Erik Paulsen

Erik Paulsen


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Erik's Correspondence Corner: Chemical Safety Reform and Kari's Law

2016-05-27 15:47:40

Paulsen Remembers the Life of Wheelock Whitney

2016-05-26 16:09:57

Paulsen Remembers the Life of Glen Nelson

2016-05-23 21:32:48

Erik's Correspondence Corner: The Opioid Epidemic and Supporting Law Enforcement

2016-05-20 19:05:10

Paulsen Honors Law Enforcement on House Floor

2016-05-17 19:23:09

Paulsen Speaks About the Health Savings Act

2016-05-17 16:59:00

Paulsen Testifies Before Ways and Means Committee on Craft Brew Bill

2016-05-12 18:26:37

Congressman Paulsen Cooks Up His Boundary Waters Bacon, Beef, and Taters Hotdish

2016-05-11 14:47:46

Paulsen: Help Law Enforcement Find Missing Children

2016-05-10 22:43:06

Paulsen: Give Law Enforcement the Tools to Find Missing Children

2016-05-01 18:13:46

Erik's Correspondence Corner: Updating Email Laws and Supporting American Manufacturing

2016-04-29 21:21:25

Paulsen Congratulates the Minnetonka Girls Basketball Team on State Title

2016-04-29 18:06:02

Paulsen on the Recovering Missing Children Act

2016-04-28 16:15:55

Paulsen Speaks in Support of American Manufacturing

2016-04-27 20:34:10

Congressman Erik Paulsen Remembers the Life and Music of Prince

2016-04-27 18:12:56

Erik's Correspondence Corner: Feed the Future Initiative and STEM Education

2016-04-21 20:51:30

Paulsen: Pass MTB Legislation to Help Minnesota Manufacturers

2016-04-20 16:34:47

Erik's Correspondence Corner: Zika Virus and IRS Accountability

2016-04-15 19:13:54

Paulsen: Support American Manufacturing Jobs

2016-04-14 20:50:07

Paulsen: Give Patients More Health Care Choices with Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts

2016-04-14 16:10:54

Contact Information

127 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2871
Fax 202-225-6351

Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

Erik Paulsen represents Minnesota’s Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives, a district made up of the northwest, west and southwest suburbs of Minneapolis.

Prior to his election to Congress in 2008, Paulsen served in the Minnesota House from 1995 to 2008. He was the House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007.

He began his career in public service working as a legislative assistant in Washington for his predecessor, Congressman Jim Ramstad Paulsen later served as the director of Ramstad’s Minnesota office He and his wife Kelly reside in Eden Prairie along with their four daughters Cassie, Briana, Tayler and Liesl.

Paulsen has 16 years of business experience, including working as a business analyst at Target Corporation He received his B.A. in mathematics from St. Olaf College.

During his tenure in the Minnesota House, Paulsen earned a reputation as a leading watchdog for taxpayers and a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility. He teamed with Governor Pawlenty to eliminate a $4.5 billion state budget deficit without raising taxes.

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.

For his strong commitment to these issues, Paulsen has received several important recognitions, including Legislator of the Year awards from the Association of Metropolitan School Districts and the Suburban Transit Association He was also named Outstanding Legislator by the Minnesota School Boards Association and received the Nature Conservancy’s Government Relations Award for environmental leadership.

Paulsen has participated in several distinguished leadership programs and fellowships, including the inaugural two-year class of the Aspen Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In addition, he has participated in a number of overseas programs, traveling to India, China, Brazil, the Middle East and Europe.

Paulsen’s commitment to his community has not been limited to his service in elected office He has served as a Board Trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, as well as a board member of the Southdale YMCA, the Eden Prairie A Better Chance Foundation, and Habitat for Global Learning. He is also a member of the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce Paulsen also has enjoyed coaching his daughters’ soccer teams and teaching Sunday school.

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