|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Minnesota's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Erik Paulsen|
|Born||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 (Cohen) 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 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. 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. Phillips ran against former sales associate Cole Young, and received 81.6% of the vote. Phillips won all 3 counties in the district.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
|Republican||Erik Paulsen (incumbent)||160,839||44.2|
|DFL gain from Republican|
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 Jewish and was acknowledged by American Jewish World for serving on the board of Temple Israel in Minneapolis.
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- 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|
|Preceded by |
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Minnesota's 3rd congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|Preceded by |
| 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|