Amy Klobuchar

Senator from Minnesota
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Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the presidential race on March 2, 2020. This page is no longer being updated.
Klobuchar has touted her Midwestern roots and ability to work across the aisle to pass legislation while campaigning as a moderate choice. She was first elected to the US Senate in 2006.
Yale University, B.A. (1982); University of Chicago Law School, J.D. (1985)
May 25, 1960
John Bessler
Congregationalist (United Church of Christ)
Hennepin County attorney, 1999-2007;
Partner at the law firm Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty and Bennett in Minneapolis, 1993-1998;
Attorney, and later partner at the law firm Dorsey and Whitney in Minneapolis, 1985-1993


Amy Klobuchar Fast Facts
Updated 2:09 PM ET, Tue May 10, 2022
Here is a look at the life of Amy Klobuchar, US senator from Minnesota and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Personal Birth date: May 25, 1960 Birth place: Plymouth, Minnesota Birth name: Amy Jean Klobuchar Father: Jim Klobuchar, Star Tribune columnist Mother: Rose (Heuberger) Klobuchar, teacher Marriage: John Bessler (1993-present) Children: Abigail Education: Yale University, B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, 1982; University of Chicago Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985 Religion: Congregationalist (United Church of Christ) Other Facts Her last name is pronounced KLOW-buh-shar. Has noted that she visits all 87 counties in Minnesota annually. Klobuchar's daughter was born with a condition that prevented her from swallowing. Due to health insurance coverage rules at the time, Klobuchar had to leave the hospital after a 24-hour stay while her daughter remained. Klobuchar later testified before the Minnesota state legislature to successfully change the law ensuring new mothers a 48-hour stay covered by insurance. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed similar legislation requiring insurance companies cover hospital stays for new mothers for at least 48 hours. Has spoken and written about her father's battle with alcoholism, and its effect on their family. Timeline 1980 - During college, works as an intern for Vice President Walter Mondale. 1985-1993 - Attorney, and later partner at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis. 1986 - "Uncovering the Dome," Klobuchar's senior thesis at Yale chronicling the 10-year political battle to build the Metrodome in Minneapolis, is published as a book. 1993-1998 - Partner at the law firm Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett in Minneapolis. 1998-2006 - Elected as Hennepin County attorney in a close race and is reelected with no competition in 2002. November 7, 2006 - Becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate from Minnesota. January 2007-present - Democratic US Senator from Minnesota, winning reelection in 2012 and 2018. January 2015 - Joins the Senate Democratic leadership team when she becomes chair of the Steering and Outreach Committee. August 2015 - Klobuchar's book, "The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland," is published. February 10, 2019 - Announces her presidential bid at a snowy, freezing outdoor event in Minneapolis. March 2, 2020 - Klobuchar ends her presidential bid and endorses former Vice President Joe Biden. June 18, 2020 - Klobuchar removes herself from consideration to be Biden's running mate, citing the ongoing national discussion about racial injustice and police brutality to suggest the former vice president should choose a woman of color. April 27, 2021 - "Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age" is published. September 9, 2021 - Klobuchar announces in a post on Medium that she had been diagnosed and was successfully treated for breast cancer earlier this year. January 2022 - Klobuchar travels to Ukraine with six other US senators to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky amid the looming threat of a potential Russian invasion of the country. In March, Klobuchar meets with Ukrainian troops and refugees in Poland.


climate crisis
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Klobuchar dedicated a portion of her announcement speech to climate, saying that within her first 100 days in office, she would “reinstate the clean power rules and the gas mileage standards and put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure.” Klobuchar in September 2019 released a climate plan to put the US on a path to 100% net-zero emissions by 2050 through “sweeping” legislative revisions. Klobuchar has committed to rejoining the Paris climate accord, a 2015 landmark deal on global warming targets that Trump has pledged to abandon, on “Day One.” While she has co-sponsored the Green New Deal – the broad plan to address renewable-energy infrastructure and climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York – she has said in multiple interviews that she sees the bill as more “aspirational” than a solid legislative proposal. More on Klobuchar’s climate crisis policy
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Klobuchar has said the Trump corporate tax cuts in 2017 went “way too far.” She would raise the corporate tax rate to 25%, something she says would provide $100 billion to pay for “people’s roads and bridges.” Under a retirement savings plan she introduced in the Senate, she would return the household tax rate to 39.6% for top earners. She opposes the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – a successor deal to the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiated by Trump – as it is written and has called for changes. She has said she believes “we need to be doing everything we can to help American farmers sell more of their products in foreign markets.” Klobuchar has called for equal pay and is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide remedies for wage discrimination. More on Klobuchar’s economic policy
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Klobuchar rolled out her education plan in July 2019, pledging to roll back a host of Trump’s education priorities, including a school choice tax credit, a plan that critics believe would take money away from public schools. She has previously expressed support for free community college and expanded financial aid for low-income students – but is against making all public colleges free. “I am not for free four-year college for all, no,” Klobuchar said in February 2019 at a CNN town hall. “If I was a magic genie and could afford to give that to everyone, I would.” The senator does not support wiping out all student debt, but does back expanding loan forgiveness for people in “in-demand jobs” and refinancing student loans at lower rates. More on Klobuchar’s education policy
gun violence
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Klobuchar has sought to explain her view on guns through her home state of Minnesota and her family’s love of hunting. With that standard in mind, Klobuchar says she supports banning so-called assault weapons, bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. She has also backed universal background checks. “We should join the majority of Americans and actually many gun owners in having the courage to pass common-sense gun safety legislation,” Klobuchar said at a CNN town hall in February 2019. The senator has also proposed closing the “boyfriend loophole” in order to stop people who abused their dating partners from buying or owning firearms. More on Klobuchar’s gun violence policy
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Klobuchar has voiced skepticism about “Medicare for All” legislation, which would create a government-run health care plan and essentially eliminate the private insurance industry. During the first Democratic primary debate in June 2019, she expressed concern about “kicking half of America off of their health insurance in four years.” Instead, she supports creating a government-run public option, which she has said could be done by expanding Medicare or Medicaid. She also wants to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, promising to take executive action to do so during her first 100 days in office by increasing federal subsidies for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, as well as other methods. Also during her first 100 days, Klobuchar said, she would allow the importation of drugs from countries such as Canada. And she supports allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. More on Klobuchar’s health care policy
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Klobuchar supports comprehensive immigration revisions, including a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are in the country legally, refugees who have been in the country for decades and undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and qualified for protections under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She has said she would issue an executive order to end family separation at the border and to reunify children already separated from their parents. She does not support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and instead would opt to overhaul the law enforcement agency. The senator is opposed to building a wall across the entire US-Mexico border but has called for “smart border protection,” including improved fencing and technology. More on Klobuchar’s immigration policy


'We know what we've got in terms of this outbreak' -- White House defends monkeypox response
Updated 2:41 PM ET, Fri Aug 19, 2022
A top official on the White House monkeypox response team on Friday sought to defend the Biden administration's actions as the outbreak worsens but did not offer substantive explanations for why it is taking so long to get the spread under control, casting the response as reactive to the disease's trajectory. "The contour of the outbreak is what dictated action," White House deputy monkeypox response coordinator Dr. Demetre Daskalakis said during an interview on "At This Hour" with CNN's Boris Sanchez. "So I think the epidemiology of the outbreak really led to the emergency declaration and also the steps to add a new coordination team with myself and (White House monkeypox response coordinator) Bob Fenton." The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on August 4 after facing criticism for not moving faster to address the crisis. Daskalakis said Friday: "We know what we've got in terms of this outbreak. It is acting differently than any monkeypox outbreak we've seen before. It's clear the epidemiology, it's clear what strategies need to be implemented to be able to control the outbreak, and it's also clear which populations we need to focus on. So I think, really, it's more about the right time as opposed to there being a delay." His comments come a day after the administration announced new steps to accelerate the US response to the spread of monkeypox amid high demand for vaccines and treatments. That includes boosting supply with an additional 1.8 million doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, accelerating the US Department of Health and Human Services' vaccine distribution timeline. HHS is also launching a new program aimed at making vaccines available and engaging with at-risk communities at large events attracting LGBTQ communities. And the administration is pre-positioning doses of an antiviral treatment for individuals who test positive. The details, compiled in a White House fact sheet, were shared first with CNN. More than 14,000 monkeypox cases had been reported in the United States as of Thursday afternoon, according to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with more than 40,000 confirmed cases worldwide. There have been zero deaths in the US. Most monkeypox cases in the current outbreak have been linked to sexual activity. According to CDC guidance, "monkeypox can spread to anyone" through close contact, which is often skin-to-skin, as well as intimate contact that includes sex, hugging, massaging and kissing. Men who have sex with men are at high risk of contracting the virus. Pressed by Sanchez on Friday on the criticism that the administration did not move quickly enough, Daskalakis said that the outbreak was "approached with great urgency" and that the response has been "characterized by a lot of pivots," which he described as learning about how the virus spread and shifting the vaccine strategy as supply did not immediately meet the high demand. He touted the "great amount of safety" with a newly approved approach to administer the vaccine intradermally -- between layers of skin -- which requires a smaller dosage. But amid concerns from some providers that there hasn't been enough training on how to administer the vaccine this way, Daskalakis said the CDC was "working closely" with jurisdictions while acknowledging there has been a "learning curve." "Definitely, there's a learning curve. But what's exciting is that because of the new intervention of increasing the number of doses we have, they're able to get more vaccines to people and have more vaccine events. ... But I think that we're seeing that the training is working and the folks are implementing on the ground in a way that is, I think, really going to help us move toward more shots in arms and more people protected from the immunological perspective," he said. Daskalakis dismissed the idea of invoking the Defense Production Act to get more vaccine supply, suggesting there were other ways to boost vaccines. "A lot of other strategies are currently being looked at that will accelerate vaccine supply. So including ideas of domestic fill and finish of a vaccine. So that's really a space to watch closely. I think you're going to hear on news as we go forward. But I think at this point, I think we have strategies that will actually increase production using mechanisms that we already will be able to get in place without invoking that Act at this time," he said.