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Phillips Announces New Leadership, Committees for 118th Congress

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced his appointment to new leadership positions on every committee on which he serves. In December, Phillips was also elected by his peers to serve in a leadership role for the entire House Democratic Caucus in the 118th Congress. As Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), Phillips will help direct messaging and strategic support for the Caucus’s policy priorities. He is one of the only voices from America’s heartland – and the only business leader – at the Democratic leadership table.

House Committee on Small Business
Phillips, a small business owner and entrepreneur, enters a second term on the House Committee on Small Business as Vice Ranking Member. He will help lead the committee’s agenda while also serving on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, and the Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development. Phillips will continue supporting American small business owners and the ideals of stakeholder capitalism while continuing his popular “On the Job With Dean” programming. Small business owners in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District are invited to offer Dean a job by clicking here.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Phillips also enters his third term on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs in a new leadership role. As Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, Phillips will pursue safety, security, and alliances in the region with a bipartisan approach.

Senior Leadership Team in the Office of Rep. Dean Phillips:

Tim Bertocci, Chief of Staff: An Army veteran and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bertocci served in the State Department and the Department of Defense before joining the Office of Congressman Tim Walz in 2013. Bertocci is also an adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy and Non-Resident Fellow at West Point’s Irregular Warfare Initiative. He has been with Congressman Phillips as Chief of Staff since 2019. 

Emma Youngquist, District Director: Born and raised in Minnesota's Third District, Youngquist joined Rep. Phillips's office in 2019 as Director of Constituent Advocacy, collaborating with colleagues to translate constituent concerns into legislative action. She has years of government and campaign experience, including operational, outreach, and casework roles within Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Minnesota office.

Trey Webster, Legislative Director: Webster is a licensed attorney with a J.D. from Georgetown Law and experience navigating the worlds of law, policy, and politics. Before first joining Congressman Phillips’s office as Legislative Counsel in May 2021, he helped nonprofits and businesses develop and execute public affairs strategies to achieve policy objectives at the state and federal levels.

Sam Anderson, Communications Director: Anderson helped craft the unique communications strategy that first propelled Phillips to Congress in 2018 and has been with the official office since 2019. Anderson has years of private sector communications experience from her time serving clients at advertising agencies in Boston, MA and Minneapolis, MN. She was born and raised in Minnesota’s Third District.

Mae Hougo, Director of Operations and Scheduling: Hougo is an experienced Minnesota political scheduler and event planner who has worked on the local, state, and federal levels of government. Prior to joining the Office of Congressman Phillips, she scheduled for the Office of Governor Tim Walz. Hougo is also an Advance Associate for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Bryan Doyle, Senior Advisor: Doyle is a veteran strategist and organizer charged with ensuring harmony amongst the Congressman’s leadership, policy, and communications priorities.  He leads Rep. Phillips’s work in the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and serves as a spokesman for national press. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Doyle served stints with the Service Employees International Union and