About Amy

A Minnesota Leader Who Makes a Difference


Amy Klobuchar‘s grandfather worked 1,500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who taught second grade until she was 70. Amy has always been guided by the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. 

Amy’s daughter, Abigail, was sick when she was born. Even though Abigail was in intensive care, because of insurance rules, Amy was discharged from the hospital after just 24-hours. Following that, Amy was the leading advocate for the successful passage of one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing 48-hour hospital stays for new moms and their babies. 

Amy then headed the largest prosecutor’s office in Minnesota for eight years. Her safe schools initiative, community prosecution efforts, and criminal justice reforms earned national awards from both the Bush and Clinton Justice Departments. 

In 2006, Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota’s history. At a time when not enough is getting done in Washington, because of gridlock and grandstanding and the grip big interests have on politicians, Amy has pushed through, put partisanship aside, and worked hard to get results for Minnesotans. 

Last year, Medill News Service reported that she ranked first in the Senate with the most bills she led or cosponsored enacted into law in the 114th Congress. The Washington Post has called her “talented and effective,” The New York Times describes her as a “former prosecutor with made-for-state-fair charms” and The Star Tribune noted that she is “focused like a laser on Minnesota's interests.”

Amy is taking on big interests to bring down everyday costs for families and protect consumers. She is leading the fight to allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper prescription drugs for seniors and to bring in safe, affordable drugs from Canada. She has successfully advocated to pull unsafe products off the shelves, including dangerous Takata airbags and faulty IKEA dressers. As Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, she has pushed back on big corporate mergers that would hurt consumers.

Nationally, she is a leading voice for middle class families in the middle of the country. She visits all 87 counties in Minnesota every year, and she stands up for rural America in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, she was part of the conference committee that reached an agreement with the House on a long-term Farm Bill in 2014. She has also led successful efforts to pass landmark bipartisan legislation to combat opioid addiction and sex trafficking.

Amy is helping workers get ready for 21st century jobs. She has passed several pieces of legislation to strengthen STEM education and apprenticeship programs. Two of her bills to make it easier for veterans to get jobs as paramedics and law enforcement officers were signed into law.

Amy fought to obtain full funding to rebuild the I-35W bridge, which was completed just 13 months after it tragically collapsed into the Mississippi River. She has helped pass the FAST Act, a major bipartisan transportation bill. And as a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, she is working to ensure that every home in Minnesota has a good broadband connection.

She also serves on the Joint Economic Committee, where she supports American businesses that invest and innovate in America. She has successfully advocated for the United States to crack down on illegal steel dumping and strengthen the Renewable Fuel Standard, bringing back jobs in the iron ore and steel industry and creating clean energy jobs in Minnesota. She has authored legislation to open trade relations with Cuba and help small businesses tap into new markets abroad. She has also led successful national initiatives to boost American tourism.

As Ranking Member on the Senate Rules Committee, Amy has been working to ensure our election systems are safeguarded from foreign interference, to get dark money out of politics, and to restore the right to vote. She is also working to reform Washington and help families cut through red tape. She has been a strong advocate for adoptive families and children, working closely with adoptive Minnesotan families to help them bring their children home. Her bill to reduce the time veterans have to wait to get the healthcare they deserve was signed into law. She has also helped ensure that National Guard members receive the full benefits they have earned.

She was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She is married to John Bessler, a native of Mankato who attended Loyola High School and the University of Minnesota. Amy and John have a daughter, Abigail.

To read more about Amy: 

Trips with dad: Weeklong 'Jaunts,' blown tires and Cheez Whiz
By Doug Smith, Star Tribune 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar quietly climbs Washington ranks
By Allison Sherry, Star Tribune 

'Meat and potatoes' approach feeds Klobuchar's Senate career
By Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune

Senate race: Amy Klobuchar has plans to solve 'big issues,' too
By Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press 

Amy Klobuchar: Poised and popular
By Steve Berg, Star Tribune 

Unstoppable Amy
By Brian Lambert, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine 

The Audacity of Minnesota: Senator Amy Klobuchar
By Lisa DePaulo, Elle Magazine
Chasing Amy
By Frank Bures, Minnesota Monthly