Amy Klobuchar facts for kids
|United States Senator
January 3, 2007
Serving with Tina Smith
|Preceded by||Mark Dayton|
|County Attorney of Hennepin County|
|Preceded by||Michael O. Freeman|
|Succeeded by||Michael O. Freeman|
Amy Jean Klobuchar
May 25, 1960
John Bessler (m. 1993)
|Children||Abigail Klobuchar Bessler|
|Alma mater||University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)
Yale University (B.A.)
Amy Jean Klobuchar (born May 25, 1960) is an American politician and lawyer. She is the senior United States Senator from Minnesota since 2007. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She is the first elected female senator from Minnesota and the second female senator in the state after Muriel Humphrey Brown.
Klobuchar was first elected to the Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota's first elected female United States Senator, and was reelected in 2012 and 2018. In 2009 and 2010, she was called a "rising star" in the Democratic Party. In February 2019, she announced her candidacy for President of the United States in 2020.
Klobuchar was a valedictorian at Wayzata High School. She received her B.A. degree in political science in 1982 from Yale University. During her time at Yale, Klobuchar spent time as an intern for Senator Walter Mondale. Klobuchar received her law degree from the University of Chicago.
Klobuchar was elected Hennepin County attorney in 1998, and reelected in 2002. In 2001 Minnesota Lawyer named her "Attorney of the Year". Klobuchar was President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association from November 2002 to November 2003.
In early 2005, Senator Mark Dayton announced that he would not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate. She was seen as a favorite for the DFL nomination for the 2006 election. In the general election, Klobuchar faced Republican candidate Mark Kennedy.
Klobuchar faced State Representative Kurt Bills and won a second term in the U.S. Senate in 2012.
In late 2016, Klobuchar was known to have passed more legislation than any other senator. In February 2017, she called for an independent, bipartisan commission like the 9/11 Commission to investigate ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration. She maintained high approval ratings throughout 2017, with the Star Tribune's Minnesota Poll announcing in April 2017 that her approval rating was 72%. In October 2017, Morning Consult listed Klobuchar in the Top 10 of their list of senators with the highest approval rating.
2020 presidential campaign
On February 6, 2019, Klobuchar announced on her Twitter that she will announce her candidacy for President of the United States on February 10 in Minneapolis. On February 10, 2019, Klobuchar announced that she is running for President in the 2020 United States presidential election.
Klobuchar's allegedly harsh treatment of her Senate staff received some coverage before her announcement.
She ended her campaign on March 2, 2020 after losing the first four Democratic primary contests.
In 1993, Klobuchar married John Bessler. They have a daughter. She is a member of the United Church of Christ.
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