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.

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Plymouth, Minn.



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Husband, John Bessler; daughter, Abigail


Yale University, University of Chicago


Magna cum laude graduate in of Yale, 1982; associate editor of "University of Chicago Law Review"; "Attorney of the Year," 2001.

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1200 Washington Av. S., Room 250 Minneapolis, MN 55415




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Klobuchar calls for regulation of laundry pods

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 10 2015 - 11:51 PM

For the rest of her life, 21-month-old Zoey Mishler will be monitored for scar tissue on her vocal cords and in her throat that could result from sinking her baby teeth into a laundry detergent...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar quietly climbs Washington ranks

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 7 2014 - 6:20 AM

ST. CLOUD – Sen. Amy Klobuchar traveled to a veterans’ dental clinic here recently for a ribbon-cutting, then sped west to give a speech at a dairy and creamery an hour away. Between...

Klobuchar rules out attorney general rumors

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 25 2014 - 4:13 PM

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Thursday shot down speculation that she is a candidate to be the next U.S. attorney general."I intend to continue my work for the people of Minnesota as...

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

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 18 2014 - 7:13 PM

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...

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

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 11 2014 - 11:49 AM

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...

Klobuchar slams NFL's investigation of Rice case

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 10 2014 - 6:44 PM

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar slammed the NFL’s investigation of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice’s domestic abuse case.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he never saw the...

Klobuchar visits Africa to discuss food security, Somali refugees

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 4 2014 - 12:59 PM

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Senegal, Ethiopia and Tanzania to discuss food security and Somali refugees during an 11-day fact-finding trip.Klobuchar’s office said she took the trip to...

Candidates flock to Minnesota State Fair

BLOG POST Updated: Aug 21 2014 - 9:38 AM

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.Today at noon, Gov. Mark Dayton will sit...

Klobuchar looks into contact lens prices

ARTICLE Updated: Aug 4 2014 - 9:16 AM

Washington – U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is seeking greater scrutiny of a decision by three of the four top U.S. contact lens makers to set price minimums for products.“They are an essential...

Klobuchar ratchets up attention on perils of distracted driving

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 20 2014 - 8:37 PM

In U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s view, the dangers of distracted driving cannot be talked about often enough.Consider, for example, that one in four crashes in Minnesota can be linked to driver...

Franken, Klobuchar back bill to override Hobby Lobby decision

BLOG POST Updated: Jul 9 2014 - 10:15 AM

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...

Klobuchar, Franken won't accompany Obama to Minnesota

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 26 2014 - 9:50 AM

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will not fly to Minnesota with President Obama this morning because of a Senate vote to confirm Stuart Jones as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.The Senate vote...

Minnesotans in Congress tell Obama: No way on Norway ambassador

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 23 2014 - 5:16 PM

Led by U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Erik Paulsen, all eight members of Minnesota’s congressional House delegation have signed a letter to President Obama, requesting that he withdraw the...

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

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 18 2014 - 12:32 PM

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,...

Klobuchar: VA scandal warrants criminal investigation

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 11 2014 - 3:28 PM

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is joining the bipartisan call for a criminal investigation into Veterans Affairs officials and staffers who manipulated appointments and wait lists for ailing veterans...

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

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 11 2014 - 3:17 PM

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.The...

Cantor has donated $169K to Minnesota candidates in the past decade

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 11 2014 - 12:05 PM

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...

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

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 6 2014 - 6:09 PM

The much-criticized nomination of businessman George Tsunis to be ambassador to Norway is facing even more opposition, now from the co-chairs of the congressional Friends of Norway Caucus.The...

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

BLOG POST Updated: May 29 2014 - 10:07 AM

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...

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

BLOG POST Updated: May 28 2014 - 9:02 AM

Groups who oppose the Washington Redskins name, including the Minnesota-based Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, are taking their case directly to the players.A letter signed by dozens of...

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