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Amy Klobuchar
Amy Jean Klobuchar (/ˈkloʊbəʃɑːr/; born May 25, 1960) is an American lawyer and politician who is the senior United States Senator from Minnesota, elected

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Amy Klobuchar United States Senator
from Minnesota Incumbent Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Serving with Tina SmithPreceded by Mark DaytonRanking Member of the Senate Rules Committee Incumbent Assumed office
January 3, 2017Preceded by Chuck SchumerCounty Attorney of Hennepin County In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2007Preceded by Michael FreemanSucceeded by Michael Freeman Personal detailsBorn Amy Jean Klobuchar
(1960-05-25) May 25, 1960 (age 58)
Plymouth, Minnesota, U.S.Political party DemocraticSpouse(s) John Bessler (m. 1993)Children 1 daughterEducation Yale University (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)Website Senate website

Amy Jean Klobuchar (/ˈkloʊbəʃɑːr/; born May 25, 1960) is an American lawyer and politician who is the senior United States Senator from Minnesota, elected in 2006. A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota's affiliate of the Democratic Party, she was previously Hennepin County District Attorney.

Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Yale University and 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.

Klobuchar was first elected to the Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota's first female United States Senator, and was reelected in 2012 in a landslide. She has been described as a "rising star" in the Democratic Party[1][2] and mentioned as a possible candidate for President of the United States.[3]

  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 U.S. Senate
    • 3.1 Elections
    • 3.2 Tenure
      • 3.2.1 Committee assignments
    • 3.3 Caucus memberships
    • 3.4 Role in the Democratic Party
  • 4 Electoral history
    • 4.1 Hennepin County Attorney
    • 4.2 U.S. Senate
  • 5 Political positions
    • 5.1 Government surveillance
    • 5.2 Cyber bullying
    • 5.3 Food policy
    • 5.4 Foreign policy
    • 5.5 Healthcare policy
    • 5.6 Human trafficking
    • 5.7 Gun law
    • 5.8 Crime control
    • 5.9 Trade
    • 5.10 Recreation advocacy
    • 5.11 Cannabis
  • 6 Personal life
    • 6.1 Awards and honors
  • 7 See also
  • 8 Footnotes
  • 9 External links
Early life and education

Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar is the daughter of Rose Katherine (née Heuberger), who retired at age 70 from teaching second grade,[4] and James John "Jim" Klobuchar, an author and a retired sportswriter and columnist for the Star Tribune.[5] Amy has one younger sister.[6] Jim's grandparents were Slovene immigrants, and his father was a miner on the Iron Range; Amy's maternal grandparents were from Switzerland.[7] During her upbringing, her dad was an alcoholic who frequently missed family gatherings, spent much time away due to his drinking, and on numerous occasions got in trouble with the law for DUI. Her parents divorced when Amy was 15 and in high school. Klobuchar's father initiated the divorce, calling himself another "middle-aged man with wanderlust." The divorce took a serious toll on the family, eventually causing Klobuchar's sister to drop out of high school, leave home early, and struggle with personal issues for a while. Klobuchar's relationship with her father did not fully recover until the 1990s, when he quit drinking.[8] Klobuchar's parents reconciled a few years after the divorce and remained best friends, and her father eventually regretted the impact the divorce had on the family.[9]

Klobuchar attended public schools in Plymouth and was valedictorian at Wayzata High School.[10][11] She received her B.A. degree magna cum laude in political science from Yale University in 1982, where she was a member of the Yale College Democrats, the Feminist Caucus, and member of the improv troupe Suddenly Susan.[12] During her time at Yale, Klobuchar spent time as an intern for Senator Walter Mondale.[6] Her senior thesis was Uncovering the Dome,[13] a 150-page history of the ten years of politics surrounding the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. After Yale, Klobuchar enrolled at the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an associate editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and received her Juris Doctor degree in 1985.


After law school, Klobuchar worked as a corporate lawyer.[6] Besides working as a prosecutor, Klobuchar was a partner at the Minnesota law firms Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty before seeking public office.[14][15] Her first foray into politics came after she gave birth and was forced to leave the hospital 24 hours later, a situation exacerbated by the fact that Klobuchar's daughter was born with a condition where she could not swallow. 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 policy federal law.[6]

Klobuchar was elected Hennepin County attorney in 1998, and reelected in 2002 with no opposition.[16][6] In 2001 Minnesota Lawyer named her "Attorney of the Year".[17] Klobuchar was President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association from November 2002 to November 2003.[18]

U.S. Senate Elections
Main article: United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2006

In early 2005 Mark Dayton announced that he would not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate, and Klobuchar was recognized early as a favorite for the DFL nomination for the 2006 election. EMILY's List endorsed Klobuchar on September 29, 2005, and Klobuchar won the DFL endorsement on June 9, 2006. She gained the support of the majority of DFL state legislators in Minnesota during the primaries. A poll taken of DFL state delegates showed Klobuchar beating her then closest opponent, Patty Wetterling, 66% to 15%. In January, Wetterling dropped out of the race and endorsed Klobuchar. Former Senate candidate and prominent lawyer Mike Ciresi, who was widely seen as a serious potential DFL candidate, indicated in early February that he would not enter the race; that was viewed as an important boost for Klobuchar.[19]

In the general election, Klobuchar faced Republican candidate Mark Kennedy, Independence Party candidate Robert Fitzgerald, Constitution candidate Ben Powers, and Green Party candidate Michael Cavlan. Klobuchar consistently led in the polls throughout the campaign, and won with 58% of the vote to Kennedy's 38% and Fitzgerald's 3%, carrying all but eight of Minnesota's 87 counties. She is the first woman to be elected U.S. Senator from Minnesota. (Muriel Humphrey, the state's first female senator and former Second Lady of the United States, was appointed to fill her husband's unexpired term and not elected.)

Amy Klobuchar's father, Jim, and supporters campaigning for Klobuchar as U.S. Senator, Tower, Minnesota, July 4, 2012
Main article: United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2012

Klobuchar faced State Representative Kurt Bills and won a second term in the U.S. Senate. She won convincingly, with 65.2% of the votes to Bills's 30.6%.[20]

Tenure Female senators of the 110th Congress

From January to July 2009, Klobuchar was the only senator from Minnesota, during the resolution of the disputed 2008 Senate election.

As of September 2009, 58% of Minnesotans approved of the job she was doing, with 36% disapproving.[21] On March 12, 2010, Rasmussen Reports indicated 67% of Minnesotans approved of the job she was doing. The Winona Daily News described her as a "rare politician who works across the aisle." Walter Mondale said, "She has done better in that miserable Senate than most people there."[22]

On March 30, 2008, Klobuchar announced her endorsement of Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primary, promising her unpledged superdelegate vote for him.[23] She cited Obama's performance in the Minnesota caucuses, where he won with 66% of the popular vote, as well as her own "independent judgment." In 2016 she was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton's second campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.[24]

At the end of the 114th Congress in late 2016, Klobuchar was noted to have passed more legislation than any other senator.[25] In February 2017, she called for an independent, bipartisan commission like the 9/11 Commission to investigate ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration. Concern about Trump's ties to Russia increased following reports that Trump's campaign officials had repeated contact with senior Russian intelligence officials before the 2016 United States elections.[26][27] Klobuchar had already signaled her interest in U.S.-Russia relations in December 2016 when she joined Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on a trip to the Baltic states and Ukraine.[28] She maintained high approval ratings throughout 2017, with the Star Tribune's Minnesota Poll announcing in April 2017 that her approval rating was 72%.[29] In October 2017, Morning Consult listed Klobuchar in the Top 10 of their list of senators with the highest approval rating, and a poll from KSTP-TV in November 2017 showed her approval rating at 56% in comparison to low ratings for Al Franken after he faced allegations of sexual misconduct.[30][31]

Committee assignments

For the 115th Congress, Klobuchar is assigned to the following committees:[32]

  • Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
    • Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Actions
  • Joint Economic Committee
  • Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Tourism, Competitiveness, and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources
    • Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
  • Committee on Rules and Administration (Ranking Member, 115th Congress)[33]
  • Joint Committee on Printing
  • Joint Committee on Library
Caucus memberships
  • Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus[34]
Role in the Democratic Party

In September 2014, when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his intention to step down, Klobuchar was seen as a potential candidate for the next U.S. Attorney General.[35]

She has been named by The New York Times and The New Yorker as one of the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States,[36][37] and by MSNBC and The New Yorker as a possible nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.[38][39]

In 2017, Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders represented the Democratic Party in a televised debate on healthcare policy and the possible repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act on CNN.[40]

Electoral history Hennepin County Attorney Hennepin County Attorney election, 1998[41] Party Candidate Votes % ± Nonpartisan Amy Klobuchar 223,416 50.3 Nonpartisan Sheryl Ramstad Hvass 219,676 49.4 Hennepin County Attorney election, 2002[42] Party Candidate Votes % ± Nonpartisan Amy Klobuchar 380,632 98.7 Write-in 4,829 1.3 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 20.2% 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 [43] 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 Political positions

As a Democrat, Klobuchar's political positions have generally been in line with modern American liberalism. She is pro-choice regarding abortion, supports LGBT rights, favors federal social services such as universal health care, and was critical of the Iraq War.

At the end of the 114th Congress in late 2016, according to GovTrack, Klobuchar passed more legislation than any other Senator.[25] According to Congress.gov, as of January 24, 2018, she has sponsored or co-sponsored 98 pieces of legislation that have become laws.[44]

Government surveillance

In August 2007, Klobuchar was one of only 16 Democratic senators and 41 Democratic house members to vote for the Protect America Act of 2007, which was seen by many as eroding the civil liberty protections of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and posing difficult questions relative to the Fourth Amendment.[45][46] Klobuchar did, however, vote against granting legal immunity to telecom corporations that cooperated with the NSA warrantless surveillance program.[47]

Klobuchar voted in favor of the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2008, which included a provision to ban the use of waterboarding by the United States.[48]

During the hearing of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Klobuchar sparred with Senator Tom Coburn when he questioned the nominee about his perception that Americans were "losing freedom." Klobuchar argued that the "free society" Coburn favored was one in which women were underrepresented in government, including no representation on the Supreme Court or the Senate Judiciary Committee.[49]

Cyber bullying

Klobouchar was one of 14 co-sponsors, led by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn,[50] of the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017. The law added additional online protections aimed at children to those provided by the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008[51][52] (which had 60 cosponsors, including Klobuchar, and was sponsored by Joe Biden).[53] She also co-sponsored the KIDS Act of 2008, which adds protections against online sexual predators who target children,[54] alongside 20 other senators led by Chuck Schumer.[55]

Food policy

When the Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010 raised the possibility that pizza would be eliminated from schools, threatening the $3 billion-dollar Schwan Company of Minnesota, Klobuchar petitioned the USDA to protect frozen pizzas in school lunches. This resulted in the sauce used in pizzas being counted as a serving of vegetables.[56][57]

Foreign policy

In March 2007, Klobuchar went on an official trip to Iraq with Senate colleagues Sheldon Whitehouse, John E. Sununu, and Lisa Murkowski. She noted that U.S. troops were completing their job and working arduously to train the Iraqis.[58]

Klobuchar opposed President George W. Bush's plan to increase troop levels in Iraq in January 2007.[59] In May 2007, after Bush vetoed a bill (which Klobuchar voted for) that would fund the troops but impose time limits on the Iraq War, and supporters failed to garner enough congressional votes to override his veto, Klobuchar voted for additional funding for Iraq without such time limits,[60] saying she "simply could not stomach the idea of using our soldiers as bargaining chips".[61]

In 2011, Klobuchar supported American military action in Libya.[62]

Healthcare policy

Klobuchar voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009[63] and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[64] In December 2012, she advocated to "repeal or reduce" the tax on medical devices included in the Affordable Care Act, as it would be harmful to businesses in her state.[65] Despite this, on September 30, 2013, Klobuchar voted to remove a provision that would repeal the medical device tax from a government funding bill in opposition to the provision being used as a condition in keeping the government open.[66][67] In January 2015, Klobuchar was one of 17 senators to co-sponsor S. 149, a bill to retroactively repeal the device excise tax.[68] She has said that the medical device tax threatens jobs, although her statements have been questioned by investigative journalists.[69][70] Medtronic spent more than any other medical device company to lobby against the device tax in 2014, with Klobuchar as one of Medtronic's top recipients of political action committee (PAC) donations.[71]

Human trafficking

Klobuchar has sponsored and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation aimed at stopping human trafficking that have become law, including the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act;[72] the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act;[73] S.2974 (which funded the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline);[74] and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.[44][75]

Gun law

Klobuchar has a "F" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) for supporting gun control legislation.[76]

In the wake of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Klobuchar participated in the Chris Murphy gun control filibuster.[77]

Crime control

According to her Senate website, while serving as Attorney of Hennepin County, Klobuchar was "a leading advocate for successful passage of Minnesota's first felony DWI law."[78] She also focused on the prosecution of violent and career criminals while serving as County Attorney.[78]

Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State Attorney General, praised Klobuchar's efforts for legislation against phone theft.[79] In 2017 she took over sponsorship from Al Franken of a bill to provide grants for law enforcement personnel to receive training in how to question survivors of sexual assault and other trauma, after Franken was accused of sexual misconduct.[80]

In 2011, Klobuchar introduced S.978, the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, a bill that would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted material for the purpose of "commercial advantage or personal financial gain" a felony under US copyright law. Backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and praised by industry groups, the legislation has been enormously unpopular among critics who believe it would apply to those who stream or post videos of copyrighted content on public sites such as YouTube.[81][82]


Klobuchar opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership "because she concerns about whether the proposed legislation strong enough for American workers."[83]

Recreation advocacy

Klobuchar has been an active supporter of outdoor recreation legislation, including the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). When the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed MAP-21, trail interests and state park officials warned that the new policy could effectively end the program by relegating recreational trail projects to competition for funding among a broad category of authorized non-highway projects.[84] Klobuchar led efforts to alter the proposal, working closely with recreation interests to develop a floor amendment that would reauthorize the RTP program unchanged. Although she faced bipartisan leadership in support of the committee's proposal, Klobuchar managed to secure acceptance of her new language by the legislation's floor manager, and she won strong bipartisan support for her amendment. The result was Senate passage in early 2012 of new surface transportation legislation, which continued RTP with $85 million in guaranteed annual funds and no significant change in its operations.[84]

As chair of the Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, she played a key role in the 2010 passage of the Travel Promotion Act and the creation of Brand USA,[85] an advertising effort to recover the traditional U.S. share of the international tourism market that will highlight national parks and their natural treasures. With Klobuchar's active support, the program has been granted $100 million per annum in matching federal funding, is widely expected to bring millions of additional visitors and billions of dollars to the U.S. and its parks each year, and has become the focus of a major White House initiative.[86]

On June 6, 2012, Klobuchar received the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award at a special Great Outdoors Week celebration presented by the American Recreation Coalition.[87] [88] The award, created in 1989 to honor the lifelong efforts of Sheldon Coleman, is presented to individuals whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to enhancing outdoor experiences across America. The winner is selected by a panel of 100 national recreation community leaders, ranging from corporate executives to key federal and state officials and nonprofit organization community leaders.[89] Klobuchar is the fifth woman, and the first woman serving in Congress, to receive the honor.[90]


Klobuchar has cosponsored the bipartisan STATES Act proposed in the 115th U.S. Congress by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner that would exempt individuals or corporations in compliance with state cannabis laws from federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.[91]

Personal life

Klobuchar's husband, John Bessler, is a private practice attorney and a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law; a native of Mankato, Minnesota, Bessler attended Loyola High School and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Klobuchar and Bessler were married in 1993. They have one child, a daughter.[6]

Klobuchar has written two books. In 1986 she published Uncovering the Dome, a case study of the 10-year political struggle behind the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.[92] In 2015 she published an autobiography, The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland.[93]

Awards and honors

Klobuchar has received numerous awards throughout her career. As Hennepin County Attorney, she was named by Minnesota Lawyer in 2001 as "Attorney of the Year"[17] and received a leadership award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for advocating for successful passage of Minnesota's first felony DWI law.[94] Working Mother named her as a 2008 "Best in Congress" for her efforts on behalf of working families and The American Prospect named her a "woman to watch."[94]

In 2012, Klobuchar received the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award at a special Great Outdoors Week celebration presented by the American Recreation Coalition.[87] She was one of the recipients of the Agricultural Retailers Association's 2012 Legislator of the Year Award alongside Republican Representative John Mica.[95] In 2013, Klobuchar received an award for her leadership in the fight to prevent sexual assault in the military at a national summit hosted by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN).[96] That same year, Klobuchar was named recipient of 2013 Friend of CACFP award for her leadership in the passage of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids act and her efforts to set new nutrition standards for all meals served in the CACFP by the National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Sponsors Association.[97] Klobuchar was named alongside Sen. Al Franken as the recipients of the 2014 Friends of Farm Bureau Award by the Minnesota branch of the American Farm Bureau Federation.[98] She received the American Bar Association's Congressional Justice Award in 2015 for her efforts to protect vulnerable populations from violence, exploitation, and assault and to eliminate discrimination in the workplace.[99] Also in 2015, Klobuchar was honored by the National Consumers League with the Trumpeter Award for her work "on regulation to strengthen consumer product safety legislation, on ensuring a fair and competitive marketplace, and increasing accessibility to communications, specifically in the wireless space."[100] In 2016 she received the Goodwill Policymaker Award from Goodwill Industries for her commitment to the nonprofit sector and leading the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act.[101] She was named the recipient of the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers in 2017.[102] Also in 2017, Klobuchar was chosen as the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center at Iowa State University.[103] Ms. Klobuchar has not indicated any religious preference at this time.

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Michael Freeman County Attorney of Hennepin County
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Michael Freeman Party political offices Preceded by
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Mark Begich Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee
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Mark Dayton U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Minnesota
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Chuck Schumer Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee
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Minnesota's current delegation to the United States CongressSenators
  • Amy Klobuchar (DFL)
  • Tina Smith (DFL)
(ordered by district)
  • Tim Walz (DFL)
  • Jason Lewis (R)
  • Erik Paulsen (R)
  • Betty McCollum (DFL)
  • Keith Ellison (DFL)
  • Tom Emmer (R)
  • Collin Peterson (DFL)
  • Rick Nolan (DFL)
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Current leadership of the United States SenatePresident: Mike Pence (R)
President pro tempore: Orrin Hatch (R)Majority (Republican)Minority (Democratic)
  • Mitch McConnell (Leader)
  • John Cornyn (Whip)
  • John Thune (Conference Chair)
  • John Barrasso (Policy Committee Chair)
  • Roy Blunt (Conference Vice Chair)
  • Cory Gardner (Campaign Committee Chair)
  • Mike Lee (Steering Committee Chair)
  • Mike Crapo (Chief Deputy Whip)
  • Chuck Schumer (Leader and Caucus Chair)
  • Dick Durbin (Whip)
  • Patty Murray (Assistant Leader)
  • Debbie Stabenow (Policy Committee Chair)
  • Mark Warner and Elizabeth Warren (Caucus Vice Chair)
  • Amy Klobuchar (Steering Committee Chair)
  • Bernie Sanders (Outreach Committee Chair)
  • Joe Manchin (Policy Committee Vice Chair)
  • Tammy Baldwin (Caucus Secretary)
  • Chris Van Hollen (Campaign Committee Chair)
  • Jeff Merkley (Chief Deputy Whip)
  • Patrick Leahy (Senate President pro tempore emeritus)
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Current chairs and Ranking Members of United States Senate committeesChairs (Republican)Ranking Members (Democratic)
  • Aging (Special): Susan Collins
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry: Pat Roberts
  • Appropriations: Richard Shelby
  • Armed Services: Jim Inhofe
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Mike Crapo
  • Budget: Mike Enzi
  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation: John Thune
  • Energy and Natural Resources: Lisa Murkowski
  • Environment and Public Works: John Barrasso
  • Ethics (Select): Johnny Isakson
  • Finance: Orrin Hatch
  • Foreign Relations: Bob Corker
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Lamar Alexander
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ron Johnson
  • Indian Affairs: John Hoeven
  • Intelligence (Select): Richard Burr
  • International Narcotics Control (Caucus): Chuck Grassley
  • Judiciary: Chuck Grassley
  • Rules and Administration: Roy Blunt
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Jim Risch
  • Veterans' Affairs: Johnny Isakson
  • Aging (Special): Bob Casey
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry: Debbie Stabenow
  • Appropriations: Patrick Leahy
  • Armed Services: Jack Reed
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Sherrod Brown
  • Budget: Bernie Sanders
  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Bill Nelson
  • Energy and Natural Resources: Maria Cantwell
  • Environment and Public Works: Tom Carper
  • Ethics (Select): Chris Coons
  • Finance: Ron Wyden
  • Foreign Relations: Bob Menendez
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Patty Murray
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Claire McCaskill
  • Indian Affairs: Tom Udall
  • Intelligence (Select): Mark Warner
  • International Narcotics Control (Caucus): Dianne Feinstein
  • Judiciary: Dianne Feinstein
  • Rules and Administration: Amy Klobuchar
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Jeanne Shaheen
  • Veterans' Affairs: Jon Tester
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Current statewide elected officials and legislative leaders of MinnesotaU.S. Senators
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Tina Smith
State government
  • Mark Dayton, Governor
  • Michelle Fischbach, Lieutenant Governor
  • Steve Simon, Secretary of State
  • Rebecca Otto, State Auditor
  • Lori Swanson, Attorney General
  • Vacant, President
  • Paul Gazelka, Majority Leader
  • Tom Bakk, Minority Leader
House of Representatives
  • Kurt Daudt, Speaker
  • Vacant, Majority Leader
  • Melissa Hortman, Minority Leader
Supreme Court
  • Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Chief Justice
  • Barry Anderson
  • David Lillehaug
  • Natalie Hudson
  • Margaret Chutich
  • Anne McKeig
  • Paul Thissen, Associate Justices
Court of Appeals
  • Edward Cleary, Chief Judge
  • Randolph Peterson
  • Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks
  • Renee Worke
  • Kevin Ross
  • Matthew Johnson
  • Heidi Schellhas
  • Francis Connolly
  • Michelle Ann Larkin
  • Louise Dovre Bjorkman
  • John Rodenberg
  • Carol Hooten
  • Michael Kirk
  • Denise Reilly
  • Peter Reyes
  • Lucinda Jesson
  • Tracy Smith
  • Diane Bratvold
  • James Florey
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Current United States SenatorsPresident: Pence (R) — President Pro Tempore: Hatch (R)    AL:    Shelby (R)    Jones (D) AK:    Murkowski (R)    Sullivan (R) AZ:    Flake (R)    Kyl (R) AR:    Boozman (R)    Cotton (R) CA:    Feinstein (D)    Harris (D) CO:    Bennet (D)    Gardner (R) CT:    Blumenthal (D)    Murphy (D) DE:    Carper (D)    Coons (D) FL:    Nelson (D)    Rubio (R) GA:    Isakson (R)    Perdue (R) HI:    Schatz (D)    Hirono (D) ID:    Crapo (R)    Risch (R) IL:    Durbin (D)    Duckworth (D) IN:    Donnelly (D)    Young (R) IA:    Grassley (R)    Ernst (R) KS:    Roberts (R)    Moran (R) KY:    McConnell (R)    Paul (R) LA:    Cassidy (R)    Kennedy (R) ME:    Collins (R)    King (I) MD:    Cardin (D)    Van Hollen (D) MA:    Warren (D)    Markey (D) MI:    Stabenow (D)    Peters (D) MN:    Klobuchar (D)    Smith (D) MS:    Wicker (R)    Hyde-Smith (R) MO:    McCaskill (D)    Blunt (R) MT:    Tester (D)    Daines (R) NE:    Fischer (R)    Sasse (R) NV:    Heller (R)    Cortez Masto (D) NH:    Shaheen (D)    Hassan (D) NJ:    Menendez (D)    Booker (D) NM:    Udall (D)    Heinrich (D) NY:    Schumer (D)    Gillibrand (D) NC:    Burr (R)    Tillis (R) ND:    Hoeven (R)    Heitkamp (D) OH:    Brown (D)    Portman (R) OK:    Inhofe (R)    Lankford (R) OR:    Wyden (D)    Merkley (D) PA:    Casey (D)    Toomey (R) RI:    Reed (D)    Whitehouse (D) SC:    Graham (R)    Scott (R) SD:    Thune (R)    Rounds (R) TN:    Alexander (R)    Corker (R) TX:    Cornyn (R)    Cruz (R) UT:    Hatch (R)    Lee (R) VT:    Leahy (D)    Sanders (I) VA:    Warner (D)    Kaine (D) WA:    Murray (D)    Cantwell (D) WV:    Manchin (D)    Moore Capito (R) WI:    Johnson (R)    Baldwin (D) WY:    Enzi (R)    Barrasso (R)
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Chairs and Ranking Members of United States Joint Congressional committeesChairsRanking MembersVice ChairsVice Ranking Members
  • Budget/Appropriations Reform: Steve Womack (R-Houe)
  • Economic: Erik Paulsen (R-House)
  • Library: Gregg Harper (R-House)
  • Pensions: Orrin Hatch (R-Sen)
  • Printing: Roy Blunt (R-Sen)
  • Security and Cooperation (Caucus): Roger Wicker (R-Sen)
  • Taxation: Orrin Hatch (R-Sen)
  • Budget/Appropriations Reform: Nita Lowey (D-House)
  • Economic: Martin Heinrich (D-Sen)
  • Library: Amy Klobuchar (D-Sen)
  • Pensions: Sherrod Brown (D-Sen)
  • Printing: Bob Brady (D-House)
  • Security and Cooperation (Caucus): Alcee Hastings (D-House)
  • Taxation: Rich Neal (D-House)
  • Budget/Appropriations Reform: Roy Blunt (R-Sen)
  • Economic: Mike Lee (R-Sen)
  • Library: Roy Blunt (R-Sen)
  • Pensions: Virginia Foxx (R-House)
  • Printing: Rodney Davis (R-House)
  • Security and Cooperation (Caucus): Chris Smith (R-House)
  • Taxation: Kevin Brady (R-House)
  • Budget/Appropriations Reform: Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Sen)
  • Economic: Carolyn Maloney (D-House)
  • Library: Bob Brady (D-House)
  • Pensions: Rich Neal (D-House)
  • Printing: Amy Klobuchar (D-Sen)
  • Security and Cooperation (Caucus): Ben Cardin (D-Sen)
  • Taxation: Ron Wyden (D-Sen)
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Minnesota's delegation(s) to the 110th–115th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority) 110th Senate: N. Coleman • A. Klobuchar House: J. Oberstar • J. Ramstad • C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • M. Bachmann 111th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: J. Oberstar • C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • M. Bachmann • E. Paulsen 112th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • M. Bachmann • E. Paulsen • C. Cravaack 113th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • M. Bachmann • E. Paulsen • R. Nolan 114th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • E. Paulsen • R. Nolan • T. Emmer 115th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken (until Jan. 2018) • T. Smith (from Jan. 2018) House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • T. Walz • K. Ellison • E. Paulsen • R. Nolan • T. Emmer • J. Lewis Authority control
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