Erik Paulsen - REP Incumbent

Financial Strength

Raised ($): $5,488,425

Cash on Hand ($): $283,313

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Assumed congressional office in 2009. Former Career: Majority Leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Education: St. Olaf College. Currently resides in Eden Prairie.Erik Paulsen is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. Paulsen was born in 1965 in Bakersfield, California. After graduating from public high school in Chaska, Minnesota, he went on to earn his B.A. at St. Olaf College in 1987. Paulsen took a staff position with Republican Representative Jim Ramstad in Washington, D.C. before seeking election to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1994. From 2007 to 2009, Paulsen worked as a part-time business analyst for Target Corporation while a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 2008 Paulsen won a three-way race for Minnesota’s Third Congressional District. As a Congressman, Paulsen supported continuing the Bush-era tax cuts and global free trade agreements. .In 2010 Paulsen voted against a bill repealing the U.S. military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. Paulsen has been a longtime proponent of immigration reform and supports granting temporary legal status to those who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. In 2017 he voted for an amendment that would have denied transgender service members coverage for transition-related healthcare. In February 2018 Paulsen said he would support a ban on bump stocks, strengthened background checks, a lifting of the ban on federal research for gun violence, and gun violence restraining orders. Paulsen was one of the first Republicans to call for an independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s abrupt firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Age: 54

Years In Office: 11

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