Minnesota (District: 3)
Erik Paulsen (born May 14, 1965) is an American politician serving in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States House of Representatives for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota%27s_3rd_congressional_district">Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district since 2009. A member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party, he previously served in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_House_of_Representatives">Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009 and as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_House_Majority_Leader">Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007. His district in the western part of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis-St._Paul">Twin Cities metropolitan area is Minnesota’s wealthiest and includes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomington,_Minnesota">Bloomington, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Prairie">Eden Prairie, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edina,_Minnesota">Edina, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnetonka">Minnetonka, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_Grove,_Minnesota">Maple Grove and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayzata">Wayzata.
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 supports pro-growth initiatives and believes that open markets are the key to a strong economy.
Erik is also a member of the Joint Economic Committee, a bicameral Congressional Committee composed of ten members from the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, which studies and performs research on matters relating to the U.S. economy, and advises Congress on how to best spur economic growth and create jobs.
In addition, he is 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 14 years in the State Legislature where he served as House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007.
He received his B.A. in mathematics from St. Olaf College and resides in Eden Prairie with his wife and their four daughters.