Dean Phillips

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Dean Phillips
Dean Phillips, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byErik Paulsen
Personal details
Dean Benson Phillips

(1969-01-20) January 20, 1969 (age 49)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBrown University (BA)
University of Minnesota (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Dean Benson Phillips[1] (born January 20, 1969)[2] 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[edit]

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.[3]

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.[3] He lives in Deephaven, west of Minneapolis.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

In the 2018 elections, Phillips ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district.[4] He won the race against incumbent Erik Paulsen with 55.6% of the vote.[5] When he took office in 2019, he became the first Democrat to hold this seat since 1961.


Third Congressional District of Minnesota Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
DFL Dean Phillips 202,402 55.61%
Republican Erik Paulsen 160,838 44.19%

Personal life[edit]

Phillips is divorced and has two daughters.[3] On December 17, 2018, he announced at a town hall forum in Bloomington, Minn., that he is engaged. Phillips is also Jewish.[6] It was acknowledged by American Jewish World that Phillips has served on the board of Temple Israel in Minneapolis.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FEC Contribution form for Friends of Tarryl Clark 2012
  2. ^ Candidate Conversation - Dean Phillips
  3. ^ a b c Erica Rivera (January 24, 2018). "Can charming liquor heir Dean Phillips beat Erik Paulsen, Minnesota's corporate congressman?". City Pages. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Democrat Phillips defeats incumbent Paulsen in Minnesota's Third District". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "MN Election Results". Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
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External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Erik Paulsen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Greg Pence
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Katie Porter