Sen. Amy Klobuchar Biography, News,U.S. Senate, Midwesterner

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Biography

Sen. Amy Klobuchar She is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She was a corporate lawyer in Minneapolis until being elected county attorney for Hennepin County in 1998, making her responsible for all criminal prosecution in Minnesota’s most populous county.

She  was first elected to the Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota’s first elected female United States Senator, and was reelected in 2012 and 2018. In 2009 and 2010, she was described as a “rising star” in the Democratic Party.  She is considered to be a potential presidential candidate for 2020.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Age

Sen. Amy  Klobuchar was born as Amy Jean Klobuchar on 25 May 1960 in  Plymouth, Minnesota, United States.  She is  58 years old as of 2018.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth‎‎ of $2.35 Million

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Husband

She was married to John Bessler in  1993.  John Bessler, is a private practice attorney and a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law; a native of Mankato, Minnesota.   He went to Loyola High School and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. The couple has one child, a daughter.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Amy Klobuchar Midwesterner| Democratic presidential bid

February 10 at 7:21 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is officially running for president in 2020, joining a crowded and diverse field of Democratic candidates vying for the nomination. 

 Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota announced Sunday that she will run for president in 2020, putting a pragmatic Midwesterner touting a message of competence and mettle into the burgeoning field of Democratic candidates.

Klobuchar held her rally at a park on the banks of the Mississippi River, near the site of the 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge, in which 13 people were killed and scores were injured.

The bridge was quickly rebuilt in 2008, after politicians and officials, including the senator, came together to expedite the construction process. The intended takeaway of its role as the emotional heart of her speech: Klobuchar is someone who will get things done.

“That sense of community is fracturing across our nation right now, worn down by the petty and vicious nature of our politics. We are all tired of the shutdowns and the showdowns, the gridlock and the grandstanding,” Klobuchar said. “Our nation must be governed not from chaos but from opportunity. Not by wallowing over what’s wrong, but by marching inexorably toward what’s right. And it has to start with all of us.”

Presidential announcements are typically choreographed to the second, with all exigencies covered. In Klobuchar’s case, her entry into the race came at an outside event at which the bareheaded candidate, her introductory speakers and hundreds of supporters were pelted by relentless snow. She sought to use that, too, as defining her candidacy.

“We don’t let a little snow stop us! We don’t let a lot of cold stop us!” Klobuchar said as she started her speech.

Later, speaking to reporters, she noted that she made her announcement “in the middle of a blizzard, and I think we need people with grit. I have that grit.”

When a reporter asked if she was tough enough to take on President Trump, she replied: “I’d have loved to see him sitting out here in the snow for an hour giving this speech.”

Trump commented on Klobuchar’s announcement via Twitter:

“Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures,” he tweeted. “Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!”

In response, the senator tweeted: “Science is on my side, @realDonaldTrump. Looking forward to debating you about climate change (and many other issues). And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard?”

Klobuchar announces her 2020 presidential run.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced her intent to run for president in 2020 at a snowy rally in Minneapolis on Feb. 10. 

The sprawling field Klobuchar joined Sunday includes four Democratic senators — Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Cory Booker (N.J.). Other senators, including Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and the 2016 runner-up to the party’s nomination, Bernie Sanders (Vt.), are considering bids.

Klobuchar aimed to distinguish herself with a Midwestern earnestness, as she made clear in her speech.

“Today, on an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi, in our nation’s heartland, at a time when we must heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good, I stand before you as the granddaughter of an iron-ore miner, as the daughter of a teacher and a newspaperman, as the first woman elected to the United States Senate from the state of Minnesota, to announce my candidacy for president of the United States,” Klobuchar said.

She said she was running “for every worker, farmer, dreamer and builder.”

“I am running for every American,” she said. “I am running for you. I promise you this as your president: I will look you in the eye. I will tell you what I think. I will focus on getting things done. That’s what I’ve done my whole life. And no matter what, I’ll lead from the heart.”

That middle-American positioning came under threat last week as multiple news organizations published reports that quoted unnamed staff members as saying Klobuchar had been an exceptionally difficult boss.

She has the third-highest staff turnover rate in the Senate, with an annual turnover rate of 35 percent, according to data from 2001 to 2017 collected by LegiStorm, a nonpartisan congressional research company.

Asked about the reports after her speech, Klobuchar praised her staff for putting together the announcement event.

“Yes, I can be tough. And yes, I can push people. I know that,” she said. “But in the end, there are so many great stories of our staff that have been with me for years who have gone on to do incredible things. And I have, I’d say, high expectations for myself. I have high expectations for the people who work for me. And I have high expectations for this country. That’s what we need. We need someone who is focused on getting things done for our country.”

The 58-year-old former prosecutor has spent much of her career attempting to be a bipartisan coalition-builder, willing to appear on Fox News as well as MSNBC. She can point to election victories that illustrate an ability to win in liberal urban areas as well as conservative rural ones.

Klobuchar in 2006 became the first woman from Minnesota elected to the U.S. Senate, and has continued to win as that area of the country has become more Republican. She was easily reelected in 2012 and 2018, carrying conservative areas of the state that Trump won in 2016.

She can tout a record of productivity, with Medill News Service ranking her in 2016 as the senator who sponsored or co-sponsored the most bills that became law.

But she is relatively untested when it comes to raising the kind of money needed for a campaign, as well as appealing to minorities and winning over liberals. She has voted with Trump’s position nearly a third of the time, which is far more often than other Democratic senators running for president or considering a campaign, according to a tally maintained by FiveThirtyEight.

Klobuchar was born and raised in Minnesota. Her father, a sportswriter and columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, was an alcoholic, which put strains on the family that she recounted in her 2015 memoir, “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland.”

She discussed her family history when she questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh during his hearing before the Senate last year, asking him if he had ever blacked out after drinking.

“I don’t know. Have you?” he shot back, in an exchange that drew widespread attention and for which he later apologized.

Klobuchar was the valedictorian of her public high school, and earned a degree in political science from Yale University while spending a summer working as a construction worker, pounding stakes into the ground for the Minnesota Highway Department. She earned a law degree from the University of Chicago, and in 1998 was elected as attorney of Hennepin County, Minnesota’s most populous.

Her status as a neighbor to the first state to cast ballots in 2020 may be beneficial, as Klobuchar suggested in her speech Sunday. She spoke of the meandering Mississippi River, on whose bank she stood, and noted that further south it passed through Iowa — a state, she said, where Minnesotans “go south for the winter.”

“At least I do,” she said.

Adopted from www.washingtonpost.com

Sen. Amy Klobuchar News

Amy Klobuchar doesn’t think America is ready for Medicare-for-all and free college yet

The Green New Deal is among the policy proposals she’s deemed an “aspiration.”

Amy Klobuchar isn’t here to join the progressive food fight.

Klobuchar, a three-term Minnesota senator who recently announced her bid for the presidency, firmly cleared up where she stands on progressive policy priorities, including Medicare-for-all and free college, during a CNN town hall on Monday.

While she said she supports the intentions of several of these proposals, she doesn’t exactly think they’re plausible just yet.

“I think it is something that we can look to for the future, but I want to get action now,” she said when asked about Medicare-for-all. As she explained, she sees Medicare-for-all as a “possibility” down the line and thinks pursuing a “public option” could be a more immediate alternative. Klobuchar cited her support for a bill from Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) that would enable states to give all residents the ability to buy into Medicaid.

Unlike Medicare-for-all, which would guarantee government-run insurance coverage for all Americans, a public option would mean that the government — state governments, under the Schatz bill — offers its own alternative to private insurance.

Klobuchar also weighed in on Sen. Bernie Sanders’s popular free college idea.

“I am not for free four-year college for all, no,” Klobuchar said. “If I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would.” Instead, she pitched an expansion of Pell grants, free two-year community college, and streamlined refinancing programs.

“I think they are aspirations. I think we can get close. I don’t think we are going to get rid of entire industries in the US,” she said, when asked about the goals of the Green New Deal. “This is put out there, as an aspiration, in that it’s something that we need to move toward. Do I think we could cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’ in 10 years? Actually, I think that would be very difficult to do.”

Klobuchar said the actual legislation would include compromises and noted that her climate platform would center on bringing back Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and gas mileage standards.

As evidenced by her town hall answers, Klobuchar is setting herself up as a straight-talking moderate who doesn’t shy away from calling out the challenges that certain policy proposals could face.

Rather than duke it out with some of her fellow 2020 contenders in a contest over progressive bona fides, Klobuchar is leaning heavily into her centrist ones.

Klobuchar responds to allegations about how she treated her staff

The senator also addressed a question about her alleged treatment of staff. As multiple reports from HuffPost, BuzzFeed, and Yahoo News have detailed, former Klobuchar staffers describe a hostile work environment filled with belittling comments, unpredictable bursts of anger, and a vindictive focus on retaliation.

According to Yahoo’s Alexander Nazaryan, Klobuchar would “grow irate at staffers who find work elsewhere, calling their new employers to have the offers rescinded.”

Klobuchar pushed back against these critiques but offered little in the way of explanation beyond a self-described commitment to “high expectations” on Monday.

“Am I a tough boss sometimes? Yes. Have I pushed people too hard? Yes,” she said during the town hall, highlighting her experience managing hundreds of people as a partner in two law firms and as Hennepin County attorney in Minnesota. “I have kept expectations for myself that are very high. I’ve asked my staff to meet those same expectations, and the big point for me is I want the country to meet high expectations, because we don’t have that going now.”

Adopted from www.vox.com

Sen. Amy Klobuchar U.S. Senate

United States Senate Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary election in Minnesota, 2006

Party

Candidate

Votes

%

+%

DFL
Amy Klobuchar
294,671
92.51
DFL
Darryl Stanton
23,872
7.49
Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party from the previous election.
United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2006
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±
DFL
Amy Klobuchar
1,278,849
58.06%
9.23%
Republican
Mark Kennedy
835,653
37.94%
-5.35%
Independence
Robert Fitzgerald
71,194
3.23%
-2.58%
Green
Michael Cavlan
10,714
0.49%
n/a
Constitution
Ben Powers
5,408
0.25%
-0.12%
Write-ins
954
Majority
443,196
20.20%
Turnout
2,202,772
70.64%
DFL hold
Swing
United States Senate Democratic-Farmer-Labor Primary election in Minnesota, 2012
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
+%
DFL
Amy Klobuchar
183,766
90.80%
DFL
“Dick” Franson
6,837
3.38%
DFL
Jack Edward Shepard
6,632
3.28%
DFL
Darryl Stanton
5,155
2.55%
United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2012 [50]
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±
DFL
Amy Klobuchar (incumbent)
1,854,595
65.23
7.1
Republican
Kurt Bills
867,974
30.53
-7.3
Independence
Stephen Williams
73,539
2.59
-0.6
Grassroots
Tim Davis
30,531
1.07
N/A
Open Progressive
Michael Cavlan
13,986
0.49
N/A
Write-ins
2,582
Majority
986,621
34.6
14.4
Turnout
2,843,207
DFL hold
Swing
United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2018
Party
Candidate
Votes
%
±
DFL
Amy Klobuchar (incumbent)
1,566,174
60.30%
-4.93
Republican
Jim Newberger
940,437
36.20%
5.67
Independent
Dennis Schuller
66,236
2.60%
2.6
Green
Paula Overby
23,101
0.90%
0.9
Majority
625,737
24.10%
-10.5
Turnout
2,595,948
DFL hold
Swing

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