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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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...

Klobuchar, Franken back student loan compromise

BLOG POST Updated: Jul 24 2013 - 5:58 PM

With backing from Minnesota U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, the Senate passed bill that would lower interest rates on subsidized federal student loan from 6.8 percent to 3.9 percent for...

Subsidies out, crop insurance up in Senate farm bill

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 11 2013 - 8:53 PM

WASHINGTON – Minnesota’s farmers face an end to direct crop subsidies but would gain a more generous crop insurance in the Senate version of the five-year farm bill that was approved...

Minnesota delegation split on support of surveillance programs

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 8 2013 - 6:47 PM

WASHINGTON – The controversy over the federal government’s effort to track terrorists through telephone records and Internet activities of its citizens is reigniting a national debate...

With band and fireworks, TCAAP buildings begin to fall

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 7 2013 - 9:51 PM

Friday’s demolition ceremony at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills served up fireworks, a high school band playing patriotic songs — and lots of faith...

Klobuchar, Franken-backed student loan plan fails to gain support

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 7 2013 - 3:34 AM

The U.S. Senate deadlocked Thursday over federal student loan rates, narrowing their window to prevent rates on certain loans from doubling for about 7 million borrowers on July 1.With rates for new...

Klobuchar visits White House to discuss rise of sex assaults in military

BLOG POST Updated: May 10 2013 - 8:01 AM

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and 15 other, mostly female, members of Congress met with senior Obama administration advisers Thursday at the White House to discuss the rise in sexual assaults within the...

Online sales tax sails through U.S. Senate

ARTICLE Updated: May 6 2013 - 9:05 PM

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill that lets states require online merchants to collect sales taxes on out-of-state purchases made by their residents.The 69-27...

Debate circles online sales tax

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 26 2013 - 10:54 PM

WASHINGTON – Landmark legislation to force online and mail-order retailers to collect sales tax on out-of-state purchases advanced toward Senate passage this week.Retail giants such as...

Klobuchar visiting Middle East during congressional recess

BLOG POST Updated: Apr 4 2013 - 8:58 AM

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in the midst of a four-day swing through Israel, Jordan and Turkey to meet with foreign leaders, assess U.S. aid programs and see the refugee crisis caused by Syria's civil...

Minnesota senators question effects of airline merger on heartland

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 19 2013 - 9:40 PM

Talk about flyover land.With the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways forming what could become the nation’s largest carrier, a group of rural and Midwestern senators are asking...

Sen. Al Franken may benefit from deep GOP divisions

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 18 2013 - 7:22 AM

Washington – As time runs short to mount a realistic challenge to Sen. Al Franken, once an inviting GOP target, Minnesota Republicans are struggling to find a new face.Far from lining up to...

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