Students and Families

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November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, a once-in-a-generation proposal that will lower the everyday costs that burden working families, from lowering healthcare costs, to cutting taxes on the middle class, to providing paid family leave and child care relief.

May 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) congratulated Tai Nguyen for winning the 2021 Congressional Art Competition in Minnesota’s Third District. Tai’s beautiful piece, Entrenched Blossoms, was selected by a panel of expert judges and will be displayed in the U.S.

May 11, 2021 Event

Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) will host a virtual roundtable conversation on childcare, early learning, and their impact on Minnesota families. Even before the pandemic, the shortage of affordable, accessible childcare in Minnesota was a serious concern for policy experts and legislators. In the intervening months, that shortage has reached crisis levels, with disastrous repercussions for working families in our state and across the country.

March 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) and a coalition of bipartisan Representatives and Senators introduced the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, a bill that would increase access to high-quality workforce training and credentialling programs. Phillips’s bill would allow individuals to utilize “529” tax-advantaged savings plans to pay for job-training programs. Under current law, students can only use 529 savings accounts to cover the costs of college, vocational school, or other institutions of higher learning.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) kicked off the 2021 Congressional Art Competition, calling for submissions from high school students across Minnesota’s Third District. The Congressional Art Competition has been a nationwide tradition since 1982, meant to showcase the creativity and talent of America’s young artists.

August 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Angie Craig (MN-2) were joined by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Dean Phillips (MN-3), Ilhan Omar (MN-5) and Betty McCollum (MN-4) as they introduced bicameral legislation to help high school students in Minnesota who have lost jobs due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

June 11, 2020 Editorials

Publish in the Sun Post, Sun Sailor, and Anoka Union Herald 

Class of 2020: I know this is not the Senior Spring that you imagined even just a few short months ago. While the pomp and circumstance of graduation has been replaced virtual ceremonies and celebrations, please know that as you embark on your next chapters into an uncertain world, you are not alone.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dean Phillips applauded House passage of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, which was subsequently signed into law by the President hours later. Phillips flew to Washington to ensure his presence in the event of a recorded vote, but the bill was ultimately voice voted for quick passage. The Senate passed the bill late Wednesday on a 96-0 recorded vote.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced the introduction of his bill, the Higher Education Funds Integrity Act, to prevent federal education funds from being used by universities to lobby Congress.

September 9, 2019 Press Release

MINNETONKA, MN – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) kicked off the Congressional App Challenge in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District as students across Minnesota headed back to school last week. The Congressional App Challenge was launched by the House of Representatives in 2015 to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced House passage of more than $2 billion in funding he requested that will allow Minnesota schools to serve more students from diverse backgrounds, and expand Career and Technical Education programs in the region. The funding bill is for Fiscal Year 2020, which is October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.

June 6, 2019 Editorials

Published in Eden Prairie News, Lakeshore Weekly, Chanhassen Villager, and Sun Newspapers


I was 14 years old in 1980 when John Anderson, an Illinois Congressman and independent candidate for president, visited my middle school. Bright-eyed and a bit naive, it was the first time I’d ever seen a politician — those men in suits on television — in real life.

May 28, 2019 Page

Congressman Dean Phillips’s Youth Advisory Council is an annual opportunity for high school students to engage with their peers and learn how policy can transform our nation. As a member of the Council, students will learn more about Minnesota’s Third District, Congress, and the world at large. Each year the Council investigates a different topic, working in small groups, and presents their findings to the Congressman at the end of the summer term.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

MINNETONKA, MN – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced that Chaska High School Senior Jenna September won first place in the Congressional Art Competition hosted by his office.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) teamed up to introduce companion bills that would update landmark legislation to prioritize making sure the child welfare system supports and connects families to needed mental health services.

March 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips today joined Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA), John Katko (R-NY), Joe Neguse (D-CO), David McKinley (R-WV), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Glen Thompson (R-PA), and Sens, Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Pat Roberts (R-KS), in introducing the IDEA Full Funding Act