PAULSEN, Erik, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Bakersfield, Kern County,
Calif., May 14, 1965; graduated from Chaska High School, Chaska, Minn., 1983;
B.A., St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., 1987; businessman; staff, United
States Senator Rudy Boschwitz of Minnesota; member of the Minnesota state house
of representatives, 1995-2008, majority leader, 2003-2007; elected as a
Republican to the One Hundred Eleventh and to the four succeeding Congresses
(January 3, 2009-present); chairman, Joint Economic Committee (One Hundred Fifteenth Congress).