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Encyclopedia > Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Serving with Norm Coleman
Preceded by Mark Dayton
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born May 25, 1960 (1960-05-25) (age 47)
Plymouth, Minnesota
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Spouse John Bessler
Alma mater Yale University
Religion Congregationalist

Amy Jean Klobuchar (pronounced "KLOH-buh-shar") (born May 25, 1960) is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party. She is the first woman elected to the Senate by Minnesota and is one of two female senators in the 110th United States Congress freshman class. Formerly county attorney of Hennepin County, she was the chief prosecutor for the most populous county in Minnesota. Klobuchar was legal advisor for former U.S. vice president Walter Mondale and partner in two prominent law firms.[1] Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... See Norman Jay Coleman for the former secretary of Agriculture. ... Mark Brandt Dayton (born January 26, 1947) was a Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party U.S. Senator from Minnesota who served from 2001 – 2007 in the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Plymouth is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... Yale redirects here. ... Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches practicing congregationalist church governance, in which each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The 110th United States Congress began on January 4, 2007. ... A county attorney in the United States is the prosecutor for a county or local judicial district. ... Hennepin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota, named in honor of the 17th-century French explorer Father Louis Hennepin. ... Walter Frederick Fritz Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American politician and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (largely established by former Vice President Hubert Humphrey). ...

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Family and education

Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar is the daughter of Jim Klobuchar, an author and retired sportswriter and columnist for the Star Tribune, and Rose Katherine Heuberger, who retired at age 70 from teaching second grade. Jim Klobuchar's grandparents were Slovenian immigrants to the U.S. and his father was a miner on the Iron Range; Klobuchar's maternal grandparents were from Switzerland.[2] Amy's husband, John Bessler, is an attorney in private practice. He is a native of Mankato, where he attended Loyola High School, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Amy and John were married in 1993, and they have a daughter, Abigail Klobuchar Bessler, who was born in 1995. Plymouth is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... Jim Klobuchar is a Minnesota journalist, author, and travel guide. ... The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in Minnesota and is published seven days each week in an edition for the Minneapolis-St. ... The Iron Range and Arrowhead are overlapping regions that make up the northeastern section of Minnesota in the United States. ... Mankato is an acoustic/vocal duo from Wheaton, IL. Influenced by talent such as Kepano Green, Dashboard Confessional, Damien Rice, Coldplay, Muse, Delirious, Ben Folds, and of course The Beatles. ... This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ...


Klobuchar attended public schools in Plymouth and was valedictorian at Wayzata High School. She received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude in political science from Yale University in 1982, where she was a member of the Yale College Democrats and the Feminist Caucus.[3] Her senior thesis is a college textbook still used across the U.S. Published as Uncovering the Dome,[4] the 150-page history describes the ten years of politics surrounding the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. Klobuchar served as an associate editor of the Law Review and received her J.D. in 1985 at the University of Chicago Law School.[1] In the United States and Canada, the title of valedictorian (an anglicized derivation from the Latin vale dicere, to say farewell) is given to the top graduate of the graduating class (the Australia/New Zealand equivalent being dux, although some Australian universities use the American term) of an educational institution. ... Wayzata High School is a high school in Plymouth, Minnesota, a first tier suburb of Minneapolis-St. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Yale redirects here. ... The entrance The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, usually simply called The Metrodome or The Dome, and often nicknamed the Homerdome (even though in reality it is no friendlier to the long ball than average[3]), is a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... “J.D.” redirects here. ... The University of Chicago Law School, having recently celebrated its centennial in the 2002-2003 school year, has established itself as a high profile part of the University of Chicago. ...


Career

Klobuchar was elected county attorney in 1998 and re-elected in 2002 with no opposition. In 2001 Minnesota Lawyer named her "Attorney of the Year". Klobuchar was president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association from November 2002 to November 2003. Besides working as a prosecutor, Klobuchar was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney, where former Vice President Walter Mondale also works, and a partner at another top Minnesota law firm Gray Plant Mooty before seeking public office. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Dorsey & Whitney LLP (or Dorsey) is a large law firm, with approximately 650 lawyers and 850 staff located in 19 offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. ... The Vice President of the United States (sometimes referred to as VPOTUS[1] or Veep) is the first in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president. ... Walter Frederick Fritz Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American politician and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (largely established by former Vice President Hubert Humphrey). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


2006 Senate election

Klobuchar was recognized early as a favorite for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nomination in 2006 for the U.S. Senate seat then held by Mark Dayton. Dayton announced in early 2005 that he would not seek re-election. EMILY's List endorsed Klobuchar on September 29, 2005. Klobuchar won the DFL's endorsement on June 9, 2006. Candidates Mark Kennedy, Amy Klobuchar and Robert Fitzgerald debate on Novemeber 5, 2006 The 2006 Minnesota U.S. Senate election took place on November 7, 2006. ... The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is a major political party in the US state of Minnesota. ... Seats up for election. ... Mark Brandt Dayton (born January 26, 1947) was a Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party U.S. Senator from Minnesota who served from 2001 – 2007 in the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses. ... EMILYs List is a political action committee (PAC) in the United States that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Klobuchar gained the support of the majority of DFL state legislators in Minnesota during the primaries. A poll taken of DFL state delegates showed Klobuchar beating her then closest opponent, Patty Wetterling, 66% to 15%. In January, Wetterling dropped out of the race and endorsed Klobuchar. Former Senate candidate and prominent lawyer Mike Ciresi, who was widely seen as a serious potential DFL candidate, indicated in early February that he would not enter the race; that removal of her most significant potential competitor for the DFL nomination was viewed as an important boost for Klobuchar.[5] The only other serious candidate for the DFL endorsement was veterinarian Ford Bell, who dropped out of the race in July and also endorsed Klobuchar. Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Patty Wetterling in 2006 Patty Wetterling (born November 2, 1949) is a U.S. advocate of childrens safety, particularly focused on protecting children from abduction and abuse. ... Mike Ciresi Michael Ciresi is an American attorney and candidate for the United States Senate in Minnesota in 2006. ... Look up veterinarian in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In the general election, she faced Republican candidate Mark Kennedy, Independence Party candidate Robert Fitzgerald, Constitution candidate Ben Powers, and Green Party candidate Michael Cavlan. Klobuchar consistently led Kennedy throughout the campaign by single or double digits depending on the poll.[6] She won with 58% of the vote over Kennedy's 38% and the Independence Party's candidate Robert Fitzgerald at 3% and won all but eight of Minnesota's 87 counties. This landslide victory was the largest U.S. Senate election margin in Minnesota since the 1978 special election. The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Mark Raymond Kennedy (born April 11, 1957 in Benson, Minnesota), is an American politician. ... The Independence Party of Minnesota (often abbreviated MNIP, IP or IPM), formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is the third largest political party in Minnesota, behind the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) and Republican Party. ... This article is about the American political party, Green Party. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy one of the guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia on one of the following topics: If you are familiar with the subject matter, please expand the article to establish its notability, citing reliable sources. ... Robert Stuart Fitzgerald (1910 - 1985) was best known as a translator of ancient Greek and Latin. ...  Republican holds  Republican pickups  Democratic holds  Democratic pickups The United States Senate election, 1978 was an election for the United States Senate in the middle of Democratic President Jimmy Carters term. ...


Klobuchar became the first elected female Senator from Minnesota. Muriel Humphrey, the state's first female senator, was appointed to fill her husband's unexpired term and not elected. Muriel Humphrey Muriel Buck Humphrey (February 20, 1912 – September 20, 1998) was the wife of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, and a United States Senator. ...


Committee placement

As of November 14, 2006, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) named Amy Klobuchar to the following committees: is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. ...

This continues the practice of Minnesota having two spots on the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, taking Mark Dayton’s spot and joining Minnesota's senior Senator Norm Coleman. Klobuchar said, "the Ag Committee is something I told the people of the state was the committee I wanted to join, because the farm bill is up in 2007. So that's critically important to Minnesota." Klobuchar stated she would be “98th in Senate seniority, a ranking which affects everything from office space to committee assignments.”[7] A late January, 2007 Survey USA poll showed Klobuchar to be popular in Minnesota; her approval rating was 56%. [1] The Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nations agriculture industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. ... The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is responsible for dealing with matters related to the environment and infrastructure. ... The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is a standing committee of the United States Senate in charge of all senate matters related to the following subjects: Coast Guard Coastal zone management Communications Highway safety Inland waterways, except construction Interstate commerce Marine and ocean navigation, safety, and transportation Marine... The Joint Economic Committee is one of only four joint committees of the U.S. Congress. ... The Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nations agriculture industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. ... Mark Brandt Dayton (born January 26, 1947) was a Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party U.S. Senator from Minnesota who served from 2001 – 2007 in the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses. ... See Norman Jay Coleman for the former secretary of Agriculture. ... SurveyUSA is a polling firm in the United States. ...


U.S. Senate

Klobuchar opposed President Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq in January 2007.[8] After president Bush vetoed a bill that would fund the troops, but would impose time limits on the Iraq War, (which Klobuchar voted for) and supporters failed to garner enough congressional votes to override his veto, in May 2007 she voted for additional funding for Iraq without such time limits[9], saying she "simply could not stomach the idea of using our soldiers as bargaining chips".[10] George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


Klobuchar favors universal health care and lower college tuition and opposes free trade agreements that cause loss of jobs in the U.S. She is pro-choice and in favor of embryonic stem cell research. Klobuchar has been a strong advocate for GLBT rights. She has championed middle class issues and opposes privatization of Social Security.[1] Universal health care is a situation in which all residents of a geographic or political region have access to most types of health care. ... Free trade is an economic concept referring to the selling of products between countries without tariffs or other trade barriers. ... Issues of discussion Pro-choice describes the political and ethical view that a woman should have complete control over her fertility and pregnancy. ... There is widespread controversy over stem cell research fue to techniques used in the creation and usage of embryonic stem cells. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an acronym used as a collective term to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Social Security, in the United States, currently refers to the Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program. ...


In March 2007, Klobuchar went on an official trip to Iraq with fellow colleagues, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK); Klobuchar returned with a pessimistic note for the Iraqi cabinet, but noted that U.S. Troops were completing their job and work working arduously to train the Iraqis, but voiced her frustration with Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki.[11] Sheldon Whitehouse (born October 20, 1955) is the Junior Senator from the state of Rhode Island. ... John Sununu is the name of two U.S. politicians: John H. Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire (1983-1989) and White House Chief of Staff for George H. W. Bush (1989-1991) John E. Sununu, his son, U.S. Congressman (1997-2003) and U.S. Senator (2003-present) This is... Lisa Ann Murkowski (born May 22, 1957) is an American politician. ... Nouri Kamel Mohammed Hassan al-Maliki (Arabic: نوري كامل المالكي, transliterated Nūrī Kāmil al-Mālikī; born c. ...


Within days after the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge, Klobuchar introduced and succeeded in passing legislation to appropriate $250 million to Mn/DOT to quickly build a replacement bridge.[12] The I-35W Mississippi River bridge was an eight-lane, steel truss bridge that carried Interstate 35W across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT, pronounced min-dot) oversees transportation by land, water, and air in the U.S. state of Minnesota. ... The St. ...


As of August 2007, fifty eight percent of Minnesotans approve of the job she is doing, with 33% disapproving.[13]


In August 2007, Klobuchar was one of only 16 Democratic Senators and 41 Democratic House members to vote in favor of the controversial "Protect America Act", which was widely seen as eroding the civil liberty protections of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and posing difficult questions relative to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. [14] [15] Klobuchar's support for the bill became a source of criticism among Democratic supporters. [16] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of foreign intelligence information between or among foreign powers. FISA is codified in 50 U.S.C. §§1801-1811, 1821-29, 1841-46, and 1861-62. ... The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of foreign intelligence information between or among foreign powers. FISA is codified in 50 U.S.C. §§1801-1811, 1821-29, 1841-46, and 1861-62. ... The Bill of Rights in the National Archives. ...


Electoral history

Minnesota U.S. Senate Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Amy Klobuchar 1,278,849 58.1
Republican Mark Kennedy 835,653 37.9

Candidates Mark Kennedy, Amy Klobuchar and Robert Fitzgerald debate on Novemeber 5, 2006 The 2006 Minnesota U.S. Senate election took place on November 7, 2006. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Mark Raymond Kennedy (born April 11, 1957 in Benson, Minnesota), is an American politician. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c Senate Web site (2007). U.S. Senator for Minnesota Amy Klobuchar: Biography. Retrieved on 2007-02-23. and White, Deborah, About.com (undated). Inside Profile of Amy Klobuchar, US Senator from Minnesota. Retrieved on 2007-02-23.
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/klobuchar.htm
  3. ^ 1982 Yale Banner, p. 394.
  4. ^ Klobuchar, Amy (April 1986). Uncovering the Dome, reprint, Waveland Press. ISBN 0-8813321-86. 
  5. ^ The Fix — The Friday Line: Can Democrats Get to 6? Accessed October 2, 2006
  6. ^ Full list of poll results at Minnesota United States Senate election, 2006#Polling
  7. ^ Frommer, Frederic J.. "Ellison skips White House reception to attend AFL-CIO meeting", McClatchy Company, Nov. 14, 2006.  Retrieved on Nov. 16, 2006
  8. ^ Diaz, Kevin (2007-01-08). Minnesota delegation offers cool response. Star Tribune. Retrieved on 2007-01-09.
  9. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00181#position
  10. ^ http://klobuchar.senate.gov/newsreleases_detail.cfm?id=278644&
  11. ^ http://klobuchar.senate.gov/record.cfm?id=271041
  12. ^ "House panel approves bill to provide $250 million for bridge", examiner.com, 2007-8-2. Retrieved on 2007-08-02. 
  13. ^ Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #12485. SurveyUSA (2007-08-21). Retrieved on 2007-08-23.
  14. ^ John Dean (2007-08-10). The So-Called Protect America Act: Why Its Sweeping Amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Pose Not Only a Civil Liberties Threat, But a Greater Danger As Well. Retrieved on 2007-09-14.
  15. ^ Prof. Marty Lederman (2007-08-23). How Many Americans Might Be Under Surveillance?. Retrieved on 2007-09-14.
  16. ^ http://burnedoverdistrict.blogspot.com/2007/08/roll-of-shame.html

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Mark Dayton
Senator from Minnesota (Class 1)
2007 – present
Served alongside: Norm Coleman
Incumbent

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Amy Klobuchar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (731 words)
Amy Jean Klobuchar (born May 25, 1960 in Plymouth, Minnesota) is the county attorney of Hennepin County, Minnesota and the senator-elect in Minnesota (see 2006 Minnesota United States Senate election).
Klobuchar was president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association from November 2002 to November 2003.
Klobuchar gained the early endorsement of the majority of DFL state legislators in Minnesota during the primaries.
St. Paul Pioneer Press | 10/27/2006 | A life of achievement … and individuality (1194 words)
Amy Klobuchar was 21 and in college when she and her dad biked 1,100 miles, pedaling from Minneapolis to the Grand Tetons in 10 days.
Klobuchar, 46, is a Minnesota native with roots on the Iron Range and ancestry in Switzerland and Slovenia.
Klobuchar attributes her love of learning, as well as her humor, to her mother, Rose Klobuchar, an award-winning teacher who donned a butterfly costume with a sign "Mexico or Bust" whenever she taught second-graders about monarch butterflies.
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