|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Erik Paulsen|
Dean Benson Phillips
January 20, 1969
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Education||Brown University (BA)|
University of Minnesota (MBA)
Dean Benson Phillips (born January 20, 1969) is an American businessman and politician from the state of Minnesota. A Democrat, he is the member of the US House of Representatives from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district, having defeated Republican incumbent Erik Paulsen in the 2018 midterm election. The district is located in the western portion of the Twin Cities metropolitan area and includes Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth and Wayzata.
Early life, education, and career
Phillips was born to DeeDee and Artie Pfefer in 1969. Artie was killed in the Vietnam War when Dean was six months old. DeeDee later married Eddie Phillips, heir to the Phillips Distilling Company and son of Pauline Phillips.
Phillips graduated from Brown University in 1991. He worked for InMotion for two years, then joined the family company. He completed his Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 2000, and was named president of Phillips Distilling. He lives in Deephaven, west of Minneapolis.
U.S. House of Representatives
In the 2018 elections, Phillips ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district. He won the race against incumbent Erik Paulsen with 55.6% of the vote. When he took office in 2019, he became the first Democrat to hold this seat since 1961.
Phillips is divorced and has two daughters. On December 17, 2018, he announced at a town hall forum in Bloomington, Minn., that he is engaged. Phillips is also Jewish. It was acknowledged by American Jewish World that Phillips has served on the board of Temple Israel in Minneapolis.
- FEC Contribution form for Friends of Tarryl Clark 2012
- Candidate Conversation - Dean Phillips
- Erica Rivera (January 24, 2018). "Can charming liquor heir Dean Phillips beat Erik Paulsen, Minnesota's corporate congressman?". City Pages. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- "Democrat Phillips defeats incumbent Paulsen in Minnesota's Third District". StarTribune.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- "MN Election Results". electionresults.sos.state.mn.us. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority
|116th||Senate: A. Klobuchar • T. Smith||House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • T. Emmer • A. Craig • J. Hagedorn • I. Omar • D. Phillips • P. Stauber|
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