Dean is a longtime business owner, having worked a variety of small businesses and startups before working his way up at his family business, Phillips Distilling, which he eventually led.
Dean later helped build Talenti Gelato into the third largest premium ice cream brand in the country before selling it and launching a small chain of coffee shops in the Twin Cities.
In Congress, Dean serves on the House Small Business Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations. Dean is also the Vice Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-founder of the Stakeholder Capitalism Caucus, and a member of the Entrepreneurship Caucus.
Dean wrote and passed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act in the 116th Congress, and his efforts led to passage of the Relief for Restaurants and Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022.
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