Amy Klobuchar, US Senator from Minnesota, was first elected to the US Senate in 2006 and was reelected in 2012 and 2018 . Klobuchar announced her run for President on February 10, 2019. (For debate info, visit our home page.)
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Birthplace: 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, 1995
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)
Campaign website: https://amyklobuchar.com/
- From 1985 to 1993, Klobuchar was an attorney, and later a partner at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney and from 1993 to 1993, a partner at the law firm Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, both firms in Minneapolis.
- Elected to two terms as Hennepin County District Attorney, starting in 1998.
- In 2006 Klobuchar becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate from Minnesota. She won reelection in 2012 and 2018.
- 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.
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