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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Mayo Clinic CEO praises Obama's call to restore research funding

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 28 2014 - 11:50 PM

With the Mayo Clinic still smarting from federal budget cuts that slashed grant funding last year, CEO Dr. John Noseworthy is hopeful that President Obama’s State of the Union speech signals a...

Congress selects State of the Union guests with message in mind

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 28 2014 - 6:45 PM

Seats at President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night will be filled with the legislative priorities of the 113th Congress.On a night when the president lays out his blueprint for...

Klobuchar, Franken set to query Target CFO at Senate hearing

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 25 2014 - 6:55 AM

WASHINGTON – Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will question Target Corp.’s chief financial officer about the company’s massive data theft at a Feb. 4 hearing of the...

Klobuchar proposes kill switch for cell phones

VIDEO Updated: Jan 22 2014 - 3:45 PM

Klobuchar, Franken ramp up driver privacy efforts

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 19 2014 - 6:49 AM

Washington – A device roughly the size of two decks of cards could play a large role in the growing push on Capitol Hill to better protect the privacy of personal data.These event data...

Iran sanctions put Minnesota's senators on the spot

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 14 2014 - 6:40 AM

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s nuclear accord with Iran has ramped up the pressure on several dozen senators who remain on the fence about additional sanctions on Tehran,...

United Arab Emirates to release Minnesota man imprisoned for YouTube video

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 7 2014 - 1:33 PM

The United Arab Emirates will release Shezanne “Shez” Cassim, a Minnesota man jailed in the country for nine months for posting a spoof video about youth culture in Dubai to...

Klobuchar, Franken back plan to restore jobless benefits

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 7 2014 - 10:18 AM

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to support a three-month extension of extra unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans, including 9,200 Minnesotans.The benefits ended Dec. 28 but Democrats,...

Second candidate emerges for District 3 school seat

BLOG POST Updated: Dec 19 2013 - 5:08 PM

Siad Ali is joining the field of candidates seeking the Minneapolis school board seat to which Mohamud Noor was appointed earlier this month, further fueling speculation that Noor may be setting his...

Franken and Klobuchar seek cover on military pension flap

BLOG POST Updated: Dec 18 2013 - 6:13 PM

Critics of the bipartisan budget accord in Congress have seized on a provision slightly trimming the cost-of-living increases of military pensions for those who retire young. While some call it a...

Dec. 3: U.S. Ambassador pledges to make Cassim case “highest priority,” Klobuchar says

BLOG POST Updated: Dec 3 2013 - 3:11 PM

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates told U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar the case of Shezanne Cassim, a former Minnesota resident imprisoned in Abu Dhabi, is his “highest...

Obama nominates Luger to become U.S. attorney in Minnesota

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 21 2013 - 8:57 PM

President Obama formally nominated Andrew Luger to become U.S. attorney in Minnesota on Thursday, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken said.The nomination is not a surprise since he was...

Klobuchar, Franken back landmark gay rights bill

BLOG POST Updated: Nov 7 2013 - 1:40 PM

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that bans discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender...

Franken lobbies against food stamp cuts

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 29 2013 - 6:40 AM

U.S. Sen. Al Franken and 38 of his Senate colleagues signed a letter urging the farm bill conference committee to reject a bill that would cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program over the...

U.S. House approves bill that would close St. Anthony Falls lock

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 24 2013 - 4:22 AM

The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would close the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam to protect Minnesota’s northern waters from invasive Asian carp.Environmentalists and sportsmen...

Fix the Debt campaign to air ads in Twin Cities

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 14 2013 - 3:35 PM

Co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt are launching a national television campaign urging lawmakers to stop fighting and pass a budget.The ads will run in 23 markets around the country...

Klobuchar: Debt ceiling default could send economy into "downward spiral"

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 19 2013 - 9:35 AM

As House Republican leaders press forward with a government funding bill that would defund President Obama's health care law, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and colleagues vowed to fight the...

Franken concerned Syria resolution is too broad

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 10 2013 - 2:55 PM

U.S. Sen. Al Franken said he is concerned that current proposals for U.S. military strikes in Syria are "too broad," days after indicating that he was leaning toward support of a Senate...

Sen. Klobuchar tapped for Farm Bill Conference Committee

BLOG POST Updated: Aug 2 2013 - 11:36 AM

Senate leaders have tapped U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to join the Farm Bill Conference Committee, a group tasked with reconciling the differences between the House and Senate farm bills.But a plan by...

Senate confirms B. Todd Jones as ATF director

BLOG POST Updated: Jul 31 2013 - 6:34 PM

After a five hour-long drama, the U.S. Senate confirmed B. Todd Jones to be the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday, giving the agency its first...

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