The Republican was first elected as Minnesota's District Three congressman in 2008. He sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. Before his time in Congress, Paulsen was a business analyst for Target and served in the state House of Representatives.
He lives with his wife and four daughters in Eden Prairie.
The Democratic candidate comes from the private sector and spent much of his professional career at his family's business: Phillips Distilling Company. After working his way up to CEO, he left the liquor business in 2011 to form what would become Talenti gelato.
He has two daughters and lives with his partner in Deephaven.