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Congressman Erik Paulsen was sworn in to serve his third term representing Minnesota's Third Congressional District in January 2013. Erik's legislative agenda parallels the initiatives that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and raise a family: a strong economic climate for job growth, a fairly-funded and accountable education system, a well-preserved environment, safe communities, and tax reform for taxpayers and businesses. He is a member of the Ways & Means Committee, Joint Economic Committee, and Free Trade Working Group, and he co-chairs the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Caucus and the House Medical Technology Caucus. Erik is also a leading advocate for combating sex trafficking and is the chief author of legislation to expand safe harbor laws to ensure minors who are trafficked are treated as victims instead of criminals by the justice system, as well as legislation to reform child welfare systems and protect vulnerable youth from sexual exploitation. Both bills passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming support. He brings real-world experience to Capitol Hill with over 16 years of business experience, including working as a business analyst at Target Corporation. Before being elected to Congress in 2008, Erik represented Minnesotans for 14 years in the State Legislature where he served as House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2007. He received his B.A. in mathematics from St. Olaf College and resides in Eden Prairie with his wife and their four daughters. Erik is a 2005 Rodel Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.