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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
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]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). 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]


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]


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 a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Judiciary Committee

Senator Klobuchar was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009.[16] 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]


In December 2013, Klobuchar said that the close friendships her fellow congresswomen share helped resolve the federal shutdown. She noted the women have 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."[19]


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."[20]



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.[21] She made visits to Iowa, South Carolina and Iowa in 2013.[22] There have been 16 senators elected to the presidency, including Barack Obama.[23]

On June 4, 2014, Klobuchar's name was listed on an invitation to a fundraiser for the Ready for Hillary PAC.[24]


See also: United States Senate elections in Minnesota, 2012

Klobuchar ran for re-election in 2012.[25] 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.[26]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]


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.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[35]

Amy Klobuchar Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
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.

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.[38]


According to the data released in 2012, Amy Klobuchar was ranked the 34th most liberal senator during 2011.[39]

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.[40]

Recent news

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Klobuchar is married to John Bessler. They have a daughter, Abigail.[41]

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. 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 "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  17. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  18. Sioux City Journal, "Minnesota senator blasts House Republicans," accessed August 19, 2013
  19. Politico, "Klobuchar: Women on the Hill 'really good friends'," accessed December 4, 2013
  20. Politico, "Amy Klobuchar cites Rolling Stones in United Arab Emirates fight," accessed December 27, 2013
  21. The Hill, "Sen. Klobuchar's appearance at Iowa fundraiser prompts presidential buzz," August 17, 2013
  22. USA Today, "Democrats not named Clinton also eye presidential bids," December 4, 2013
  23. United States Senate, "Senators Who Became President," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. Politico, "Amy Klobuchar gets behind Clinton in ‘16," June 4, 2014
  25. Minnesota Public Radio, "Klobuchar hopes for 'grace period' before 2012 campaign," accessed January 5, 2012
  26. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed November 2, 2011
  28. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Amy Klobuchar" April 2013
  29. Open Secrets, " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Amy Klobuchar 2006 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  31. OpenCongress, "Amy Klobuchar," accessed August 8, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Amy Klobuchar," accessed June 28, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Amy Klobuchar" accessed April 2013
  34. LegiStorm, "Amy Klobuchar"
  35. OpenSecrets, "Klobuchar, (D-MN), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  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. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  39. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  41. Official Senate Page, "About," accessed November 2, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Dayton
U.S. Senate - Minnesota
Succeeded by