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Dean Phillips

US President

America is ready for a new generation of leaders.

Dean Phillips is a father, businessman, civic leader, eternal optimist, and Representative for Minnesota's Third Congressional District in Congress. 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 was raised in Edina, attended Brown University, and returned to Minnesota to earn his MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Business. After working at a variety of small startups, he worked his way up and eventually led his family's business, Phillips Distilling. He later went on to help build Talenti Gelato into one of the top-selling ice cream brands in the country and opened Penny's Coffee, a small business in the Twin Cities. Dean is active in the philanthropic community in Minnesota through the Phillips Family Foundation. In Congress, Dean is focused on restoring Americans' faith in our government. He's on a mission to inspire a new era of collaboration in Washington, pursue common ground for the common good, and end the corrupting influence of special interest money in our politics. Dean is Vice Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Middle East, Northern Africa, and Central Asia Subcommittee. Dean has shown leadership and a commitment to working across the aisle during the COVID-19 pandemic. After hearing from struggling small business owners in the summer of 2020, Dean wrote the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act with Texas Republican Chip Roy. Signed into law by President Trump, this critical piece of legislation helped small businesses keep their doors open and saved thousands of American jobs. Dean has also been a voice for oversight and transparency of trillions of pandemic-related stimulus dollars, and has led the Problem Solvers Caucus in negotiations with the White House and Congressional leadership to deliver bipartisan solutions for the American people. The nonpartisan Lugar Center ranks Dean as the 13th most bipartisan out of 435 Members of Congress. He has been named a Fiscal Hero by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and was recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship in the 116th and 117th Congress. Dean has two adult daughters, Daniela and Pia. He lives in Wayzata, Minnesota with his wife, Annalise, and Henry the Norwich Terrier.


Tom from Nerds for Humanity pod 12/02/2023
Of all the Democratic leaders officially running for office (so note this excludes folks like Whitmer, Newsom, Buttigieg, etc.) I find Dean Phillips to be the most impressive based on his centrist, pragmatic, and first principles approach to problem solving. He's not flashy, he is not a show horse, but that's a good thing. I'm also impressed he's willing to talk about Social Security solvency, Defense spending, and the need to pay teachers more while at the same time challenging teachers' unions.
Nick Nunnelkee 11/23/2023
Dean Phillips is among the most capable candidates in the 2024 race. He is plenty capable of beating the current mess of Republican campaigners. Though Biden isn’t the first incumbent to shut down their party’s primary election, I think it makes sense to do have a vigorous primary this election cycle. Why not? Gavin Newsom is practically campaigning anyway. I think Dean stands in the best position to win the presidency, as a Democrat, and they should all give it a go.

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