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|Last election = [[Minnesota's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Next primary = August 12, 2014
 
|First elected = November 4, 2008
 
|First elected = November 4, 2008
 
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|Next election = [[Minnesota's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = [[Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
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|Prior office = [[Minnesota House of Representatives]]
 
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|Place of birth = Bakersfield, California
 
|Place of birth = Bakersfield, California
 
|Profession = Businessman
 
|Profession = Businessman
|Net worth  = $495,516
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|Religion = Lutheran - LCMS
 
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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Minnesota ''ABC News,'' "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref name=abcnews>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Minnesota ''ABC News'', "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," accessed November 7, 2012]</ref>  He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014|the 3rd Congressional District]] of [[Minnesota]] in 2014.<ref>[http://candidates.sos.state.mn.us/CandidateFilingResults.aspx?county=&municipality=&schooldistrict=&hospitaldistrict=&level=1&party=0&federal=True&judicial=False&executive=False&senate=False&representative=False&title=&office=0&candidateid=0 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'', "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 11, 2014]</ref>
  
 
Previously, Paulsen served in the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]] from 1995 to 2008.<ref name="bioguide"/>
 
Previously, Paulsen served in the [[Minnesota House of Representatives]] from 1995 to 2008.<ref name="bioguide"/>
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==Biography==
 
==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.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000594 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'' "Erik Paulsen" Accessed December 8, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000594 ''Biographical Guide to Members of Congress'', "Erik Paulsen," accessed December 8, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Paulsen's political career<ref name="bioguide"/>:
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Paulsen's political career:<ref name="bioguide"/>
*[[Minnesota House of Representatives]], 1995-2008 ''Majority Leader, 2003-2007''
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*1995-2008:[[Minnesota House of Representatives]], ''Majority Leader from 2003-2007''
*[[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Minnesota's 3rd congressional district]], 2009-Present
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*2009-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Paulsen serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Paulsen serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Ways and Means Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Ways and Means Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Paulsen served on the following House committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed December 8, 2011]</ref>
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Paulsen served on the following House committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'', "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 8, 2011]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Ways and Means Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Ways and Means Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight
 
**Subcommittee on Oversight
 
**Subcommittee on Human Resources
 
**Subcommittee on Human Resources
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Presidential preference===
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===113th Congress===
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/70656618f66e432996b55ea7ad10e31c/MN--Paulsen-Romney/ ''The Republic,'' "Minnesota's Paulsen endorses Romney for president; had previously been Pawlenty supporter," January 26, 2012]</ref>
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===Specific votes===
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===National security===
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====NDAA====
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{{support vote}} 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/3833/erik-paulsen?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.UkRsmBCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Erik Paulsen's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{support vote}} Paulsen voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name=ns/>
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
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{{oppose vote}} 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.<ref name=ns/>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{support vote}} Paulsen voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name=ns/>
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===Economy===
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====Farm Bill====
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: ''See also: [[United States Farm Bill 2013]]''
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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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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{support vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref name=clerk>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Paulsen voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref name=clerk/>
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{{support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Paulsen voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/3833/erik-paulsen?categoryId=40&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E#.UkRxrBCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Erik Paulsen's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Repealing Obamacare====
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{{support vote}} Paulsen has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/3833/erik-paulsen?categoryId=38&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E#.UkRyBxCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Representative Erik Paulsen's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Violence Against Women Act====
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{{support vote}}
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Paulsen voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act which provides aid to prosecute cases of violent acts against women and men.<ref>[http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Erik_Paulsen_Civil_Rights.htm ''On the Issues'', "Paulsen on Civil Rights," accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
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====Abortion====
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{{support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/3833/erik-paulsen?categoryId=2&type=V,S,R,E,F,P,E,E,E,E#.UkRyZxCmUrg ''Project Vote Smart'', "Paulsen on abortion," accessed September 26, 2013]</ref>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Oppose vote}}
 
{{Oppose vote}}
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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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====National security====
 
====National security====
 
{{support vote}}
 
{{support vote}}
Paulsen voted in favor of extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps in 2011.<ref>[http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Erik_Paulsen_Homeland_Security.htm ''On the Issues'', "Paulsen on Homeland Security", accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
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Paulsen voted in favor of extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps in 2011.<ref>[http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Erik_Paulsen_Homeland_Security.htm ''On the Issues'', "Paulsen on Homeland Security," accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
 
====Foreign policy====
 
====Foreign policy====
 
=====Removal of troops from Afghanistan=====
 
=====Removal of troops from Afghanistan=====
 
{{oppose vote}}
 
{{oppose vote}}
Paulsen opposed a resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.<ref name=war>[http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Erik_Paulsen_War_+_Peace.htm ''On the Issues'', "Erik Paulsen on War and Peace", accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
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Paulsen opposed a resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.<ref name=war>[http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Erik_Paulsen_War_+_Peace.htm ''On the Issues'', "Erik Paulsen on War and Peace," accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
 
=====American involvement in Libya=====
 
=====American involvement in Libya=====
 
{{support vote}}
 
{{support vote}}
Paulsen supported a ban on using armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011.<ref name=war>[http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Erik_Paulsen_War_+_Peace.htm ''On the Issues'', "Erik Paulsen on War and Peace", accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
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Paulsen supported a ban on using armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011.<ref name=war/>
  
 
====Environment====
 
====Environment====
 
{{support vote}}
 
{{support vote}}
Paulsen supported opening the Outer Continental Shelf for oil drilling in 2011.<ref name=oil>[http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Erik_Paulsen.htm ''On the Issues'', "Paulsen", accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
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Paulsen supported opening the Outer Continental Shelf for oil drilling in 2011.<ref name=oil>[http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Erik_Paulsen.htm ''On the Issues'', "Paulsen," accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
  
 
{{oppose vote}}
 
{{oppose vote}}
Paulsen opposed allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases in 2011.<ref name=oil>[http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Erik_Paulsen.htm ''On the Issues'', "Paulsen", accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
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Paulsen opposed allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases in 2011.<ref name=oil/>
  
===Legislative actions===
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==Issues==
====113th Congress====
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s030_070.gif|right|290px|thumb|Erik Paulsen's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Paulsen is a '''Moderate Conservative.''' Paulsen received a score of 25 percent on personal issues and 68 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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====National security====
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===Presidential preference===
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{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/70656618f66e432996b55ea7ad10e31c/MN--Paulsen-Romney/ ''The Republic'', "Minnesota's Paulsen endorses Romney for president; had previously been Pawlenty supporter," accessed January 26, 2012]</ref>
  
====Economy====
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==Elections==
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===2014===
  
====Immigration====
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:: ''See also: [[Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
====Healthcare====
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Paulsen {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He {{2014isseeking}} the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 12, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
====Social issues====
 
=====Violence Against Women Act=====
 
{{support vote}}
 
Paulsen voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act which provides aid to prosecute cases of violent acts against women and men.<ref>[http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Erik_Paulsen_Civil_Rights.htm ''On the Issues'', "Paulsen on Civil Rights", accessed September 11, 2013]</ref>
 
==Elections==
 
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Minnesota's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Paulsen won re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/barnes_to_chall.shtml ''Minnesota Public Radio'' "Barnes to challenge Paulsen," Accessed February 10, 2012]</ref> He defeated [[John W. Howard III]] in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012-primary-results/?state=MN&eid=24012&site=WCCOTVELN ''CBS'' "Primary results" Accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>  He defeated Democratic challenger [[Brian Barnes]] in the November general election.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Minnesota ''ABC News,'' "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012]</ref>
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Paulsen won re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/barnes_to_chall.shtml ''Minnesota Public Radio'', "Barnes to challenge Paulsen," accessed February 10, 2012]</ref> He defeated [[John W. Howard III]] in the Republican primary.<ref>[http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012-primary-results/?state=MN&eid=24012&site=WCCOTVELN ''CBS'', "Primary results," accessed May 30, 2013]</ref>  He defeated Democratic challenger [[Brian Barnes]] in the November general election.<ref name=abcnews/>
 
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====Endorsements====
 
====Endorsements====
Paulsen was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below for the 2012 election.<ref>[http://paulsenforcongress.com/news/ ''Erik Paulsen'' "News Archives" Accessed October 9, 2012]</ref>
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Paulsen was endorsed by the organizations and individuals below for the 2012 election:<ref>[http://paulsenforcongress.com/news/ ''Erik Paulsen'', "News Archives," accessed October 9, 2012]</ref>
 
* Minnesota Farm Bureau
 
* Minnesota Farm Bureau
 
* Fraternal Order of Police
 
* Fraternal Order of Police
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===2014===
 
===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.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H8MN03077 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Paulsen 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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{{Erik Paulsen 2014 FEC}}
{{Campaign finance reports
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|Report 1 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/437/13964077437/13964077437.pdf#navpanes=0 ''FEC'' "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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|Beginning Balance 1 = 693846.38
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|Total Contributions 1 =  357734.44
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|Expenditures 1= 108422.37
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|Cash on Hand 1 = 943158.45
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|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/171/13964079171/13964079171.pdf#navpanes=0 ''FEC'' "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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|Total Contributions 2 =496231.50
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|Expenditures 2=142405.24
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Erik Paulsen 2012 Donors.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Paulsen's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Erik Paulsen 2012 Donors.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00029391''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed February 15, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00029391''OpenSecrets'', " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013]</ref>
 
====Cost per vote====
 
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Paulsen spent $11.55 per vote received in 2012.
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Erik_Paulsen_2010_Donor_Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Paulsen's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Erik_Paulsen_2010_Donor_Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027467&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Erik Paulsen 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed December 8, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00027467&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets'', "Erik Paulsen 2010 Re-Election Cycle," accessed December 8, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the [[Government Accountability Institute]]:
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Paulsen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $250,030 and $879,000. That averages to '''$564,515''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Paulsen ranked as the 258th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029391&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Erik Paulsen (R-MN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2007 and 2012, Paulsen's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.</ref> increased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412303_Erik_Paulsen,'' "Erik Paulsen," Accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412303_Erik_Paulsen ''OpenCongress'', "Erik Paulsen," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Paulsen is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican leader]]," as of June 11, 2013<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/erik_paulsen/412303 ''Gov Track'' "Erik Paulsen," Accessed June 11, 2012]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Paulsen is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Republican leader]]," as of June 11, 2013<ref name=govtrack>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/erik_paulsen/412303 ''GovTrack'', "Erik Paulsen," accessed June 11, 2012]</ref>
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/erik_paulsen/412303 ''GovTrack,'' "Erik Paulsen" Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref name=govtrack/>
  
 
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
 
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Erik_Paulsen.html ''LegiStorm'', "Erik Paulsen," Accessed October 9, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Erik_Paulsen.html ''LegiStorm'', "Erik Paulsen," accessed October 9, 2012]</ref>
 
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029391&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Erik Paulsen (R-Minn), 2011," Accessed February, 16 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00029391&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Erik Paulsen (R-Minn), 2010," Accessed October 9, 2012]</ref>
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According to the data released in 2013, Paulsen was ranked the 110th most conservative representative during 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal'', "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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====2011====
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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
Cost per vote$11.55 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next primaryAugust 12, 2014
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$564,515
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] He is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Minnesota in 2014.[2]

Previously, Paulsen served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1995 to 2008.[3]

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.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Paulsen's political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Paulsen serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Paulsen served on the following House committees:[5]

Key votes

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Paulsen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

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.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Paulsen voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Paulsen voted for HR 2775.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[21]

National security

Voted "Yes" Paulsen voted in favor of extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps in 2011.[22]

Foreign policy

Removal of troops from Afghanistan

Voted "No" Paulsen opposed a resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.[23]

American involvement in Libya

Voted "Yes" Paulsen supported a ban on using armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011.[23]

Environment

Voted "Yes" Paulsen supported opening the Outer Continental Shelf for oil drilling in 2011.[24]

Voted "No" Paulsen opposed allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases in 2011.[24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Erik Paulsen's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Paulsen is a Moderate Conservative. Paulsen received a score of 25 percent on personal issues and 68 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Unknown Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[25]

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. [26]

Elections

2014

See also: Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Paulsen is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 12, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Paulsen won re-election in 2012.[27] He defeated John W. Howard III in the Republican primary.[28] He defeated Democratic challenger Brian Barnes in the November general election.[1]

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:[29]

  • 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.[32]

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.[33]

Erik Paulsen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$693,846.38$357,734.44$(108,422.37)$943,158.45
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$943,158.45$496,231.50$(142,405.24)$1,296,984.71
October Quarterly[36]October 14, 2013$1,296,984.71$379,712.72$(149,890.22)$1,526,807.21
Year-End Quarterly[37]December 31, 2013$1,526,807$293,074$(118,895)$1,701,994
April Quarterly[38]April 14, 2014$1,701,994.50$447,247.27$(170,105.75)$1,979,136.02
Running totals
$1,973,999.93$(689,718.58)

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.[39]

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.[40]

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

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Paulsen's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $250,030 and $879,000. That averages to $564,515, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Paulsen ranked as the 258th most wealthy representative in 2012.[41] Between 2007 and 2012, Paulsen's calculated net worth[42] increased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[43]

Erik Paulsen Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2007$416,456
2012$564,515
Growth from 2007 to 2012:36%
Average annual growth:7%[44]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[45]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[46]

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[47]

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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Paulsen was ranked the 107th most conservative representative during 2011.[50]

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.[51]

Personal

Paulsen lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife, Kelly, and their four daughters.[52]

Recent news

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. Minnesota Secretary of State, "2014 State General Election Candidate Filings," accessed June 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Erik Paulsen," accessed December 8, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "House of Representatives Committee Assignments," accessed December 8, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Erik Paulsen's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 26, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Paulsen on agriculture," accessed September 26, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 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 Healthcare," 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. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. On the Issues, "Paulsen on Homeland Security," accessed September 11, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 On the Issues, "Erik Paulsen on War and Peace," accessed September 11, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 On the Issues, "Paulsen," accessed September 11, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Erik Paulsen Vote Match," accessed June 17, 2014
  26. The Republic, "Minnesota's Paulsen endorses Romney for president; had previously been Pawlenty supporter," accessed January 26, 2012
  27. Minnesota Public Radio, "Barnes to challenge Paulsen," accessed February 10, 2012
  28. CBS, "Primary results," accessed May 30, 2013
  29. Erik Paulsen, "News Archives," accessed October 9, 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. OpenSecrets, "Erik Paulsen," accessed May 16, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Paulsen 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  34. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  35. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  36. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  37. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 11, 2014
  38. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  39. OpenSecrets, " 2012 Re-Election Cycle," accessed February 15, 2013
  40. OpenSecrets, "Erik Paulsen 2010 Re-Election Cycle," accessed December 8, 2011
  41. OpenSecrets, "Erik Paulsen (R-MN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  42. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  43. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  44. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  45. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  46. OpenCongress, "Erik Paulsen," accessed August 5, 2013
  47. 47.0 47.1 GovTrack, "Erik Paulsen," accessed June 11, 2012
  48. LegiStorm, "Erik Paulsen," accessed October 9, 2012
  49. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  52. Official House Site, "Biography," accessed December 8, 2011
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