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Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar.jpg
U.S. Senate, Minnesota
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
PredecessorMark Dayton (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$10,203,513
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.University of Chicago Law School
Date of birthMay 25, 1960
Place of birthPlymouth, MN
Net worth$681,014
Office website
Campaign website
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Amy Klobuchar campaign logo
Amy Jean Klobuchar (b. May 25, 1960, in Plymouth, Minnesota) 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.


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]


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


Klobuchar serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Klobuchar served on the following Senate committees[4]:


Government shutdown

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

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.[5]

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.”[6]

Judiciary Committee

Senator Klobuchar was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009.[7] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Specific votes

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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]



See also: United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2012

Klobuchar ran for re-election in 2012.[11] 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.[12]

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" (dead link)

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.[14]

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


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.[15]

Cost per vote

Klobuchar spent $4.60 per vote received in 2012.


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.[16]


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.[17]

Klobuchar most often votes with:

Klobuchar least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Klobuchar is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 28, 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Klobuchar missed 15 of 1,935 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 0.8% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[19]

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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Klobuchar's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $310,029 and $1,052,000. That averages to $681,014, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth decreased by 6% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Klobuchar's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $345,029 and $1,104,000. That averages to $724,514.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[22]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Klobuchar was ranked the 34th most liberal senator during 2012.[23]


According to the data released in 2012, Amy Klobuchar was ranked the 34th most liberal senator during 2011.[24]

Voting with party


Amy Klobuchar voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 24th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[25]

Recent news

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Klobuchar is married to John Bessler. They have a daughter, Abigail.[26]

External links


  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. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  6. Washington Post, "What the potential 2016 presidential candidates are saying about Syria," accessed September 2, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  8. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  9. Sioux City Journal, "Minnesota senator blasts House Republicans", accessed August 19, 2013
  10. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Minnesota Public Radio "Klobuchar hopes for 'grace period' before 2012 campaign," Accessed January 5, 2012
  12. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed November 2, 2011
  14. Open Secrets "Donor history for Amy Klobuchar" April 2013
  15. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Amy Klobuchar 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  17. OpenCongress, "Amy Klobuchar," Accessed August 8, 2013
  18. Gov Track "Amy Klobuchar," Accessed June 28, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Amy Klobuchar" Accessed April 2013
  20. LegiStorm "Amy Klobuchar"
  21., "Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), 2011"
  22., "Klobuchar, (D-Minnesota), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  26. Official Senate Page "About," Accessed November 2, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Dayton
U.S. Senate - Minnesota
Succeeded by