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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.

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
Born (1969-01-20) January 20, 1969 (age 50)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBrown University (BA)
University of Minnesota (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website


Early life, education, and careerEdit

Phillips was born to DeeDee (Cohen) and Artie Pfefer in 1969.[3] 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.[4]

Phillips graduated from Brown University in 1991. He worked for bicycle equipment and apparel company 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.[4] He lives in Deephaven, west of Minneapolis.

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit


Phillips addresses the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party State Central Committee in 2018
Dean Phillips for Congress campaign booth at the Minnesota State Fair

In the 2018 elections, Phillips ran for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota's 3rd congressional district.[5] Phillips ran against former sales associate Cole Young, and received 81.6% of the vote. Phillips won all 3 counties in the district.[6]

Phillips won the race against incumbent Erik Paulsen with 55.6% of the vote.[7] 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%

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Personal lifeEdit

Phillips is divorced and has two daughters.[4] On December 17, 2018, he announced at a town hall forum in Bloomington, Minn., that he is engaged. Phillips is Jewish[8] and was acknowledged by American Jewish World for serving on the board of Temple Israel in Minneapolis.[9]

Phillips's paternal grandmother Pauline Phillips was the author of the advice column "Dear Abby" under the pen name Abigail Van Buren.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "PAGE BY PAGE REPORT DISPLAY FOR 12951451573 (Page 196 of 371)". Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Dean Phillips (DFL) - News & Analysis - Inside Elections". Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "MN-03: Dean Phillips (D)". November 6, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Democrat Phillips defeats incumbent Paulsen in Minnesota's Third District". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Minnesota Primary Election Results: Third House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "MN Election Results". Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dean Phillips & The Road To November 2018". May 30, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Dear Abby asked Dean Phillips for advice". July 25, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  10. ^ Alberta, Tim. "The Democrats' Dilemma". Retrieved April 1, 2019.

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