Monday, May 6, 2019

Amy Klobuchar "I’m running because we’re tired of divisive politics"

Official Senate photo via US Congress

Senator Amy Klobuchar was the first female from Minnesota to be elected into the Senate, and she now wants to be the first female president in 2020. She is a mom, an attorney, has a Juris doctrine in law, and passed more legislation than any other Senator in the 114th Congress. She is tough, believes in doing hard work, and that transparency and accountability are crucial in government. Amy has a unique and courageous way of handling her responsibilities in the Senate and watching her question witnesses, or job applicants are quite impressive.

Amy was born and raised in Minnesota, by her mother Rose, who was a 2nd-grade teacher and her father Jim, who was a sportswriter and she has one sister Beth. Amy had a decent upbringing by her mom, her father battled with alcoholism throughout her childhood which eventually lead to a divorce. Though her family struggled after the divorce, Amy managed to graduate valedictorian from Wayzata High School. She received her B.A. degree magna cum laude in political science in 1982 from Yale University, where she was a member of the Yale College Democrats, the Feminist Caucus, and the improv troupe Suddenly Susan. [2] In her spare time at Yale, she interned for Walter Mondale, the former Senator who is also from Minnesota. Amy then went to the University of Chicago Law School. This is where she received her Juris Doctrine and was also an associate editor of the university's Law Review. 

Senator Klobuchar returned to her home state where she practiced corporate law. She met her husband at a pool hall in Minnesota. John is also a native there, and they have one daughter Abigail. When Amy had her daughter, she was forced to leave the hospital 24 hours after giving birth. Abigail was born with the inability to swallow, amongst other things and was very sick for a long time. Amy couldn't believe the hospital would release a new mother and a very ill baby in such a short period. That experience led Klobuchar to appear before the Minnesota State Legislature advocating for a bill that would guarantee new mothers a 48-hour hospital stay. Minnesota passed the bill, and President Clinton later made the federal policy law. [2] This was her first act of getting legislation passed.

Amy Klobuchar was then elected Hennepin County Attorney in 1998 and reelected in 2002 unopposed. She was looked at as a favorite of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in 2005 and beat out her opponent and received the nomination. She has been winning ever since by large margins of votes. During her term in the Senate, Amy has sponsored or co-sponsored 27 bills which have become laws. She is known for being able to find common ground and work with everyone to achieve the goals of the Senate. Senator Klobuchar has also written two books and has received many awards and been a part of numerous organizations both work and charity related. 

Senator Klobuchar announced in February she wants to run for president. If you would like to learn more go to https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov



[1] https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Klobuchar

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