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Paulsen supported the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/3833/erik-paulsen?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UkRwwhCmUrg ''Vote Smart'', "Paulsen on agriculture", accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
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Paulsen supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013.  The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/3833/erik-paulsen?categoryId=4&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E#.UkRwwhCmUrg ''Vote Smart'', "Paulsen on agriculture", accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>  The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/politics/house-bill-would-split-farm-and-food-stamp-programs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 ''New York Times'', "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Erik Paulsen
Erik Paulsen.jpg
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Ramstad (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,584,178
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
1995-2008
Education
High schoolChaska High School, Chaska, MN
Bachelor'sSt. Olaf College
Personal
BirthdayMay 14, 1965
Place of birthBakersfield, California
ProfessionBusinessman
Net worth$495,516
ReligionLutheran - LCMS
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Erik Paulsen (b. May 14, 1965, in Bakersfield, California) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Minnesota's 3rd congressional district. Paulsen was first elected to the House in 2008. He won re-election in 2012.[1]

Previously, Paulsen served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2008.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Paulsen is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

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. Prior to his political career, Paulsen worked as a businessman.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Paulsen's political career[2]:

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Paulsen serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Paulsen served on the following House committees:[4]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Erik Paulsen endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Paulsen voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

National security

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted in favor of extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps in 2011.[7]

Foreign policy

Removal of troops from Afghanistan

Voted "No" Paulsen opposed a resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.[8]

American involvement in Libya

Voted "Yes" Paulsen supported a ban on using armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011.[8]

Environment

Voted "Yes" Paulsen supported opening the Outer Continental Shelf for oil drilling in 2011.[9]

Voted "No" Paulsen opposed allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases in 2011.[9]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to Paulsen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Paulsen voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Paulsen supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Paulsen supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Paulsen has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[18]

Social issues

Violence Against Women Act

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act which provides aid to prosecute cases of violent acts against women and men.[19]

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Paulsen supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Elections

2012

See also: Minnesota's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Paulsen won re-election in 2012.[21] He defeated John W. Howard III in the Republican primary.[22] He defeated Democratic challenger Brian Barnes in the November general election.[23]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 58.1% 222,335
     Democratic Brian Barnes 41.8% 159,937
     NA Write-in 0.1% 433
Total Votes 382,705
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngErik Paulsen Incumbent 90.2% 18,672
John Howard 9.8% 2,032
Total Votes 20,704

Erik Paulsen, "Math Guy Part II"

Endorsements

Paulsen was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below for the 2012 election.[24]

  • Minnesota Farm Bureau
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
  • Minneapolis Federation of Police
  • TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
  • United States Chamber of Commerce
  • National Federation of Independent Business SAFE Trust

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Paulsen is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Paulsen raised a total of $8,584,178 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[27]

Erik Paulsen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 3) Won $3,113,793
2010 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 3) Won $2,688,948
2008 U.S. House (Minnesota, District 3) Won $2,781,437
Grand Total Raised $8,584,178

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Paulsen's reports.[28]

Erik Paulsen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]7/15/2013$693,846.38$357,734.44$(108,422.37)$943,158.45
July Quarterly[30]7/15/2013$943,158.45$496,231.50$(142,405.24)$1,296,984.71
Running totals
$853,965.94$(250,827.61)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Paulsen's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Paulsen won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Paulsen's campaign committee raised a total of $3,113,793 and spent $2,567,483.[31]

Cost per vote

Paulsen spent $11.55 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Paulsen's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Paulsen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Paulsen's campaign committee raised a total of $2,688,948 and spent $2,575,922.[32]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 3, 2010 - Erik Paulsen Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,688,948
Total Spent $2,575,922
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $529,369
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $529,269
Top contributors to Erik Paulsen's campaign committee
Target Corp$28,200
TCF Financial$24,750
Lockridge, Grindal et al$22,898
Cargill Inc$22,450
Wells Fargo$19,100
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$212,690
Insurance$147,873
Securities & Investment$123,950
Health Professionals$104,651
Misc Finance$103,800

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[33]

Paulsen most often votes with:

Paulsen least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Paulsen is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 11, 2013[34]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Paulsen missed 39 of 3,353 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 1.2% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[35]

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Paulsen paid his congressional staff a total of $899,145 in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranked 26th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[36]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Paulsen's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $182,032 and $809,000. This averages to $495,516, which is a 1.74% increase since 2010. This is lower than the $7,859,232 average net worth for Republican representatives in 2011.[37]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Paulsen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $170,034 to $804,000. This averages out to a net worth of $487,017, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[38]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Paulsen was ranked the 110th most conservative representative during 2012.[39]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Erik Paulsen was ranked the 107th most conservative representative during 2011.[40]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Erik Paulsen has voted with the Republican Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 30th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

Personal

Paulsen lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife, Kelly, and their four daughters.[42]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Erik Paulsen" Accessed December 8, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 8, 2011
  5. The Republic, "Minnesota's Paulsen endorses Romney for president; had previously been Pawlenty supporter," January 26, 2012
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. On the Issues, "Paulsen on Homeland Security", accessed September 11, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 On the Issues, "Erik Paulsen on War and Peace", accessed September 11, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 On the Issues, "Paulsen", accessed September 11, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Erik Paulsen's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Vote Smart, "Paulsen on agriculture", accessed September 26, 2013
  15. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Erik Paulsen's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 26, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Erik Paulsen's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 26, 2013
  19. On the Issues, "Paulsen on Civil Rights", accessed September 11, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Paulsen on abortion", accessed September 26, 2013
  21. Minnesota Public Radio "Barnes to challenge Paulsen," Accessed February 10, 2012
  22. CBS "Primary results" Accessed May 30, 2013
  23. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  24. Erik Paulsen "News Archives" Accessed October 9, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Erik Paulsen" Accessed May 16, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Paulsen 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  29. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  30. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  31. Open Secrets " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Erik Paulsen 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 8, 2011
  33. "Erik Paulsen," Accessed August 5, 2013
  34. Gov Track "Erik Paulsen," Accessed June 11, 2012
  35. GovTrack, "Erik Paulsen" Accessed April 2013
  36. LegiStorm, "Erik Paulsen," Accessed October 9, 2012
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Erik Paulsen (R-Minn), 2011," Accessed February, 16 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Erik Paulsen (R-Minn), 2010," Accessed October 9, 2012
  39. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  42. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed December 8, 2011
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U.S. House of Representatives - Minnesota, District 3
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