Willmar native Tom Erickson is U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s new communications director.
Erickson, who has worked for Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, is leaving a job as National Republican Congressional Committee press secretary. His twin brother, Nick, works for the Minnesota Republican Party.
â€œI am very excited to have an experienced communicator like Tom join our team,â€ Paulsen said. â€œAs someone who has worked with media in Minnesota and D.C., Tom will certainly be an asset as we continue to protect Minnesotaâ€™s important medical technology industry, fight for the small business owners that power our economy and strive to create a more efficient and effective government.â€
Erickson will be based in Eden Prairie.
Paulson, a Republican, serves part of the western Twin Cities.