Amy Klobuchar

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U.S. Senator

Amy Klobuchar




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the MN-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat has been the junior Senator for the state of Minnesota since 2007.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Born in a Twin Cities suburb in 1960, Klobuchar graduated from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. After graduation, she joined a private law practice. In 1998, she was elected Hennepin County Attorney, a position to which she was reelected in 2002. Klobuchar and her husband John have one daughter. [1]

Hennepin County Attorney

Klobuchar was initially elected Hennepin County Attorney in 1998. Since then she has led the Attorney's office to a 90 percent conviction rate, aimed to increase the number of jury trials, reduced the size of the staff at the Attorney's office, and reduced the use of outside council in prosecuting cases.[2]

Klobuchar has led an aggressive effort to convict drunken drivers and defendants accused of gun crimes. Those receiving the maximum penalty for these crimes has been markedly higher in Hennepin County than in other counties throughout the state. Overall, crime has fallen in Hennepin County since Klobuchar took office, however, the past year has seen a surge in violent crime in Minneapolis and the county at large.[3]

2006 Senate race

Klobuchar entered the Senate race facing Democrats Patty Wetterling, a child advocate and candidate for Congress in 2004, and veterinarian Ford Bell in the Democratic primary. Klobuchar quickly rounded up support from Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party state legislators and women's groups; she received support from EMILY's List in September of 2005. In January, Klobuchar's toughest opponent, Wetterling, dropped out of the race allowing Klobuchar to cruise to victory in the primary.[4]

In facing Republican congressman Mark Kennedy, Klobuchar focused on their differences over the war in Iraq and took a populist stance on economic issues, lambasting health maintenance organizations and prescription drug companies.[5] Klobuchar opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning and she stated in February that she "would like to see a drawdown of the troops this year, a significant drawdown of the troops. I don't believe that at this point we can set a specific date to get each and every troop out of Iraq, as much some people would like to see that."[6]

Klobuchar attempted to paint her opponent as a foot-soldier for President Bush who votes lock step with the Republican Party.[7] Kennedy was forced to make admissions of mistakes in Iraq and sounded defensive on the topic of war, and even issued advertisements where he admitted that the war had not gone well.[8]

Klobuchar is a supporter of abortion rights and has stated her desire to work to reduce the number of abortions.[9] She also supports both adult and embryonic stem cell research and has stated that "stem cell research is the new frontier for research for cures."[10]

Klobuchar defeated Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy 58%-38% to replace Sen. Mark Dayton, who did not seek reelection. [11]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Dorsey & Whitney$ 55,450
US Bancorp$ 51,489
Target Corp$ 49,000
Robins, Kaplan et al$ 47,950
Medtronic Inc$ 40,525
General Mills$ 37,900
Toys R Us$ 37,500
Wells Fargo$ 35,150
Xcel Energy$ 34,550
Leonard, Street & Deinard$ 33,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Amy Klobuchar
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • Joint Economic Committee
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Food Assistance, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and General Legislation
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support
  • Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Public Sector Solutions to Global Warming, Oversight and Children's Health Protection
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security and Water Quality

More Background Data


DC office
  • 302 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-3244 Fax: 202-228-2186
    Webform email
District offices
  • 1 Federal Drive, Whipple Federal Building, Suite 298, Fort Snelling, MN 55111
    Ph: 612-727-5220 Fax: (none entered)
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