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.

key info

Birthplace:

Plymouth, Minn.

Age:

54

Party Affiliation:

DFL

Current Office:

Senator

Current Term:

2013-2019

Family:

Husband, John Bessler; daughter, Abigail

School:

Yale University, University of Chicago

Awards:

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

Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

612-727-5220

Online:

View Website

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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...

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

BLOG POST Updated: May 23 2014 - 11:56 AM

The NFL has rebuffed 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.In a letter to NFL...

Klobuchar applauds U.N. crackdown on Nigerian terrorist group

BLOG POST Updated: May 23 2014 - 9:41 AM

U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar is applauding the United Nations Security Council’s decision to declare Boko Haram a terrorist group and impose sanctions agains the al Qaeda-linked organization that...

Bill with Minn. anti-carp provision sent to Obama

BLOG POST Updated: May 23 2014 - 8:58 AM

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...

Klobuchar, Franken introduce bill to honor Oberstar's legacy

BLOG POST Updated: May 22 2014 - 5:17 AM

Minnesota U.S Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have introduced a bill to rename the federal Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, D.C., in memory of former U.S Rep. Jim...

Congress poised to barricade the St. Anthony Falls Lock

BLOG POST Updated: May 13 2014 - 2:21 PM

Congress could soon close the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam as part of a deal on an $8.2 billion water-infrastructure bill.House and Senate conferees last week reached agreement after nearly...

Bachmann, Cravaack raised concerns about Nigerian terrorist group in 2012

BLOG POST Updated: May 10 2014 - 4:18 AM

Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and former GOP congressman Chip Cravaack wrote to Nigeria’s president more than two years ago, raising concerns about the terrorist group that kidnapped...

Klobuchar presses for stronger sanctions in response to Nigerian kidnappings

BLOG POST Updated: May 7 2014 - 9:34 AM

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is joining a group of lawmakers calling for tougher international sanctions against an organization that kidnapped more than 200 girls in Nigeria last...

U.S. Senate confirms Selfridge as Obama's chief of protocol

BLOG POST Updated: May 6 2014 - 5:04 AM

The U.S. Senate confirmed Peter Self­ridge as President Obama’s chief of protocol, a job that carries that carries the rank of U.S. ambassador and assistant secretary of state.Selfridge...

Klobuchar, Pawlenty, Adrian Peterson, Lindsey Vonn to attend White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

BLOG POST Updated: May 3 2014 - 5:19 AM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former U.S. Attorney for Minnesota B. Todd...

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