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Profile of Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

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Profile of Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

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Sen.Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota:

Amy Klobuchar was first elected in November 2006 as U.S. senator from Minnesota. Sen. Klobuchar won reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2012.

Klobuchar was previously the County Attorney of Hennepin County, which includes 25% of Minnesotans, where she earned a reputation as a tough, bright prosecutor. She also served as legal advisor to former Vice President Walter Mondale.

She cares most about concerns of the middle class, including jobs, public education and health, college tuition and opposes Social Security privatization.

Amy Klobuchar on the Issues:

Amy is a pro-choice liberal who fights for issues that affect the middle class: universal health care, college tuition affordability, funding for public education, and embryonic stem cell research. She opposes Social Security privatization.

She opposed the Iraq War, and believes the US must begin to withdraw its troops. She's an adamant opponent of CAFTA-style free trade agreements that cause US workers to lose jobs. She's called for penalties against oil company price-gouging.

Senate Committees in 112th Congress, 2011-2012:

  • Judiciary Committee
  • Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Committee
  • Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee
  • Joint Economic Committee

Amy Klobuchar, Attorney:

Klobuchar returned home after graduation to practice law, and work with former Vice President Walter Mondale. She became partner in 2 law firms before running in 1998 for Hennepin County Attorney.

She's given top marks as County Attorney, where she's secured over 300 homicide convictions, and effectively fought the gamut from gangs, sex offenders and drunk-driving to corporate monopolies and white collar crime.

She was named 2001 Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer.

Personal Data:

  • Birth - In May 1960 in Plymouth, Minnesota
  • Education - Public schools in Plymouth. Valedictorian of Wayzata High School. B.A., magna cum laude, Yale University. J.D., University of Chicago Law School, where she was Law Review associate editor.
  • Family - Married since 1993 to John Bessler. One middle school-aged daughter, Abigail.
  • Faith - Christian
After Abigail's birth, Amy waged a successful battle for state legislation mandating a 48-hour hospital stay for new moms and babies.

Attorney and Author John Bessler, Husband of Amy Klobuchar:

In 1993, Amy Klobuchar married attorney and author John Bessler, a University of Minnesota graduate and in 1991, of Indiana University Law School. Bessler is a law professor at University of Minnesota, and a partner with Minneapolis law firm Kelly & Berens.

He's a passionate opponent of the death penalty, and has performed pro bono work for death row inmates. Bessler has written 3 respected books decrying capital punishment. His father teaches biology at a Minnesota university.

The Klobuchar Family:

Amy's father, Jim Klobuchar, was a longtime sportswriter for the Minnesota Star Tribune. Her mother, Rose, retired at age 70 from her second grade teaching career. Amy says that her father is an "inspiration, especially in his ability to overcome the alcoholism which plagued him for many, many years."

Amy's paternal great-grandparents were Slovenian immigrants. Their son, her grandfather, worked in Minnesota iron ore mines to ensure her father would be the first Klobuchar to attend college.

Memorable Quotes by Amy Klobuchar:

Deterioriation of the American Middle Class

"What I see going on in Washington is just a deterioration of that American dream, a middle class crunch, where people in our state - they've got jobs, a lot of them - but they keep saying, 'What's going on? It's harder and harder for me to get by, it's harder for me to buy a house, it's harder for me to send my kids to college.'

Well, the numbers are there. Tuition at the University of Minnesota up 81 percent, healthcare costs up 3 ½ times the average wage. We are basically losing our middle class with these wrongheaded policies where we are having the wrong priorities, we are giving tax cuts to the wealthiest, giving loopholes to the big corporate special interests, and it's becoming harder and harder for people to get by."

-- MyDD liberal blog community, February 23, 2006

US Troop Withdrawal from Iraq

"I believe that we need to bring a significant number of our troops home. That’s the only that we send a clear message to the government of Iraq that we’re serious about this and that they need to start taking responsibility for their own country.

I am one who does not believe that we can bring all the troops home tomorrow. The situation is too precarious. But I believe we need to start this year, in the very near future, drawing down the troops..."

-- Minnesota Star Tribune, March 14, 2006

Culture of Corruption

"A study just came out two weeks ago that showed the Veterans Affairs, that agency - they negotiate prices with the drug companies - their prices are about 50 percent lower than they are for Medicare Part D. 50 percent lower. That's about $90 billion a year.

So what's the cost of the culture of corruption? Of people giving breaks to the oil companies and giving giveaways and Christmas presents to the drug companies and the insurance companies? The cost is $90 billion a year. There you go. Quantifiable."

-- MyDD liberal blog community, February 23, 2006

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