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Amy Klobuchar

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Amy Klobuchar
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U.S. Senate, Minnesota
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMark Dayton (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.60 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$10,203,513
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.University of Chicago Law School
Personal
BirthdayMay 25, 1960
Place of birthPlymouth, MN
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$681,014
ReligionCongregationalist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Amy Jean Klobuchar (b. May 25, 1960, in Plymouth, MN) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Minnesota. Klobuchar was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and won re-election in 2012.[1]

Prior to her election to the U.S. Senate, Klobuchar was an attorney in Hennepin county, Minnesota.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Klobuchar is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Klobuchar was born in 1960 in Plymouth, MN, where she also attended high school. She earned her B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and her J.D. from University of Chicago Law School in 1985. Prior to her political career, Klobuchar was a partner at the law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Grant Plant Mooty.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated version of Klobuchar's political career[2]:

  • Hennepin County Attorney, 1999-2006
  • U.S. Senate, 2007-Present

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Klobuchar serves on the following Senate committees:[3]

2011-2012

Klobuchar served on the following Senate committees[4]:

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Klobuchar's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Klobuchar released the following statement regarding the situation in Syria: “The president is right to consult with Congress and obtain approval before taking military action in Syria. The decision to allow Congress to debate will give us the ability to carefully consider the evidence and consult with military officials before making a decision. I continue to strongly believe that we should not have American troops on the ground in Syria. I also urge the president to continue to work with our international allies.”[7]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Klobuchar voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[9] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Klobuchar voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[10]


According to a spokesperson for Klobuchar, she "is giving her pay during the government shutdown to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, since lifesaving NIH medical research is being slashed during the shutdown.[11]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Klobuchar voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[12]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Klobuchar voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[13]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Klobuchar voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Klobuchar voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Amy Klobuchar's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Klobuchar is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Klobuchar received a score of 45 percent on social issues and 37 percent on economic issues.[16]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[17]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Opposes
Prioritize green energy Neutral Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[16]

Judiciary Committee

Senator Klobuchar was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009.[18] Klobuchar participated in the confirmation hearing of Sonia Sotomayor in 2009. Klobuchar was one of three new Democrats appointed to the committee in 2009. Ted Kaufman of Delaware and fellow home state Senator Al Franken were also appointed to the committee along with Klobuchar.[18]

Klobuchar is only the fourth woman in the history of the Senate Judiciary Committee to be appointed onto the powerful committee. The three other women that were first appointed to the committee were Dianne Feinstein and Carol Mosley-Braun in 1993 and Maria Cantwell in 2001.

Klobuchar serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights along with the Crime and Drugs Subcommittee.[19]

Democratic Wing Ding appearance

Klobuchar made an appearance at the Democratic Wing Ding, a fundraiser in Northern Iowa. She was the keynote speaker and took House Republicans to task for failing to pass the farm bill and the immigration bill. She specifically called out Iowa's 4th Congressional District's Republican Representative Steve King, over his opposition to the immigration bill. Klobuchar added that she partly attended the fundraiser to support Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley, who is running for Senator Tom Harkin's seat in 2014.[20]

Congresswomen

In December 2013, Klobuchar said that the close friendships between her fellow congresswomen helped resolve the federal shutdown. She noted that the women had dinner together every other month. She said, "We are really good friends and when people talk about the days of old and they miss the days that people used to work together, we’ve got that going with the 20 female senators."[21]

Controversy

UAE comments

Klobuchar commented on the United Arab Emirates holding an American over a parody video he made. The University of Minnesota graduate moved to Dubai in 2006. He made and posted a parody video online that addressed the youth culture in Dubai. He was charged with violating cybercrimes and endangering national security. He pleaded not guilty, but was ultimately sentenced to a year in a maximum security prison. Klobuchar defended the man, saying, "I figure if Mick Jagger can play Abu Dhabi, these guys shouldn’t be in jail for putting a video up. If he’s not home by the time of that Rolling Stones concert, they’ve got a problem. They can’t have Mick Jagger up there singing his songs and then have this guy in jail."[22]

Elections

2016

See also: Possible 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates

When asked if she was considering a run for the presidency at a 2013 fundraiser, Klobuchar stated she was focused on representing Minnesota in the Senate.[23] She made visits to Iowa, South Carolina and Iowa in 2013.[24] There have been 16 Senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[25]

On June 4, 2014, Klobuchar's name was listed on an invitation to a fundraiser for the Ready for Hillary PAC.[26]


2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2012

Klobuchar ran for re-election in 2012.[27] She defeated Jack Shepard, Darryl Stanton, and Dick Franson in the August 14, 2012, Democratic primary. She defeated Republican Kurt Bills, Independence Party candidate Stephen Williams, grassroots candidate Timothy Davis and Minnesota Open Progressives candidate Michael Cavlan in the November general election.[28]

U.S. Senate, Minnesota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Klobuchar Incumbent 65.2% 1,854,595
     Republican Kurt Bills 30.5% 867,974
     Independence Stephen Williams 2.6% 73,539
     Grassroots Tim Davis 1.1% 30,531
     Progressive Michael Cavlan 0.5% 13,986
Total Votes 2,843,207
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Klobuchar is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Klobuchar raised a total of $10,203,513 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[30]

Amy Klobuchar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Minnesota) Won $10,203,513
Grand Total Raised $10,203,513

2012

Breakdown of the source of Klobuchar's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Klobuchar won the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Klobuchar's campaign committee raised a total of $10,203,513 and spent $8,532,377.[31]

Cost per vote

Klobuchar spent $4.60 per vote received in 2012.

2006

Klobuchar won election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Klobuchar's campaign committee raised a total of $9,202,052 and spent $9,095,671.[32]

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Klobuchar's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $400,028 and $1,225,000. That averages to $812,514, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Klobuchar ranked as the 69th most wealthy senator in 2012.[33] Between 2006 and 2012, Klobuchar's calculated net worth[34] decreased by an average of 3 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[35]

Amy Klobuchar Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2006$979,445
2012$812,514
Growth from 2006 to 2012:-17%
Average annual growth:-3%[36]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[37]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Klobuchar is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of July 2014.[38] Klobuchar was rated as a "rank-and-file Democrat" in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[39]

Klobuchar most often votes with:

Klobuchar least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Klobuchar missed 20 of 2,362 roll call votes from January 2007 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.8 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[40]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Klobuchar paid her congressional staff a total of $2,404,347 in 2011. She ranked 7th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 30th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Minnesota ranked 46th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[41]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Klobuchar ranked 29th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[42]

2012

Klobuchar ranked 34th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[43]

2011

Klobuchar ranked 34th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[44]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Klobuchar voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 19th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[45]

2013

Klobuchar voted with the Democratic Party 95.5 percent of the time, which ranked 24th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[46]

Recent news

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Personal

Klobuchar is married to John Bessler. They have a daughter, Abigail.[47]

See also

External links

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References

  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress, "Amy Klobuchar," accessed November 2, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List" accessed January 18, 2013
  4. U.S. Senate Official Website, "Committee Assignments," accessed November 2, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Washington Post, "What the potential 2016 presidential candidates are saying about Syria," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 On The Issues, "Amy Klobuchar Vote Match," accessed June 20, 2014
  17. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  19. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  20. Sioux City Journal, "Minnesota senator blasts House Republicans," accessed August 19, 2013
  21. Politico, "Klobuchar: Women on the Hill 'really good friends'," accessed December 4, 2013
  22. Politico, "Amy Klobuchar cites Rolling Stones in United Arab Emirates fight," accessed December 27, 2013
  23. The Hill, "Sen. Klobuchar's appearance at Iowa fundraiser prompts presidential buzz," August 17, 2013
  24. USA Today, "Democrats not named Clinton also eye presidential bids," December 4, 2013
  25. United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. Politico, "Amy Klobuchar gets behind Clinton in ‘16," June 4, 2014
  27. Minnesota Public Radio, "Klobuchar hopes for 'grace period' before 2012 campaign," accessed January 5, 2012
  28. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006" accessed November 2, 2011
  30. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Amy Klobuchar" April 2013
  31. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Amy Klobuchar 2006 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  33. OpenSecrets, "Klobuchar, (D-MN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  34. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  35. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  36. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  37. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  38. GovTrack, "Amy Klobuchar," accessed July 21, 2014
  39. OpenCongress, "Amy Klobuchar," accessed July 21, 2014
  40. GovTrack, "Amy Klobuchar," accessed July 21, 2014
  41. LegiStorm, "Amy Klobuchar"
  42. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 21, 2014
  43. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," accessed February 26, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. Official Senate Page, "About," accessed November 2, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Dayton
U.S. Senate - Minnesota
2007-Present
Succeeded by
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