U.S. Senator, State of Minnesota
In 2006, Sen. Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent the state of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. Throughout her public service — both as chief prosecutor in the state's largest county and now as a U.S. senator — Klobuchar has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota.
Before being elected to public office, she was the leading advocate for successful passage of one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing 48-hour hospital stays for new moms and their babies.
At the national level, Klobuchar took the lead to pass the most significant consumer product safety legislation in a generation, keeping foreign toxic products off our shores and out of our stores, and helped push through a new law to protect children from unsafe swimming pools.
Klobuchar also authored a bipartisan law to establish national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting public health and ensuring an even playing field between domestic wood products and foreign imports. She was part of a group of senators who fought for the creation of a bipartisan commission to address our nation's looming debt crisis. And she helped pass the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate.
As vice chair of the Joint Economic Committee and a member of the President's Export Council as well as the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Klobuchar has been a leading voice in calling for an innovation agenda that can help grow our economy and create good jobs in America. She has authored legislation to help small businesses tap into new markets abroad, and she helped pass the Travel Promotion Act to help bring millions of additional visitors and billions of dollars to the U.S. each year.
Klobuchar graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.