Erik Paulsen

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Erik Paulsen ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Erik Paulsen has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 3rd district of the State of Minnesota, since 2009.


Positions, record and controversies

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Paulsen opposes privatization of Social Security. On his campaign website, Paulsen says he will work to lower prescription drug prices for senior citizens, and make long-term can more affordable and accessible. [1]


Paulsen believes that communities, parents and teachers should be able to make decisions about their school's curriculum. [2]


Paulsen supports increasing deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. [2]


Paulsen supported the Minnesota Greenhouse Gas reduction program. [2]


Paulsen was born May 14, 1965, Chanhassen, Minn. He graduated from St. Olaf College and took jobs with the Cable Value Network and later Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and Rep. Jim Ramstad. He currently is a business analyst for Target.Paulsen and his wife, Kelly, have four daughters. In 1994, Paulsen was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives and served there through 2008. From 2003 to 2007, he was the majority leader in the House. [3] [4]

2008 elections

Paulsen was the Republican nominee in the 2008 congressional election for the seat left open by the retirement of Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) .[5] He ran unopposed in primary elections which took place on September 9, 2008.[6] Paulsen defeated Democratic nominee Jigar Ashwin Madia in the November 2008 general election.[7]

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Tyco International$ 25,800
Wells Fargo$ 25,300
Deloitte LLP$ 23,000
Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP$ 22,967
Banner Engineering$ 20,850
Xcel Energy$ 20,150
General Mills$ 19,551
Hb Fuller Co$ 18,200
Upsher-Smith Laboratories$ 18,200
Lifetouch Inc$ 17,300
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Erik Paulsen
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Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and affiliations



Paulsen has been involved in the following leadership and fellowship programs:

  • The Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership
  • The German Marshall Memorial Fellowship
  • The Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on U.S.-China relations
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders

He is also involved in the following groups:

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts as Board Trustee
  • Southdale YMCA as Board Member
  • Eden Prairie a Better Chance Foundation as Board Member
  • Learning Exchange, a place that helps people with disabilities, as Volunteer[8]

More background data


DC office
  • 127 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2871 Fax: 202-225-6351
    Webform email
District offices
  • 250 Prairie Center Drive, Suite 230, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
    Ph: (952) 405-8510 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

Articles and resources

  1. Erik Paulsen for Congress-Protect Seniors
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Erick Paulsen for Congress-Fact or Fiction
  3. Erick Paulsen for Congress - About Erick
  4. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
  5. 2008 Race Tracker page on Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District
  6. Greg Giroux, "Franken Primary Win One of Many Key Results from Tuesday’s Primaries",CQ Politics, September 10, 2008
  7. "Minnesota 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008
  8. The Paulsen Record, Erik Paulsen for Congress

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