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 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...

Klobuchar bill would extend police hiring

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 5:23 AM

A proposed $900 million extension of a community-oriented police program begun during the Clinton administration could pay for 2,600 additional police officers for cities across the country,...

Sen. Klobuchar pressing Mexico on heroin cartels and sex rings

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 15 2014 - 6:05 AM

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar is pressing Mexican law enforcement authorities to acknowledge responsibility for spiking numbers of heroin and sex-trafficking incidents that...

Gophers victory sweet for Klobuchar, Franken

BLOG POST Updated: Apr 11 2014 - 6:03 AM

The University of Minnesota’s buzzer-beating victory over the University of North Dakota in the NCAA men’s hockey semifinals proved sweet for U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al...

Target CFO to face more questions from Congress

BLOG POST Updated: Mar 25 2014 - 8:26 AM

Target Corp.’s chief financial officer will return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to face questions from Congress about one of the largest computer data breaches in U.S. history.On Wednesday, CFO...

March 20: Klobuchar, Franken prod Army Corps to move faster to halt spread of Asian carp

BLOG POST Updated: Mar 20 2014 - 5:59 AM

Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are among a coalition of U.S. senators are pushing the Army Corps of Engineers to speed up plans to halt the spread of Asian carp.Eleven senators representing...

Minnesota Democrats press Obama to sign order protecting LGBT workers from discrimination

BLOG POST Updated: Mar 19 2014 - 8:15 AM

Six of the seven Democrats in Minnesota’s congressional delegation are among the House and Senate members pressuring President Obama to sign an executive order protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Walz wins second consecutive Hotdish crown in Minnesota delegation's annual food fest

BLOG POST Updated: Mar 12 2014 - 5:18 PM

First District Congressman Tim Walz brought home the bacon - make that turkey - Wednesday winning his second consecutive Minnesota Hotdish competition with fellow Minnesota House members and Senators....

Most of Minnesota's congressional delegation won't attend Obama's speech

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 26 2014 - 11:09 AM

When President Obama visits St. Paul's Union Depot today to unveil a $300 billion transportation plan, most of the state's congressional delegation won't be in attendance.With Congress in...

Ahead of St. Paul visit, Obama faces GOP plea to repeal medical device tax

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 24 2014 - 3:37 PM

Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen is urging President Obama to visit a medical technology company during his trip to the Twin Cities on Wednesday.Paulsen wrote to the president over the weekend,...

Affordable Care Act question prompts shrugs, laughter, misunderstanding

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 22 2014 - 6:30 AM

A question about the Affordable Care Act led to uncomfortable silence for three Minnesota Democrats -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Reps. Collin Peterson and Tim Walz – during a town hall...

Klobuchar deflects questions about possible presidential run

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 20 2014 - 9:05 AM

While deflecting questions about a possible presidential bid of her own, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she’s excited about the possibility of former Secretary of State Hillary...

Klobuchar visits northern Minnesota for “Competitive Agenda” tour

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 18 2014 - 12:08 PM

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will visit five northern Minnesota cities -- Warroad, International Falls, Bemidji, Staples and Baudette -- today as part of her “Competitive Agenda”...

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