Biography

Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03)

 

Dean Phillips is a father, businessman, civic leader, and newly-elected Representative for Minnesota's Third Congressional District.

 

A Gold Star Son who lost his birth father, Artie, in the Vietnam War, Dean was adopted into the Phillips family when his mother DeeDee married Eddie Phillips, who raised Dean to work hard and always share success.

 

Dean attended Brown University before returning to Minnesota to earn his MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business. After working at a variety of startup businesses, he joined his family business, Phillips Distilling, which he eventually led. He later went on to help build Talenti Gelato into one of the top-selling ice cream brands in the country. He is now co-owner of Penny's Coffee, a small business with two locations and more on the way.

 

In Congress, Dean is focused on campaign finance, electoral and ethics reforms, and addressing healthcare costs, global climate change and our nation's gun violence epidemic. He is a member of the House Ethics, Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, as well as the Democracy Reform Task Force and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.