The values Amy Klobuchar learned growing up in Minnesota have guided her every step in her political career. Her grandfather worked 1,500 feet underground in the state’s northern iron ore mines. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who taught second grade until she was 70.
Amy’s daughter, Abigail, was sick when she was born. Even though Abigail was in intensive care, because of insurance rules, the hospital discharged Amy after just 24 hours. She took that experience and became 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 served as the Hennepin County attorney for eight years and in 2006 became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota’s history. In the Senate, she has worked hard to get things done. A recent study from Vanderbilt University ranked Amy as the most effective democratic senator in the last Congress. Medill News Service also reported that she ranked first in the Senate with the most bills led or cosponsored enacted into law in the 114th Congress.