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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Turn tide on heroin deaths now, Minnesota officials told

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 17 2014 - 5:45 AM

There is no time for hand-wringing, only action, if Minnesota is to stem the tide of heroin deaths in recent years, elected officials and anti-drug advocates agreed Sunday at a roundtable discussion...

Klobuchar to highlight efforts to combat heroin use

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 14 2014 - 2:35 PM

With the pace of drug overdose deaths on the rise in the Twin Cities, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will host an event Sunday at the Hazelden’s youth addiction treatment center in Plymouth...

Klobuchar introduces legislation to combat smartphone theft

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 13 2014 - 11:48 AM

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced legislation to fight a growing trend of smartphone thefts nationwide by forcing the industry to adopt technology that makes it impossible to reuse...

Senate confirms Andy Luger as U.S. attorney for Minnesota

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 12 2014 - 6:50 PM

A former assistant U.S. attorney who specialized in white-collar crime will be the U.S. attorney for Minnesota, taking over an office that has been without a full-time leader for more than two...

Senate confirms Luger as Minnesota's next U.S. Attorney

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 12 2014 - 3:15 PM

On a voice vote with no opposition, the U.S. Senate confirmed Minneapolis attorney Andrew Luger as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.Luger replaces B. Todd Jones, whom President Obama...

Congress to probe rail safety in wake of Casselton explosion

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 10 2014 - 3:22 PM

Both chambers of Congress will host hearings this month to probe passenger and freight rail safety in response to a spate of derailments involving tanks cars carrying crude oil.Members of...

White House offers $16 million to Minnesota to help with propane crisis

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 30 2014 - 4:43 PM

The Obama administration will release nearly $16 million in emergency funds to help Minnesota families and businesses hit hard by the state’s propane shortage.The White House announced today...

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...

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