Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar was the first elected female U.S. senator from Minnesota. Before becoming a senator, Klobuchar, a DFLer, served as a legal adviser to former Vice President Walter Mondale, as Hennepin County Attorney and as a partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis.

June 23

Klobuchar and Franken lose effort to stop trade promotion vote

Minnesota's U.S. Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, failed to block a vote on trade promotion authority that will give the White House more negotiating power in two international trade deals.
April 22

Klobuchar strikes deal on human trafficking bill, breaking gridlock

Klobuchar says she called Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn from a cornfield in Moorhead over the recent congressional break with a compromise.
Health
April 10

Klobuchar calls for child-proof packaging of laundry pods

The legislation will seek rules for childproof packaging, product design that’s less appealing to children, and other precautionary measures.
December 7, 2014

Ambitious Klobuchar quietly climbs ranks in Washington

Poised to navigate power shift in the Senate, she’s mum about her future plans. She’s already elevated her profile to the point where her name surfaces whenever there is a top Obama administration vacancy or a list of presidential aspirants.
September 25, 2014

Klobuchar rules out attorney general rumors

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Thursday shot down speculation that she is a candidate to be the next U.S. attorney general.
September 18, 2014

Franken, Klobuchar back Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels

With support from Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, the U.S. Senate approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebels Thursday, backing his strategy to confront the Islamic State militants.
September 11, 2014

Klobuchar: NFL needs 'real zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence'

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has signed on to a letter asking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to adopt a “real zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence.” Klobuchar is among sixteen women U.S. senators criticizing the league’s handling of the domestic abuse case of player Ray Rice
September 10, 2014

Klobuchar slams NFL's investigation of Rice case

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, wonders if Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff tried to "get all the evidence."
September 5, 2014

Klobuchar visits Africa to discuss food security, Somali refugees

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Senegal, Ethiopia and Tanzania to discuss food security and Somali refugees during an 11-day fact-finding trip.
August 21, 2014

Candidates flock to Minnesota State Fair

Today marks the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair, a perennial stop for candidates to shake lots of hands, pitch their platforms and feast on fatty foods.
August 4, 2014

Klobuchar looks into scrutiny of contact lens prices

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is concerned that the moves by the three leading manufacturers to set minimum prices will snuff out competition and put consumers at a disadvantage.
Local
July 21, 2014

Sen. Klobuchar spotlights the perils of distracted driving

One in four crashes in Minnesota can be linked to driver inattention, according to the state Department of Public Safety, which put the death toll from distracted driving at 63 in 2013.
July 9, 2014

Franken, Klobuchar back bill to override Hobby Lobby decision

Democratic U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are co-sponsoring a bill that would override the Supreme Court's decision last week in the Hobby Lobby case. The bill would ban employers from refusing to provide any health coverage, including contraceptives, guaranteed under the federal Affordable Care Act.
June 26, 2014

Klobuchar, Franken won't accompany Obama to Minnesota

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will not fly to Minnesota with President Obama this morning because of an afternoon Senate vote to confirm Stuart Jones as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.
June 23, 2014

Minnesotans in Congress tell Obama: No way on Norway ambassador

All eight members of Minnesota’s congressional House delegation have signed a letter to President Obama, requesting that he withdraw the nomination of New York businessman George Tsunis to be ambassador to Norway.
June 19, 2014
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum spoke to reporters about U.S. Rep. Gabrielle...

McCollum: Ruling against Redskins trademark a ‘victory for decency’

A decision by the U.S. Patent Office to cancel the trademark registration for the Washington Redskins’ team nickname is a “victory for decency,” said U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.
June 11, 2014

Cantor has donated $169K to Minnesota candidates

The leadership PAC of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset, has donated $169,500 to Minnesota candidates over the past decade.
June 11, 2014

Klobuchar: VA scandal warrants criminal investigation

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar joins the bipartisan call for a criminal investigation into Veterans Affairs officials and staffers who manipulated appointments and wait lists for ailing veterans seeking health care.
June 11, 2014

Sen. Franken: Student loan bill 'will get done'

Slamming Senate Republicans for blocking a bill that would let people refinance their student loan debt at lower rates, U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Democrats will find a way to pass the legislation.
June 6, 2014

McCollum, Paulsen latest lawmakers to oppose Obama’s pick for Norway ambassador

The nomination of businessman George Tsunis to be ambassador to Norway is facing opposition from the co-chairs of the congressional Friends of Norway Caucus -- Minnesota U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Erik Paulsen.
May 29, 2014
Erik Shinseki, the Veterans Affairs secretary, testifies at a Senate h...

Franken, Walz, Peterson join GOP in demanding VA secretary’s ouster

U.S. Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson are among a growing number of Democratic lawmakers calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign after an inspector general’s report that found “systemic” problems at VA medical facilities.
May 28, 2014

Fond du Lac Band joins letter to NFL players opposing Redskins name

A letter signed by dozens of Native American, civil rights and religious organizations will go out to more than 2,700 NFL players today asking them to speak out against a name that “does not honor people of color."
May 23, 2014
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) handed the bal...

NFL to senators: Redskins name presents 'positive and respectful' image

The National Football League rebuffs an effort by fifty U.S. senators, including Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, to pressure the Washington Redskins to change the team’s name and logo.
May 23, 2014

Klobuchar applauds U.N. crackdown on Nigerian terrorist group

The United Nations Security Council has declared Boko Haram a terrorist group and imposed sanctions agains the al Qaeda-linked organization that abducted more than 250 Nigerian schoolgirls.
May 23, 2014

Bill with Minn. anti-carp provision sent to Obama

A bipartisan water transportation bill that would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam -- a move that officials say is critical to stop the spread of invasive carp -- has sailed through the Senate and awaits President Obama’s signature.