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Rep. Erik Paulsen

Representative for Minnesota’s 3rd District

pronounced erik // PAWL-sun

Paulsen, a Republican, is the representative for Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 6, 2009. Paulsen is next up for reelection in 2018.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Paulsen.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Paulsen is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Paulsen has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 91% Americans for Prosperity: 80% FreedomWorks: 80% The Club for Growth: 72% Human Rights Campaign: 48% League of Conservation Voters: 16% American Civil Liberties Union: 5% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Erik Paulsen sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Paulsen was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Paulsen sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (53%) Health (28%)

Recent Bills

Some of Paulsen’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Paulsen’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 3905: Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act
Nov 30, 2017. Passed 216/204.
H.R. 3905 would require Congressional approval for mineral withdrawal and monument designation in National Forest System lands in the Minnesota. The bill would also allow for the renewal of mineral leases in the area and would ensure that future leases remain valid and renewed, consistent ...
Nay H.R. 985: Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2015
Nov 14, 2016. Passed 355/38.
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea H.R. 1320 (111th): Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2010
Jul 26, 2010. Passed 250/124.
Nay H.R. 3548 (111th): Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009
Sep 22, 2009. Passed 331/83.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Jan 2018, Paulsen missed 56 of 6,534 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 13 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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