Erik Paulsen on Principles & Values
Eric Paulsen had been a businessman and a public servant. He had served in the state legislature and had been chosen to serve in leadership (in his case as majority leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives). He had also worked for Congressman Ramstad as legislative director and director of his home office in Minnesota. In addition to his public service experience, Erik also brought sixteen years of business experience to the campaign.
And while Erik campaigned for the ideals we all supported, what made him stand out was his hard work. Erik in many ways simply outworked his opponent to win by 8 points in a very tough environment and a district that Democrats had targeted as a potential pickup.
Paulsen has served in several leadership roles during his tenure of public service, including 4 years as the Minnesota House Majority Leader. He currently serves on the Ways and Means, Taxes, Commerce and Rules committees.
Paulsen’s legislative agenda parallels the initiatives that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and raise a family.
The new generation of pro-market, small government leaders filled such a need that in October 2007, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard profiled Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy and christened them the "young guns."
Kevin approached Eric & Paul about the idea of traveling together, as "Young Guns", to visit Republican candidates interested in a new approach for the party.
What began as an informal way to support like-minded candidates became a more formal structure. Once the three Representatives had studied the candidate and given their support to become a Young Gun, they committed to providing financial support through their campaign committees.
Existing House Republicans were approached with a simple pitch: Are we willing to help ourselves by being proactive and going on the offense to change this House? Dozens of our House Republican colleagues joined the Young Gun effort as one of the many signs that the Republican Party had shifted.
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