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Amy Klobuchar

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Twitter Followers: 1.1M

Running, 2020, Presidential Primary Election

July States
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Minnesota U.S. Senate, Sr (2006 - Present)

2019


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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Amy Klobuchar (Democrat) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Minnesota. Klobuchar was elected to the office on November 7, 2006. On February 10, 2019, Klobuchar formally announced she was running for president in 2020.

Klobuchar won her third term in the Senate after defeating challengers Jim Newberger (R), Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Party), and Paula Overby (G) in the general election on November 6, 2018. She advanced to the general election after winning the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018.

Klobuchar was mentioned as a possible nominee to replace former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on February 13, 2016. Ultimately, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland.

Before her election to the U.S. Senate, Klobuchar was an attorney in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

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 and grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. graduating magna cum laude from Yale University in 1982, and she received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. While attending Yale, Klobuchar interned for Vice President Walter Mondale (D).

Prior to running for public office, Klobuchar was a partner at the law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty. She was elected Hennepin County attorney in 1998 with 50.4 percent of the vote and re-elected in 2002 with no opposition. She served as county attorney until 2006, the year she was first elected to the U.S. Senate.

Klobuchar won that election with 58 percent of the vote, and she was re-elected with over 60 percent support in 2012 and 2018. In 2014, Senate Democrats elected Klobuchar as chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, which works with advocacy groups, policy experts, and intergovernmental organizations to shape policy positions.

Klobuchar has published two books: Uncovering the Dome—based off her Yale senior essay on the politics surrounding the construction of the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome—in 1986 and the memoir The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland in 2015.

Below is an abbreviated version of Klobuchar's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2007-Present: U.S. Senator from Minnesota
  • 1999-2006: Hennepin County Attorney
  • Partner at Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty law firms
  • 1985: Graduated from the University of Chicago with a Juris Doctor
  • 1982: Graduated from Yale University 1982, magna cum laude

Possible 2016 SCOTUS nominee

Prior to President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, Klobuchar was mentioned as a possible nominee to replace former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away on February 13, 2016.

Education

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982
  • Former Chief Prosecutor, Hennepin County
  • Former Legal Advisor, Walter Mondale
  • County Attorney, Hennepin County, 1999-2006
  • Partner, Gray, Plant, and Mooty, 1993-1998
  • Attorney/Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, 1985-1993

Political Experience

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982
  • Former Chief Prosecutor, Hennepin County
  • Former Legal Advisor, Walter Mondale
  • County Attorney, Hennepin County, 1999-2006
  • Partner, Gray, Plant, and Mooty, 1993-1998
  • Attorney/Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, 1985-1993
  • Chair of Steering Committee, Democratic Leadership, United States Senate, 2015-present
  • Senator, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006, 2012, 2018

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Co-Chair, Medical Device Caucus, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, United States Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

Member, Commerce, Science and Transportation

Member, Joint Committee on Printing

Member, Joint Committee on the Library

Member, Joint Economic Committee

Member, Judiciary

Ranking Member, Rules and Administration

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights

Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration

Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet

Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources

Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism

Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security

Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection

Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops

Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts

Member, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy

Member, Subcommittee on Security

Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1985
  • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1982
  • Former Chief Prosecutor, Hennepin County
  • Former Legal Advisor, Walter Mondale
  • County Attorney, Hennepin County, 1999-2006
  • Partner, Gray, Plant, and Mooty, 1993-1998
  • Attorney/Partner, Dorsey & Whitney, 1985-1993
  • Chair of Steering Committee, Democratic Leadership, United States Senate, 2015-present
  • Senator, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States Senate, Minnesota, 2006, 2012, 2018
  • Member, President's Export Council, present
  • Former President, Minnesota County Attorneys Association
  • Former Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Woman To Watch, American Prospect;
  • Best in Congress, Working Mother Magazine;
  • Award for her work to fight sexual assault in the military, Service Women's Action Network;
  • Outstanding Member of the Senate Award, National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition;
  • Above and Beyond Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve;
  • Outstanding Member of the Senate Award, National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition;
  • Above and Beyond Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

  • Jim

  • Newspaper Reporter

  • Rose

  • Elementary School Teacher

— Publications:

  • "Uncovering the Dome"
  • "The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland"

Elections

2020

Presidency

An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Klobuchar formally announced she was running for president on February 10, 2019.

2018

General election
General election for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar (D) defeated Jim Newberger (R), Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Now Party), and Paula Overby (G) in the general election for U.S. Senate Minnesota on November 6, 2018.

Amy Klobuchar (D)
60.3%
1,566,174 Votes

Jim Newberger (R)
36.2%
940,437 Votes

Dennis Schuller (Legal Marijuana Now Party)
2.6%
66,236 Votes

Paula Overby (G)
0.9%
23,101 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.0%
931 Votes

Total votes: 2,596,879
(100% precincts reporting)

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Incumbent Amy Klobuchar defeated Steve Carlson, Stephen Emery, David Robert Groves, and Leonard Richards in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota on August 14, 2018.

Amy Klobuchar (D)
95.7%
557,306 Votes

Steve Carlson (D)
1.7%
9,934 Votes

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Stephen Emery (D)
1.2%
7,047 Votes

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David Robert Groves (D)
0.8%
4,511 Votes

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Leonard Richards (D)
0.6%
3,552 Votes

Total votes: 582,350

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota

Jim Newberger defeated Merrill Anderson, Rae Hart Anderson, and Roque De La Fuente in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate Minnesota on August 14, 2018.

Jim Newberger (R)
69.5%
201,531 Votes

Merrill Anderson (R)
15.7%
45,492 Votes

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Rae Hart Anderson (R)
8.9%
25,883 Votes

Roque De La Fuente (R)
5.9%
17,051 Votes

Total votes: 289,957


2012

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

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


Policy Positions

Presidential Election 2020 Political Courage Test

Abortion

1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar has fought for and will continue to support legislation that protects a woman's right to make her own health care decisions.

Budget

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports raising income tax rates on the wealthiest Americans who make over $200,000 a year. She supports expanding support for programs like Social Security and Medicare and believes that these programs must remain solvent for generations to come.

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

3. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- Yes

Education

1. Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supported and advocated for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which corrected some of the shortcomings of No Child Left Behind by giving states and local school districts more flexibility to make decisions about how best to meet students' needs. She supported restoring responsibility to the states to determine how best to use federally required tests for accountability purposes.

Energy & Environment

1. Other or expanded principles
- On day one of Senator Klobuchar's presidency she will get us back into the International Climate Change Agreement. On day two and day three, she will bring back the clean power rules and gas mileage standards that the Obama Administration put into place. And she will put forward sweeping legislation that includes carbon pricing, provides a landmark investment in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure, provides incentives for tougher building codes, promotes rural renewable energy and development, and promotes buy clean policies.

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

3. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

Guns

1. Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar believes that gun violence prevention policies are long overdue. She supports a package of gun violence policies including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons. She is also the author of a proposal that would close what is commonly referred to as the boyfriend loophole by preventing people who have abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms.

Health Care

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports universal health care for all Americans and she believes the quickest way to get there is through a public option that expands Medicare or Medicaid. She supports changes to the Affordable Care Act to help bring down costs to consumers, including providing cost-sharing reductions, making it easier for states to put reinsurance in place, and continuing to implement delivery system reform. And she's been fighting her whole life to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

2. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar believes it is time to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get dark money out of our politics, as well as establish a campaign finance system that increases the power of small donors through a matching system for small donations.

Economy

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports investing in our nation's infrastructure. To pay for this infrastructure investment, she supports repealing the regressive portions of the 2017 Republican tax bill.

2. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

Immigration

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act, border security and a path to earned citizenship.

2. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- No

3. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

National Security

1. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar believes that the military option should always remain on the table. She supports reducing the troop presence in Afghanistan.

2. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Yes

3. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes

Administrative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- Senator Klobuchar's top priorities are ensuring shared economic prosperity, which includes reducing health care costs, bringing down prescription drug prices, and making a major infrastructure investment paid for by corporate tax reform and changes to the international tax code. She is also committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform, which is crucial to moving our economy and our country forward. And Senator Klobuchar will take immediate action to tackle the climate crisis, because climate change isn't happening in 100 years, it is happening now.

Trade

1. Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar supports fair trade agreements that include strong labor and environmental standards and she will continue her work to strengthen trade enforcement.

Defense

1. Do you support increasing defense spending?
- No

2. Other or expanded principles
- Senator Klobuchar will focus on making the right investments in our nation's defense and she will make sure we are responding to the threats our country actually faces today, including cyber-attacks.

Endorsements
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Articles

Letter to Dr. Robert Redfield, Director for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Concerns Over Declining Child Immunization Rates

May 29, 2020

Dear Dr. Redfield, We write to express significant concern regarding the recent decline in routine childhoodimmunization rates in the United States during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,and urge you to take immediate action to encourage and support routine pediatric immunizationsthrough the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to recent data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adecline in provider orders for non-influenza childhood vaccines, and measles-containingvaccines including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, began one week after PresidentTrump declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. InMay, the Michigan Care Improvement Registry found a drastic decrease in vaccination ratesamong children across nearly every age group. The percentage of children five months andyounger who remain up-to-date on recommended vaccines declined from 67.9 percent in 2019,to 49.7 percent in May 2020. The New York City health department reported a 63 percent dropin the number of vaccine doses administered to children between March 23 and May 9, includinga 91 percent drop for children ages 2 and above. The administration of routine pediatric immunizations remains critical throughout the duration ofthis public health emergency. The decline in immunizations is largely attributable to efforts byfamilies to adhere to social distancing guidelines to reduce both their exposure to, and the spreadof COVID-19. But if this trend of decreased immunization rates among children continues, theUnited States could face yet another public health crisis: increased risk of outbreaks of vaccinepreventable diseases. Such outbreaks would put lives at risk, and place additional stress on our health care system and public health infrastructure at a time when these systems are struggling torespond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid this potential crisis, we urge the CDC to immediately develop an action plan thatincorporates targeted public outreach and education efforts on addressing vaccine hesitancy andemphasizing the importance of pediatric immunizations; resources for communities that haveseen reductions in their immunization rates since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; andguidance for parents and families on how to safely access pediatric immunizations during theCOVID-19 pandemic, including best practices regarding personal protective equipment (PPE)use and other precautions to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in health care settings; andnecessary efforts to ensure rapid catch-up for children who are not up to date on critical pediatricvaccines. In addition to developing the plans described above, we request that you respond to the followingquestions no later than July 1, 2020 to help us better understand how the federal government isworking to address the alarming drop in pediatric immunization rates: 1. What specific steps is CDC taking to reverse the dramatic drop in vaccinations since midMarch?a. How does CDC plan to capture accurate real-time data on pediatric immunizationrates and identify potential solutions, particularly in vulnerable communities? 2. What outreach and education efforts are underway at CDC to address fears amongparents and families related to bringing children into health care settings during theCOVID-19 crisis?a. Is CDC planning a public information campaign to address vaccine hesitancy, andif so, how will CDC ensure that the necessary communication on the importanceof routine immunizations is reaching parents and families?b. How will CDC ensure that families receive guidance on safe access to care forchildren during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the appropriate use of PPE?c. How will CDC communicate with health care workers, and provide the necessarytools to inform communities about the importance of receiving pediatricimmunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic?d. What guidance is CDC providing to pediatricians and other health care workerson procedures to ensure that they can safely provide and promote routine pediatricimmunizations?e. Given the significant increase in unemployment due to COVID-19, many familiesare finding themselves uninsured. How will CDC raise awareness of the Vaccinesfor Children (VFC) program to ensure that families know their children can stillaccess routine immunizations, and how does CDC plan to support participatingVFC providers as they work to catch up VFC-eligible children on missedvaccinations, while also preparing for the upcoming flu season? 3. How will CDC monitor the ongoing availability and ordering of pediatric immunizations,including doses and other essential medical devices, PPE, and other supplies needed tostore, transport and administer vaccines, and what plans are in place to address anysupply chain disruptions?a. Is CDC taking steps now to ensure that the availability of pediatricimmunizations, and necessary medical devices and supplies, is not impacted whenproduction and domestic distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine is underway?4. Has CDC developed or reviewed modeling or projections that predict the potential impacton future vaccine-preventable outbreaks if the current pediatric immunization ratecontinues throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic?5. Does CDC require additional resources from Congress in order to support efforts toreverse the decline in pediatric immunizations? If so, what level of funding would besufficient? We appreciate your timely response and look forward to working with you on this critical issue.

Congressman Gonzalez Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Calling on Administration to Ensure National Guard Servicemembers on COVID-19 Front Lines Receive Benefits Earned

May 28, 2020

Dear Mr. President, Secretary Esper, and Administrator Gaynor: We write today to raise a number of issues impacting the National Guard personnel deployed in support of the fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Guard has been critical in executing the nation's pandemic response efforts. Thousands of National Guard servicemembers have been providing invaluable support for testing civilians and Guard personnel, logistics and warehouse distribution, planning for Emergency Operations Centers, homelessness outreach, and much more. We also recognize that National Guard servicemembers have been supporting state efforts in high threat and high risk areas, namely, medical support to prisons; frontline testing at hot spots and critical infrastructure locations; supporting tracing operations; and providing direct care to COVID-19 positive citizens, including at care facilities like Veterans Living Centers and homeless populations. Our national success in flattening the curve will not be possible without the contributions of the National Guard. We believe it is critical to ensure that all National Guard personnel are taken care of during this crisis and after, recognizing that the threat of COVID-19 will not immediately go away and the National Guard is likely to be called on again in the future. Therefore, we urge you to consider our recommendations for addressing the following concerns immediately. Federal Status: We ask that you consider keeping all National Guard servicemembers supporting the COVID-19 mission on 502(f)(2) status rather than transitioning to State Active Duty (SAD) orders regardless of future FEMA reimbursement. This will ensure healthcare commensurate with the work they are performing is available. This will also ensure they are able to continue support to the nation's effort without uncertainty of status. If orders are to be extended on a month-to-month basis, we ask that all orders are 31 days or longer in duration and that the announcement of extensions be made early in the month in order to allow for preparation by each state's leadership teams. Leave: We are encouraged by the recent change that will allow National Guard members to sell back unused leave without penalty or roll over accrued leave to another activated status. We ask that you continue to provide National Guard members with flexibility in how they may utilize leave accrued during the COVID-19 response, and ensure necessary federal funding to support the different leave usage options. Healthcare: We ask that you ensure the National Guard members activated in support of COVID-19 are provided Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) benefits for 180 days after coming off orders, similar to their Reserve counterparts. GI Bill and Retirement Benefits: We believe that the service of National Guard members during this unprecedented emergency is deserving of the recognition intended by educational and retirement benefit programs in the spirit in which they were created. We encourage you to be inclusive of pandemic response affiliated military service to ensure that National Guard personnel are not being inappropriately prevented from accessing the benefits earned by their service.We are proud of the incredible contributions of the National Guard. They have been a critical team member in the nation's fight against COVID-19. We welcome your support in ensuring they are kept safe, healthy, and receive the benefits they deserve.

Events

2020

Mar. 2
Denver Rally with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar!

Mon 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM MST

Mile High Station (2727 West Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204)

Mar. 2
Salt Lake City Rally with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar!

Mon 8:15 AM – 10:15 AM MST

The Depot (13 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)

Mar. 1
St Louis Park Rally with US Senator Amy Klobuchar!

Sun 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM CST

Saint Louis Park High School (6425 W 33rd Street Saint Louis Park, MN 55426)