Amy Klobuchar

Current Position: US Senator since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): ennepin County Attorney from 1999 – 2007

Other Positions:  
Chair, Judiciary Committee
Chair, Rules and Administration Committee
Chair, Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Featured Quote: 
When high school kids in northern Minnesota are doing their bio quizzes in liquor store parking lots because we don’t have high speed broadband statewide, you know it is time to pass a federal infrastructure bill. Like, now!

Featured Video: 
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Holding Voting Rights Town Hall With Stacey Abrams in Georgia | The View

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Klobuchar calls for eliminating Senate filibuster to protect abortion rights
CNN, Chandelis DusterSeptember 5, 2021 (Medium)
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar called for immediate action from Democrats in the wake of the US Supreme Court allowing Texas’ restrictive abortion law to stand and said the filibuster should be abolished in order to codify abortion rights protections.
“Now and over the next years, we just will get nowhere if we keep this filibuster in place,” the Minnesota Democrat, who has previously come out against ending the filibuster to address issues like voting rights and climate change, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday.
“I do not believe an archaic rule should be used to allow us to put our heads in the sand — to use Justice (Sonia) Sotomayor’s words — to put our heads in the sand and not take action on the important issues,” Klobuchar said, calling the Texas law and the Supreme Court’s response “an assault on women’s health.”

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Current Position: US Senator since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): ennepin County Attorney from 1999 – 2007

Other Positions:  
Chair, Judiciary Committee
Chair, Rules and Administration Committee
Chair, Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Featured Quote: 
When high school kids in northern Minnesota are doing their bio quizzes in liquor store parking lots because we don’t have high speed broadband statewide, you know it is time to pass a federal infrastructure bill. Like, now!

Featured Video: 
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Holding Voting Rights Town Hall With Stacey Abrams in Georgia | The View

Source: Government page

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Klobuchar calls for eliminating Senate filibuster to protect abortion rights
CNN, Chandelis DusterSeptember 5, 2021 (Medium)
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar called for immediate action from Democrats in the wake of the US Supreme Court allowing Texas’ restrictive abortion law to stand and said the filibuster should be abolished in order to codify abortion rights protections.
“Now and over the next years, we just will get nowhere if we keep this filibuster in place,” the Minnesota Democrat, who has previously come out against ending the filibuster to address issues like voting rights and climate change, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday.
“I do not believe an archaic rule should be used to allow us to put our heads in the sand — to use Justice (Sonia) Sotomayor’s words — to put our heads in the sand and not take action on the important issues,” Klobuchar said, calling the Texas law and the Supreme Court’s response “an assault on women’s health.”

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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service, Senator Klobuchar has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman, and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who continued teaching until she was 70.

Senator Klobuchar has always understood that her first duty is to represent the people of Minnesota. She acted quickly to obtain full funding to rebuild the I-35W bridge just thirteen months after it tragically collapsed into the Mississippi River. She worked across party lines to expand education and job opportunities for returning service members, fought to ensure that Minnesota National Guard members received the full benefits they earned, and helped turn Minnesota’s ground-breaking “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” program into a national model. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Klobuchar worked to pass several bipartisan Farm Bills to strengthen Minnesota’s rural economy and give farmers the certainty and support they need.

As a member of the Joint Economic Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Klobuchar has been a leader in working to implement a competitive agenda to ensure businesses have the tools they need to grow and create good jobs in their communities and support them during the pandemic. She has authored legislation to lift the trade embargo with Cuba as well as legislation to help small businesses tap into new markets abroad and foster the creation and growth of new businesses across the country. She has successfully advocated to take action to combat illegal steel dumping. As co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, Senator Klobuchar has been a leading advocate working to connect every American to high speed internet once and for all. She has also passed significant legislation aimed at boosting funds for STEM education and led national initiatives to boost American tourism, including a long-term reauthorization of Brand USA, which helps attract international travelers to destinations throughout the United States.

Senator Klobuchar also serves as the Chairwoman on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, where she has worked to reinvigorate America’s antitrust laws and restore competition to American markets. In this capacity, she introduced legislation to give federal enforcers the resources they need to do their jobs, strengthen prohibitions on anticompetitive conduct and mergers, and make additional reforms to improve enforcement. As The Washington Post recently noted, “The moderate but meaningful proposals provide a launchpad for cross-aisle cooperation, a goal of much of the senator’s legislative handiwork.” She has also introduced bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices by cracking down on “pay-for-delay” agreements, the practice of brand-name drug manufacturers using pay-off agreements to keep more affordable generic equivalents off the market.

Senator Klobuchar is also the Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, where she has worked to ensure fairness, transparency, and efficiency in government. During a Joint Session of Congress to receive each state’s electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election, she led the defense of challenges to Arizona’s and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes, working with a bipartisan group of her colleagues to stand up for our democracy.

As a leader on election legislation, along with then Rules Committee Chair Senator Blunt, she led the successful inauguration of Joe Biden at a critical time. She helped pass the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate and has authored legislation to automatically register eligible voters when they turn 18. She has also led efforts to improve election security and prevent foreign interference in our democracy, and successfully secured $1.2 billion to strengthen states’ election infrastructure and help protect them from future attacks by foreign adversaries. In addition, in her role on the Judiciary Committee she has been active in advocating for legislation focused on civil rights, criminal justice, and immigration reform.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senator Klobuchar has worked on behalf of Minnesota’s farmers, agriculture workers, and rural communities by fighting to expand access to broadband, support food assistance programs, and provide coronavirus relief to livestock producers. She has also introduced legislation to encourage the use of renewable fuels and invest in data related to farming and agriculture to inform best practices.

Before serving in the Senate, Senator Klobuchar headed the largest prosecutor’s office in Minnesota for eight years, making the prosecution of violent criminals her top priority while increasing the office’s focus on white collar crime. She led the effort for successful passage of Minnesota’s first felony DWI law and received the leadership award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Her safe schools initiative, community prosecution efforts, and criminal justice reforms earned national awards from both the Bush and Clinton Justice Departments. She worked with the Innocence Project to advocate for videotaped interrogations across the country as well as innovative eyewitness processes to protect against false identifications. As a private citizen and before being elected to public office, Senator Klobuchar 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.

Her work has gained national recognition. Vogue magazine described her as “personable, popular, and pragmatic,” The New York Times described her as a “former prosecutor with made-for-state-fair charms,” and Working Mother named her as “Best in Congress” for her efforts on behalf of working families. “Want to reform antitrust? Amy Klobuchar knows where to start,” The Washington Post headlined its opinion piece on her sweeping antitrust legislation, the Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act. She has received numerous awards from the National Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union for championing farmers and rural communities. She has been recognized for her work on behalf of children and consumers, and Refugee International gave her the Congressional Leadership Award for her work to support refugee communities. She received an award from the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) for her work to fight sexual assault in the military, and the Disabled American Veterans honored her work to improve the lives of America’s veterans. She also received the “Outstanding Member of the Senate Award” from the National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition and the “Above and Beyond Award” from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for her commitment to developing a supportive work environment for employees serving in the Guard and Reserves.

Senator Klobuchar was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. Her senior essay in college, published as the book “Uncovering the Dome,” chronicles the 10-year-history behind the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and is still used at colleges and universities across the country.

Senator Klobuchar is married to John Bessler, a native of Mankato, who attended Loyola High School and the University of Minnesota. Senator Klobuchar and John have a daughter, Abigail.

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Amy Jean Klobuchar (/ˈklbəʃɑːr/ KLOH-bə-shar; born May 25, 1960) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Minnesota, a seat she has held since 2007. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), Minnesota’s affiliate of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the Hennepin County attorney.

Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She was a partner at two Minneapolis law firms before 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 elected female United States senator, and was reelected in 2012 and 2018.[1] In 2009 and 2010, she was described as a “rising star” in the Democratic Party.[2][3]

She announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in the 2020 election on February 10, 2019; on March 2, 2020, she suspended her campaign and endorsed Joe Biden.[4][5] In 2021, she became the chair of the Senate Rules Committee.

Early life and education

Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar is the daughter of Rose (née Heuberger) and Jim Klobuchar. Her mother taught second grade until she retired at age 70.[6]

Her father Jim, a retired sportswriter and columnist for the Star Tribune,[7] was of Slovene descent; his grandparents were immigrants from Slovenia‘s White Carniola region. His father was a miner on Minnesota’s Iron Range.[8][9] Amy Klobuchar’s maternal grandparents emigrated from Switzerland to the United States.[10]

Klobuchar’s parents divorced when she was 15 years old. The divorce took a toll on the family; her relationship with her father was not fully restored until he quit drinking in the 1990s.[11]

Klobuchar attended public schools in Plymouth and was valedictorian at Wayzata High School.[12][13] She received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in political science in 1982 from Yale University.[14] While at Yale, Klobuchar spent time as an intern for then-Vice President and former senator Walter Mondale.[15] Her senior thesis, Uncovering the Dome,[16] a 250-page history of the ten years of politics surrounding the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, was published by Waveland Press in 1986. 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 earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1985.[17]

Early career

After law school, Klobuchar worked as a corporate lawyer.[15] Before seeking public office, besides working as a prosecutor, Klobuchar was a partner at the Minnesota law firms Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty, where she specialized in “regulatory work in telecommunications law”.[18][19][20] 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, Abigail,[15] was born with a disorder that prevented her from swallowing. The 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.[15]

Klobuchar was first a candidate for public office in 1994 when she ran for Hennepin County attorney. But she had pledged to drop out if the incumbent, Michael Freeman, got back in the race after failing to win the endorsement of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor (DFL) Party for governor. Klobuchar quit the race in June 1994 and supported Freeman for reelection.[21] Before running for office, Klobuchar was active in supporting DFL candidates, including Freeman in 1990. The county attorney election is nonpartisan, but Freeman, like Klobuchar, is a Democrat.

Klobuchar was elected Hennepin County attorney in 1998 (Freeman declined to run for another term) and was reelected in 2002 with no opposition.[22][15] Minnesota Lawyer named her “Attorney of the Year”.[23][24] Klobuchar was President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association from November 2002 to November 2003.[25] After the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police custody, Klobuchar was criticized for her lack of prosecution of police misconduct during her tenure, including a case involving the officer, Derek Chauvin, who was later found guilty of murdering Floyd. The case was not heard until after she left office.[26][27][28]

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Elections

2006

Female senators of the 110th Congress, Klobuchar standing, second from the right, January 2007

In early 2005, after U.S. senator Mark Dayton announced that he would not seek reelection, Klobuchar became an early favorite for the DFL nomination for the 2006 election. EMILY’s List endorsed her 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 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.[29]

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 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.)[30]

2012

Klobuchar’s father, Jim, and supporters campaigning for Klobuchar as U.S. senator, Tower, Minnesota, July 4, 2012

Klobuchar won a second term in the U.S. Senate, defeating Republican State Representative Kurt Bills by a margin of 35 percentage points (65.23% to 30.53%), carrying all but two counties.[31][32]

2018

Klobuchar ran for a third term and was reelected by a 24-point margin.[33] The Republican nominee was state representative Jim Newberger. The race was not seen as close, with Klobuchar outraising Newberger $9.9 million to $210,066 as of October 17. Klobuchar maintained a double-digit lead in the polls all autumn.[34]

Tenure

A September 2009 poll found 58% of Minnesotans approved of the job Klobuchar was doing and 36% disapproved.[35] 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.”[36]

Klobuchar with Lindsey Graham and John McCain in Latvia in 2016

At the end of the 114th Congress in late 2016, Klobuchar had passed more legislation than any other senator.[37] In February 2017 she called for an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his administration. Concern about Trump’s ties to Russia increased after reports that his campaign officials had repeated contact with senior Russian intelligence officials before the 2016 United States elections.[38][39] 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.[40] She maintained high approval ratings throughout 2017, with an April 2017 Star Tribune poll placing her approval rating at 72%.[41] In October 2017 Morning Consult listed Klobuchar among the 10 senators with the highest approval ratings, and a November 2017 KSTP-TV poll put her approval rating at 56%.[42][43] An April 2019 Morning Consult poll found Klobuchar to be the third-most popular sitting senator, with a 58% approval rating and 26% disapproval rating, behind only Vermont senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy.[44]

According to the Center for Effective Lawmaking, Klobuchar scored “above expectations” with respect to how successful she was at moving significant legislation in the 115th Congress (2017–18).[45]

During the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings in 2018, Kavanaugh gave heated responses to Klobuchar’s questions about whether he had ever experienced memory loss after consuming alcohol, for which he later apologized.[46]

In February 2019, BuzzFeed News reported that interviews with former staffers and reviews of emails indicated that Klobuchar frequently abused and humiliated her employees, requiring significant staff time to manage her ire. The article reported that other employees found her to be “fair and effective” and a good boss.[47] Politico reported that Klobuchar had the highest annual staff turnover rate of any senator—36%—between 2011 and 2016.[48] A Huffington Post article alleged she had a reputation for mistreating her staff, with some staff alleging she was prone to bursts of cruelty.[49] In response to the negative reports, 61 former staffers wrote an open letter praising Klobuchar, stating that she was a caring “mentor and friend” to them.[50]

In the 115th Congress, she was absent for 0.5% of votes, with two-thirds of the senators missing more votes.[51] In the ongoing 116th Congress (Jan 2019–Jan 2021), during her campaign for president, as of January 2020, she missed 39.1% of votes, making her the 5th most absent member of the Senate.[52]

Klobuchar speaking at the inauguration of Joe Biden

Klobuchar was at the U.S. Capitol when Trump supporters stormed it on January 6, 2021. As ranking Democrat on the Senate Rules Committee, she and Senator Roy Blunt co-led Senate deliberations during the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count.[53] She also served as a teller, along with Blunt, Representative Rodney Davis, and Representative Zoe Lofgren.[54] After Senate Republicans, led by Senator Ted Cruz, objected to certifying Arizona’s electoral votes, Klobuchar participated in the debate on the Senate floor. Shortly after she gave her remarks, the Capitol was breached.[55] As the Senate adjourned, Klobuchar was alerted on her phone that shots were fired inside the Capitol, which she announced to those present.[56] Immediately, Klobuchar, fellow senators, staff and journalists were evacuated from the chambers to a secure location.[56][57] When the Capitol was secure, Congress reconvened and the election count was certified in the early morning of January 7. Klobuchar supported the certification. Later that day, Klobuchar said she supported the invocation of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution to remove Trump from office “because you cannot have a president basically leading an insurrection against our own country’s government.”[58] She also called for investigations into the breach.[59]

Klobuchar was the first speaker at Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021.[60][61]

Committee assignments

In the 116th Congress, Klobuchar serves on the following standing committees:[62]

In her first Congress, the 110th Congress, Klobuchar was assigned to the following committees:[71]

Caucus memberships

Role in the Democratic Party

On March 30, 2008, Klobuchar announced her endorsement of Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primary, promising her superdelegate vote to him.[73] 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.[74]

Klobuchar has served as the chair of the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee since 2015.[75] She became the Steering Chair of the community in 2017, with Bernie Sanders as Outreach Chair.[76] Klobuchar and Sanders represented the Democratic Party in a 2017 televised debate on healthcare policy and the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act on CNN.[77]

In 2020, Klobuchar was named a candidate for Secretary of Agriculture or United States Attorney General in the Biden Administration.[78]

2020 presidential campaign

Klobuchar (center) with her husband and daughter at her campaign announcement

The New York Times and The New Yorker named Klobuchar as one of the women most likely to become the first female president of the United States,[79][80] and MSNBC and The New Yorker named her as a possible nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.[81][82]

On February 10, 2019, Klobuchar announced her candidacy in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.[83] She has said that she uses humor as one way to distinguish herself among the many other Democratic candidates in the 2020 campaign.[84]

On January 19, 2020, The New York Times editorial board endorsed Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for president.[85][86]

On March 2, 2020, the day before Super Tuesday, Klobuchar suspended her campaign and endorsed Joe Biden.[87]

On May 21, 2020, it was reported that Biden asked several women, including Klobuchar, to undergo formal vetting for consideration as his vice-presidential running mate.[88][89] On June 18, Klobuchar withdrew herself from consideration, saying that Biden should choose a woman of color.[90]

Political positions

Klobuchar’s political positions have generally been in line with modern American liberalism. She is pro-choice on abortion, supports LGBT rights and the Affordable Care Act, and was critical of the Iraq War. During the 115th Congress, she voted in line with President Donald Trump‘s position on legislation 31.1 percent of the time.[91]

According to GovTrack, Klobuchar passed more legislation than any other senator by the end of the 114th Congress in late 2016.[37] According to Congress.gov, as of December 16, 2018, she had sponsored or co-sponsored 111 pieces of legislation that became law.[92]

Personal life

In 1993, Klobuchar married John Bessler, a private practice attorney and a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. They have a daughter who graduated from Yale University and worked as a legislative director for New York councilman Keith Powers.[15][93] Klobuchar is a member of the United Church of Christ.[94] She is a cousin of musician Zola Jesus.[95][96]

In September 2021, Klobuchar revealed that she had been diagnosed with Stage 1A breast cancer in February 2021, that she had undergone a successful lumpectomy, and that in May she had completed a course of radiation treatment. In August, her doctors determined that the treatments had all been successful and she was cancer-free.[97]

Books

Klobuchar has written three books. In 1986, she published Uncovering the Dome, a case study of the 10-year political struggle to build the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.[98] In 2015, she published an autobiography, The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland.[99] In 2021, Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age was published, a sprawling, 624-page historical overview of antitrust law in the United States, up to the current regulatory issues facing Big Tech, the American public, and the world.[100]

Awards and honors

Klobuchar has received numerous awards during her career. Minnesota Lawyer named her “Attorney of the Year” in 2001[24] and Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave her a leadership award for advocating for successful passage of Minnesota’s first felony DWI law.[101] Working Mother named her a 2008 “Best in Congress” for her efforts on behalf of working families, and The American Prospect named her a “woman to watch”.[101]

In 2012, Klobuchar received the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award at a special Great Outdoors Week celebration presented by the American Recreation Coalition.[102] She was one of the recipients of the Agricultural Retailers Association’s 2012 Legislator of the Year Award, alongside Republican representative John Mica.[103] 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).[104] Also, in 2013, she received a Friend of CACFP award for her leadership in passing 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.[105] Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken received the 2014 Friends of Farm Bureau Award from the Minnesota branch of the American Farm Bureau Federation.[106] 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.[107] Also in 2015 the National Consumers League honored Klobuchar 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”.[108] 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.[109] In 2017, she received the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers[110] and was chosen as the Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics for the Carrie Chapman Catt Center at Iowa State University.[111] In 2021, Klobuchar received the Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Association of American Publishers.[112]

Electoral history

Hennepin County Attorney

1998 Hennepin County Attorney election[113]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
NonpartisanAmy Klobuchar223,41650.3%
NonpartisanSheryl Ramstad Hvass219,67649.4%
2002 Hennepin County Attorney election[114]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
NonpartisanAmy Klobuchar380,63298.7%
Write-in4,8291.3%

U.S. Senate

Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party from the previous election.

2006 United States Senate Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary election in Minnesota
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Amy Klobuchar 294,671 92.5%
Democratic (DFL)Darryl Stanton23,8727.5%
2006 United States Senate election in Minnesota
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Amy Klobuchar 1,278,849 58.1% +9.2%
RepublicanMark Kennedy835,65337.9%-5.4%
IndependenceRobert Fitzgerald71,1943.2%-2.6%
GreenMichael Cavlan10,7140.5%N/A
ConstitutionBen Powers5,4080.3%-0.1%
Write-ins954
Majority443,19620.2%
Turnout2,202,77270.6%
Democratic (DFL) holdSwing
2012 United States Senate Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary election in Minnesota
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Amy Klobuchar 183,766 90.8%
Democratic (DFL)Dick Franson6,8373.4%
Democratic (DFL)Jack Edward Shepard6,6323.3%
Democratic (DFL)Darryl Stanton5,1552.6%
2012 United States Senate election in Minnesota[115]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Amy Klobuchar (incumbent)1,854,59565.2%+7.1%
RepublicanKurt Bills867,97430.5%-7.3%
IndependenceStephen Williams73,5392.6%-0.6%
GrassrootsTim Davis30,5311.1%N/A
Michael Cavlan13,9860.5%N/A
Write-ins2,582
Majority986,62134.6%+14.4%
Turnout2,843,207
Democratic (DFL) holdSwing
2018 United States Senate election in Minnesota
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Amy Klobuchar (incumbent)1,566,17460.3%-4.9%
RepublicanJim Newberger940,43736.2%+5.7%
IndependentDennis Schuller66,2362.6%+2.6%
GreenPaula Overby23,1010.9%+0.9%
Majority625,73724.1%-10.5%
Turnout2,595,948
Democratic (DFL) holdSwing

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Bostock, Bill (November 7, 2018). “Amy Klobuchar is being talked up as a 2020 contender who could ‘bury’ Trump after she won re-election in Minnesota”. Business Insider. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Tsukayama, Hayley (March 15, 2010). “Huffington Post names Klobuchar the smartest U.S. Senator”. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Dizikes, Cynthia (May 20, 2009). “As state’s only senator, Klobuchar gains sympathetic attention”. MinnPost. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Schneider, Elena (March 2, 2020). “Klobuchar to drop out of 2020 campaign, endorse Biden”. Politico. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Dan Merica; Kyung Lah; Jasmine Wright; Kate Sullivan. “Amy Klobuchar ends 2020 presidential campaign and endorses Joe Biden”. CNN.
  6. ^ Nelson, Tim (August 2, 2010). “Rose Klobuchar, mother of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, dies”. MPR News. Archived from the original on February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Smith, Doug (August 7, 2015). “Born to ride: Jim Klobuchar and the birth of the Minnesota bike tour”. Star Tribune. Archived from the original on February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  8. ^ “Druga Slovenka, ki bo Trumpu spodnesla tla”. Svet24.si – Vsa resnica na enem mestu.
  9. ^ Bandur, Simona; Fajfar, Simona (February 11, 2019). “Po sledeh slovenskih prednikov Amy Klobuchar”. delo.si.
  10. ^ Sturdevant, Lori (August 28, 2015). “For Amy Klobuchar, if immigration then were like immigration now …”. Star Tribune. …includes a less familiar story about her mother’s line, the Heubergers. Those grandparents were Swiss immigrants who settled in Milwaukee.
  11. ^ Klobuchar, Amy (2015). The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland. New York City: Macmillan. ISBN 978-1627794176.
  12. ^ “WHS Involvement / WHS Distinguished Alumni”. wayzata.k12.mn.us. Archived from the original on March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  13. ^ “About Amy”. Amy Klobuchar for U.S. Senate. Archived from the original on April 25, 2017. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  14. ^ 1982 Yale Banner, p. 394.
  15. ^ a b c d e f DePaulo, Lisa (March 30, 2010). “The Audacity of Minnesota: Meet Senator Amy Klobuchar”. ELLE. Archived from the original on May 3, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Klobuchar, Amy (1986). Uncovering the Dome (reprint ed.). Waveland Press. ISBN 978-0-88133-218-6.
  17. ^ “Who is Amy Klobuchar?”. Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL: Tribune Media Services. December 14, 2019. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
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Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction covers issues such as criminal justice, consumer rights, intellectual property and antitrust law. Klobuchar serves as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, which is tasked with oversight of antitrust enforcement at the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission and monitoring the state of competition in a variety of industries to help protect consumers. The full Committee is also tasked with reviewing the President’s nominees for federal judgeships – including Supreme Court justices – along with many Executive Branch nominations, and providing oversight of the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Committee addresses such topics as:

  • Ensuring that law enforcement has the tools they need to keep our streets safe
  • Ensuring equal justice for all Americans
  • Promoting consumer rights and fairness
  • Considering executive nominations and nominations to the federal court

Visit the committee’s website: www.judiciary.senate.gov

U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Senator Klobuchar is the Chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. This Committee brings together senators, businesses, community leaders, policy experts and intergovernmental organizations to help develop policies to strengthen the economy and move the country forward.

Visit the committee’s website: www.democrats.senate.gov/dsoc

Rules and Administration Committee

Senator Klobuchar is the Chairwoman of the Rules Committee, which oversees the rules and operations of the Senate and has jurisdiction over the administration of federal elections and matters related to good governance.

Visit the committee’s website: www.rules.senate.gov

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

The Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has responsibility for a wide range of issues important to businesses and consumers – overseeing everything from product safety to improving access to broadband and technology to transportation and the Coast Guard. The Commerce Committee’s work helps keep consumers safe, strengthen the economy, and guide the future of our nation’s transportation systems. The Committee is working for businesses and consumers by:

  • Expanding access to broadband and advancing next-generation telecommunications networks that keep America competitive
  • Protecting Americans from anti-consumer business practices and ensuring that consumers’ online data is protected
  • Ensuring that U.S. exporters have the tools they need to sell their products abroad
  • Making sure that products made around the world meet U.S. safety standards
  • Investing in research and development that will create long-term economic growth and jobs
  • Building a 21st-century transportation network

Visit the committee’s website: www.commerce.senate.gov

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has jurisdiction over issues important to Minnesota, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s farm, conservation, and rural-development programs; food stamps and nutrition; and forestry policy. This Congress, the committee will be working to pass a new Farm Bill and address other critical issues such as:

  • Extending a fair safety net and a permanent disaster assistance program for farmers
  • Continuing the sugar program with additional protections against imports of subsidized foreign sugar
  • Strengthening the support available for dairy farmers
  • Allowing farms to meet more of our nation’s energy needs
  • Supporting the economic development of rural communities

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Current Position: US Senator since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 US Senator
Former Position(s): Lt. Governor from 2015 – 2018

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Chair, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development

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When I was a young mom, my top priority was always the well-being of my kids. Working parents need to know that their children are safe and cared for, which is why I’m pushing for big investments to help working families across America afford childcare.

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Sen. Tina Smith discusses push for green energy in infrastructure bill

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Walz, U.S. Senators tour Greenwood Fire damage Monday
KBJR6, Briggs LeSavageSeptember 6, 2021 (Short)

ISABELLA, MN — Governor Tim Walz and several of Minnesota’s federal lawmakers are touring the damage left behind by the Greenwood Fire Monday morning.

Walz, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) started the day with a briefing from officials battling the wildfires.

They then set out to survey the damage near Isabella.

Portions of the Greenwood Fire are still raging on, leaving charred trees and burnt landscape in its path.

“I’m really struck by the places like this where there is such deep damage, and it’s going to take a long time to grow back,” Smith said

Summary

Current Position: US Senator since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 US Senator
Former Position(s): Lt. Governor from 2015 – 2018

Other Positions:  
Chair, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development

Featured Quote: 
When I was a young mom, my top priority was always the well-being of my kids. Working parents need to know that their children are safe and cared for, which is why I’m pushing for big investments to help working families across America afford childcare.

Featured Video: 
Sen. Tina Smith discusses push for green energy in infrastructure bill

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Walz, U.S. Senators tour Greenwood Fire damage Monday
KBJR6, Briggs LeSavageSeptember 6, 2021 (Short)

ISABELLA, MN — Governor Tim Walz and several of Minnesota’s federal lawmakers are touring the damage left behind by the Greenwood Fire Monday morning.

Walz, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) started the day with a briefing from officials battling the wildfires.

They then set out to survey the damage near Isabella.

Portions of the Greenwood Fire are still raging on, leaving charred trees and burnt landscape in its path.

“I’m really struck by the places like this where there is such deep damage, and it’s going to take a long time to grow back,” Smith said

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Tina was born on March 4, 1958  in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in Santa Fe. In 1980, she graduated from Stanford University and in 1984, earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Tina then moved to Minnesota to work at General Mills and raise a family with her husband, Archie. They’ve been married for more than 30 years and have two sons, Sam and Mason. Mason married his wife Julia in 2016, and Sam and his wife Emily wed in the fall of 2017.

Tina left General Mills to start her own small business. Since then, she has dedicated her career to working on behalf of Minnesotans to improve lives and ensure that the state government works better for the people it serves. She’s served as Chief of Staff to both Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Governor Mark Dayton.

In 2014, Tina was elected to serve as Minnesota’s 48th Lieutenant Governor. As Lieutenant Governor, she’s traveled to every corner of the state to talk with, learn from, and work on behalf of Minnesotans.

Tina is proud to have worked on issues like tax fairness. In Minnesota, she helped push to make sure the wealthiest two percent to pay their fair share which resulted in lower income taxes for everyone else in the state—and all while balancing the state’s budget.

On health care, she worked to lower the number of Minnesotans without health insurance, and now the state’s uninsured rate is among the lowest in the country. But Senator Smith understands there’s still a lot we need to do to tackle health care costs, including prescription drug prices, and she’s committed to working to address this issue for Minnesota families.

And Sen. Smith will continue working on many of the things she championed as Lt. Governor—including early education and rural broadband.

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Wikipedia Entry

Christine Elizabeth Smith (née Flint, born March 4, 1958) is an American politician and former businesswoman serving as the junior United States senator from Minnesota since 2018. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the Democratic Party. Smith served as the 48th lieutenant governor of Minnesota from 2015 to 2018 before being appointed to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Al Franken. She won the 2018 special election to fill the remainder of Franken’s term, through January 2021, defeating Republican Karin Housley, a Minnesota state senator. In 2020, Smith was elected to a full Senate term, defeating the Republican nominee, former U.S. Representative Jason Lewis.

Early life and education

Smith was born on March 4, 1958,[2] in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Christine, a teacher, and F. Harlan Flint, a lawyer.[3] She mostly grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, attending Manderfield and Acequia Madre Elementary.[4] She finished high school in Northern California.[3]

Before going to college, Smith worked on the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science, and later earned a master’s degree in business administration from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.[5]

Early career

In 1984, Smith moved to Minnesota for a marketing job at General Mills.[6] She later started her own marketing firm, where she consulted with businesses and nonprofits.[7]

In the early 1990s, Smith became involved in local politics, volunteering for DFL campaigns in Minneapolis.[8] She managed Ted Mondale’s unsuccessful 1998 campaign for governor. After Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash weeks before the 2002 election, Smith managed former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale’s campaign for the seat.[9] After Mondale lost a narrow election to Norm Coleman, Smith began working as the vice president of external affairs at Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.[10]

In 2006, Smith left her job at Planned Parenthood to serve as chief of staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.[11] In 2010 she was picked to manage Rybak’s gubernatorial campaign, which ended after Margaret Anderson Kelliher won the DFL endorsement.[9] Smith then joined the campaign of Mark Dayton, who skipped the endorsing convention and eventually won the DFL primary.[8] After Dayton defeated Republican Tom Emmer in the general election, Smith was named a co-chair of the transition. When Dayton took office in January 2011, he appointed Smith his chief of staff.[12]

Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota

2014 election

When Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon announced she would not seek reelection, Dayton selected Smith as his running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial election. He cited Smith’s work on passing legislation for new Minnesota Vikings Stadium, as well as her support for the Destination Medical Center project with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.[12]

Smith stepped down as Dayton’s chief of staff to campaign for lieutenant governor. After being nominated by acclamation at the DFL state convention, and facing only token opposition in the DFL gubernatorial primary, Dayton and Smith defeated Republicans Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle in the general election.[13]

Tenure

Smith in 2016

Smith took office as lieutenant governor on January 5, 2015, and served until she was appointed to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2018.[14] During her tenure Smith was described by many political observers as having a much higher profile and playing a much more significant role in legislative negotiations than her predecessors.[6][15] She spent a significant amount of time traveling the state in support of the priorities of Dayton’s administration, including funding for optional preschool for all four-year-olds, transportation infrastructure, and rural broadband internet access. She also served as chair of the Destination Medical Center board until her resignation in December 2017.[16][17]

In 2016 Roll Call named Smith to its “America’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in State Politics” list, citing her high-profile role in the Dayton administration.[18]

Despite widespread speculation to the contrary, Smith announced in March 2017 that she would not run for governor in the 2018 election.[19][20]

U.S. Senate

Dayton appointing Smith to the Senate

Appointment

On December 13, 2017, Governor Dayton announced Smith as his pick to fill the United States Senate seat held by Al Franken, who had announced he would resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.[21][22] Democrats in the state immediately united around Smith as the party’s candidate in the November 2018 special election to fill Franken’s term.[23]

Franken officially resigned on January 2, 2018.[24][25]

Elections

2018 Special

In August 2018, Smith won the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary with 76% of the vote. Richard Painter, a White House ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration, finished second with 14%.[26][27]

In the November general election, Smith defeated Republican nominee Karin Housley, a state senator from St. Marys Point, with 53% of the vote to Housley’s 42%.[28][29]

2020

Minnesota was seen as a swing state in the 2020 presidential election, which made Smith a swing-state Democrat up for reelection. Her campaign focused on delivering results for Minnesotans on local issues, such as farming in southern Minnesota, police brutality in wake of the George Floyd protests and North Shore drilling in the Duluth area, and took strong positions on national issues such as the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination. Smith defeated Republican nominee Jason Lewis with 48.8% of the vote to Lewis’s 43.5%, thus winning her first full 6-year Senate term.[30]

Tenure

With Vice President Mike Pence administering the oath of office, Smith was officially sworn in as a U.S. Senator on January 3, 2018,[31] alongside Doug Jones of Alabama. She was accompanied by fellow Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President and former Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale.[32]

Smith was participating in the certification of the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count on January 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol. She called the participants in the attack “seditionists” and blamed Trump for inciting the attack. When the Capitol was secure and the Congress returned to session, Smith supported the certification of the count.[33] In response to the insurrection, she called for Trump’s immediate removal from office through the invocation of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and impeachment, saying that the president needed to be held accountable for the attack and that “he is dangerous to our democracy and to public safety.”[34][35] She said that Representatives Michelle Fischbach and Jim Hagedorn, who objected to certifying the election, “were complicit in pushing for the president’s big lie“,[34] and also called on Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to resign for objecting to the certification of the election and spreading falsehoods about election integrity.[36]

Committee assignments

[37][38][39][40][41][42]

Smith previously served on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from January 10, 2018 to January 3, 2019, during the first session of the 116th Congress.

Political positions

Abortion

Smith supports legal abortion rights. She was a vice president at Planned Parenthood from 2003 to 2006, where she lobbied against efforts to oppose abortion rights.[43][44]

In February 2019, Smith voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, saying that the bill “would override physicians’ professional judgment about what is best for their patients” and “put physicians in the position of facing criminal penalties if their judgment about what is best for their patient is contrary to what is described in this bill.”[45] Mary Ziegler, a professor at Florida State University’s College of Law, said that vote was politically advantageous to Republicans, who didn’t expect it to pass, and came in response to Democratic states passing laws to expand abortion rights.[46]

Agriculture

In March 2019, Smith was one of 38 senators to sign a letter to US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue warning that dairy farmers “have continued to face market instability and are struggling to survive the fourth year of sustained low prices” and urging his department to “strongly encourage these farmers to consider the Dairy Margin Coverage program.”[47]

Climate change

In November 2018, Smith was one of 25 Democratic senators to cosponsor a resolution in response to findings of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change report and National Climate Assessment. The resolution affirmed the senators’ acceptance of the findings and their support for bold action to address climate change.[48]

Drug policy

In December 2018, Smith was one of 21 senators to sign a letter to Commissioner of Food and Drugs Scott Gottlieb stating their approval of the Food and Drugs Administration‘s actions to hinder youth access to e-cigarettes and urging the FDA “to take additional, stronger steps to prevent and reduce e-cigarette use among youth.”[49]

In July 2020, Smith introduced the Substance Regulation and Safety Act to legalize cannabis at the federal level and direct federal agencies to develop various regulations regarding cannabis.[50] During a floor speech on racial justice, she called for passage of the bill along with the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act to end the “failed policy” of cannabis prohibition that “contributes to mass incarceration and over-policing of communities of color“.[51]

Foreign policy

In April 2019 Smith was one of 34 senators to sign a letter to President Trump asserting that Trump had “consistently expressed a flawed understanding of U.S. foreign assistance” since becoming president and that by preventing the use of Fiscal Year 2018 national security funding he was “personally undermining efforts to promote U.S. national security and economic prosperity”. The senators argued that foreign assistance to Central American countries decreased migration to the U.S. by helping to improve conditions in those countries.[52]

Gun control

In March 2018 Smith was one of ten senators to sign a letter to Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Lamar Alexander and ranking Democrat Patty Murray requesting they schedule a hearing on the causes and remedies of mass shootings in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.[53]

Health care

In the lead-up to the 2018 elections, Smith said her record in the Senate showed she would fight pharmaceutical companies to improve people’s lives, and that she would continue to fight to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs in Minnesota, for example by making generic drugs more available, preventing people with preexisting conditions from being charged more, and allowing Minnesotans to buy in to Medicare if they are dissatisfied with their options on the insurance market.[54]

In December 2018 Smith was one of 42 senators to sign a letter to Trump administration officials Alex Azar, Seema Verma, and Steve Mnuchin arguing that the administration was improperly using Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to authorize states to “increase health care costs for millions of consumers while weakening protections for individuals with preexisting conditions.” The senators requested the administration withdraw the policy and “re-engage with stakeholders, states, and Congress.”[55]

In January 2019, during the 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown, Smith was one of 34 senators to sign a letter to Commissioner of Food and Drugs Scott Gottlieb recognizing the efforts of the FDA to address the shutdown’s effect on public health and employees while remaining alarmed “that the continued shutdown will result in increasingly harmful effects on the agency’s employees and the safety and security of the nation’s food and medical products.”[56]

In February 2019 Smith was one of 11 senators to sign a letter to insulin manufactures Eli Lilly and Company, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi about their increased insulin prices having deprived patients of “access to the life-saving medications they need.”[57]

Housing

In April 2019 Smith was one of 41 senators to sign a bipartisan letter to the housing subcommittee praising the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development‘s Section 4 Capacity Building program as authorizing “HUD to partner with national nonprofit community development organizations to provide education, training, and financial support to local community development corporations (CDCs) across the country” and expressing disappointment that President Trump’s budget “has slated this program for elimination after decades of successful economic and community development.” The senators wrote of their hope that the subcommittee would support continued funding for Section 4 in Fiscal Year 2020.[58]

Immigration

In August 2018 Smith was one of 17 senators to sign a letter spearheaded by Kamala Harris to United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen demanding that the Trump administration take immediate action in attempting to reunite 539 migrant children with their families, citing each passing day of inaction as intensifying “trauma that this administration has needlessly caused for children and their families seeking humanitarian protection.”[59]

In July 2019, following reports that the Trump administration intended to cease protecting spouses, parents and children of active-duty service members from deportation, Smith was one of 22 senators led by Tammy Duckworth to sign a letter arguing that the protection gave service members the ability “to fight for the United States overseas and not worry that their spouse, children, or parents will be deported while they are away” and that its termination would both cause service members personal hardship and negatively affect their combat performance.[60]

Infrastructure

In June 2019 Smith was one of eight senators to sponsor the Made in America Act, legislation that would designate federal programs that had funded infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America standards and mandate that the materials used in these programs be domestically produced. Bill cosponsor Tammy Baldwin said the bill would strengthen Buy America requirements and that she was hopeful both Democrats and Republicans would support “this effort to make sure our government is buying American products and supporting American workers.”[61]

LGBTQ rights

In October 2018 Smith was one of 20 senators to sign a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to reverse the rolling back of a policy that granted visas to same-sex partners of LGBTQ diplomats who had unions that were not recognized by their home countries, writing that too many places around the world have seen LGBTQ individuals “subjected to discrimination and unspeakable violence, and receive little or no protection from the law or local authorities” and that refusing to let LGBTQ diplomats bring their partners to the US would be equivalent of upholding “the discriminatory policies of many countries around the world.”[62]

Railroad safety

In June 2019 Smith was one of ten senators to cosponsor the Safe Freight Act, a bill that would require freight trains to have one or more certified conductors and a certified engineer on board who can collaborate on how to protect the train and people living near the tracks. The legislation was meant to correct a Federal Railroad Administration rollback of a proposed rule intended to establish safety standards.[63]

Personal life

Smith’s husband, Archie Smith, is a successful independent investor, focusing largely on health care and medical companies.[64] The couple have two sons.[65]

In May 2019, during a speech on the Senate floor, Smith described her experiences with getting help in college and in her early 30s for depression.[66]

Electoral history

2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary election results[67]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Mark Dayton/Tina Smith 177,849 92.99
Democratic (DFL)Leslie Davis/Gregor Soderberg8,5304.46
Democratic (DFL)Bill Dahn/James Vigliotti4,8802.55
Total votes191,259 100
Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Mark Dayton/Tina Smith (incumbent) 989,113 50.07% +6.44%
RepublicanJeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle879,25744.51%+1.30%
IndependenceHannah Nicollet/Tim Gieseke56,9002.88%-9.06%
GrassrootsChris Wright/David Daniels31,2591.58%+1.22%
LibertarianChris Holbrook/Chris Dock18,0820.92%n/a
N/AWrite-ins7950.04%-0.05%
Total votes1,975,406′ 100.0%’ N/A
Democratic (DFL) hold
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary results, Minnesota 2018[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Tina Smith (incumbent) 433,705 76.06%
Democratic (DFL)Richard Painter78,19313.71%
Democratic (DFL)Ali Chehem Ali18,8973.31%
Democratic (DFL)Gregg Iverson17,8253.13%
Democratic (DFL)Nick Leonard16,5292.90%
Democratic (DFL)Christopher Seymore5,0410.88%
Total votes570,190 100%
United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Tina Smith (incumbent) 1,370,540 52.97% -0.18%
RepublicanKarin Housley1,095,77742.35%-0.56%
Legal Marijuana NowSarah Wellington95,6143.70%N/A
IndependentJerry Trooien24,3240.94%N/A
Write-in1,1010.04%N/A
Total votes2,587,356′ 100.0%’ N/A
Democratic (DFL) hold
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary results, Minnesota, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Tina Smith (incumbent) 497,498 87.1%
Democratic (DFL)Paula Overby30,4975.3%
Democratic (DFL)Ahmad Hassan20,0373.5%
Democratic (DFL)Steve Carlson16,4292.9%
Democratic (DFL)Christopher Seymore6,4801.1%
Total votes570,941 100.0%
United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2020[71]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL)Tina Smith (incumbent) 1,566,522 48.74% -4.23%
RepublicanJason Lewis1,398,14543.50%+1.15%
Legal Marijuana NowKevin O’Connor190,1545.91%+2.21%
GrassrootsOliver Steinberg57,1741.78%N/A
Write-in2,2610.07%+0.03%
Total votes3,214,256 100.0%
Democratic (DFL) hold

See also

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Recent Elections

2018 US Senator

Tina Smith (D)11,370,54053.0%
Karin Housley (R)1,095,77742.4%
TOTAL12,466,317

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

SMITH, TINA FLINT has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $13,217,700.

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Committees

Committees

U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
   The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is one of twenty Senate committees tasked with conducting Senate business related to specialized areas of legislative interest. Although the Senate has a longstanding history of writing and passing legislation focusing on our nation’s banks, the Senate Banking Committee was not formally established until 1913, with Senator Robert Owen of Oklahoma, sponsor of the landmark Federal Reserve Act, as its first Chairman; since then, the Committee has undergone various transformations and reorganizations. Now known as the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to underscore the diversity of issues under its purview, the Committee plays an integral role in managing legislation that affects the lives of many Americans. These areas of jurisdiction include, but are not limited to: banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy.
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
   The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has jurisdiction over most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Aging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
   The Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nation’s agriculture industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health.
U.S. Senate Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
   The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these difficulties. These issues include, but are not limited to, Indian education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, health care, and claims against the United States. All legislation proposed by Members of the Senate that specifically pertains to American Indians, Native Hawaiians, or Alaska Natives is under the jurisdiction of the Committee.

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    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security
    • Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy (Chair)
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    • Subcommittee on Economic Policy
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development (Chair)
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    • Subcommittee on Children and Families
    • Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
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Legislation

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Economy

Jobs and Economy

Senator Smith is committed to fighting for more jobs and building a stronger economy, one that works for everyone so businesses grow and workers get better jobs with better pay, and so we can invest in infrastructure and manufacturing. Sen. Smith wants to address college affordability and expand career and workforce training for young people who don’t go to a four-year college.

Despite the fact that the economy is rebounding, too many Minnesota families struggle to make ends meet, face a job loss, or grapple with a shrinking pay check. Sen. Smith believes that in order to build an economy that works for everyone, we need a fairer tax code that supports working families, not just the wealthiest of Americans. We need paid family and medical leave for workers so that parents can stay home to take care of a newborn or a sick a family member without losing a paycheck. We need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the pay gap between men and women. We need fair trade policies that help Minnesota workers, businesses, and farmers get ahead, and we need to crack down on foreign countries that break international trade rules and put American workers out of jobs. We need to hold Wall Street accountable and make sure they don’t cause another economic collapse. We need to invest in small businesses and support entrepreneurs. And we need to help foster the next generation of Minnesota innovators by investing in research and development.

As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Sen. Smith will build on Minnesota’s proud history of invention and creativity by supporting our classrooms, students, and our workforce. And, as a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Smith will be standing up for consumers, working to ensure fair access to financial services for all Americans, and working to improve the availability of safe, decent, and affordable housing.

Education

Education

Senator Smith believes that a strong public education system, from early childhood to higher education, is one of the most important investments we can make, because education has the power to change lives. A high-quality education empowers and creates opportunity, allowing people to reach their full potential, support their families with good-paying jobs, and become well informed and engaged citizens.

Education provides a strong foundation for our economy and our communities, and it starts with the littlest kids and learners. Senator Smith has worked in response to the childcare shortages in Minnesota, she’s a proud supporter of legislation to provide high-quality affordable childcare to all parents, to support childcare providers, and boost supply in Minnesota.

Sen. Smith believes that every young person has a right to a high-quality K-12 education. She’s introduced legislation to address teacher shortages, particularly in rural areas, hard to staff subject areas, and to help improve teacher workforce diversity. She’s heard again and again from teachers about the challenges their students are facing and so she has championed several measures to support student mental health needs and well-being. When it comes to higher education, Sen. Smith believes that college has become unaffordable for too many. She finds it troubling that the average debt for students graduating from a four-year college in Minnesota is $31,000. She believes we need to rethink this system because it’s not fair to students, and it’s getting so that it is even slowing down our economy.

But Senator Smith also understands that ‘higher education’ doesn’t always mean a 4-year degree. Sen. Smith strongly believes that we need to increase our investments in two-year community and technical colleges, and workforce education overall to ensure that students are well-prepared to meet workforce needs. This type of education will help students obtain the in-demand skills that will help them land good-paying jobs that employers are hiring for now, not in the distant future.

Sen. Smith is also committed to addressing the opportunity gaps that prevent too many students from reaching their full potential. She believes that means ensuring that every student, from LGBTQ youth, to those struggling with a challenging home life, mental health issues, or immigrant Minnesotans’ has the support they need to succeed.

Finally, Sen. Smith understands that outside the classroom our kids are facing many barriers and she strongly supports reforming and expanding the Child Tax Credit to invest in children and reduce child poverty in Minnesota and across the nation.

Environment

Environment

Minnesota—in protecting freshwater resources and leading the way in creating a clean energy economy—has always been at the forefront of crafting responsible environmental policy. And as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Smith carries this spirit to Washington and continues to fight for federal policies that seek to combat climate change, preserve clean air and clean water, and protect our most precious natural landscapes.

Despite the great work being done in states like Minnesota, environmental challenges persist every day. Terrible accidents like the Flint water crisis where cost-cutting measures led to dangerous levels of lead in Michigan homes, and sweeping challenges like climate change, make clear that the federal government has an important role to play in protecting our environment. Ignoring this responsibility would put our natural treasures, our public health, and even our economy at risk.

Part of this responsibility means fighting back against efforts to rollback responsible environmental policy. Decisions like pulling out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark international agreement to address climate change, and undermining a plan to reduce air pollution are both outdated and out of touch with what most Americans want. Sen. Smith will fight back against policies that threaten our environment and our public health, but she stands ready work with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure our environmental policies work better for Minnesotans and all Americans.

Health Care

Healthcare

Senator Smith believes that every person deserves affordable, high-quality health care. As a member of the Senate Health Committee and a leader in the bipartisan Rural Health Caucus, Sen. Smith is fighting to protect, improve, and expand comprehensive health care coverage for Minnesotans.

A top priority for Sen. Smith is addressing the high cost of health care. Too many Minnesotans are burdened by the high cost of their health care coverage, and others are going without insurance or prescription medications. Sen. Smith is working with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address the underlying issues that make health care expensive, starting with the high price of prescription drugs.

While working to make health care more affordable, Sen. Smith is also working to ensure that every Minnesotan has access to mental health care, which she believes is an essential part of comprehensive health coverage. She is working to enforce federal laws that require equitable coverage of mental health and medical care, and she is fighting for expanded access to mental health services across the age continuum.

Sen. Smith also opposes any efforts to limit coverage for Minnesotans, slash Medicaid or Medicare, deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions, and interfere with a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health care. Minnesotans and people across this country rely on their health coverage, and believes that any attempt to take that away is unacceptable.

Finally, Sen. Smith is a champion for rural communities, who face unique barriers that limit their access to quality, affordable health care. As co-chair of the bipartisan Rural Health Caucus, Sen. Smith is working with her colleagues to eliminate the health disparities between rural and urban communities.

Safety

National Security

Minnesota has a proud tradition of being at the forefront of helping to defend our national security. Elements of the Minnesota National Guard led the Allied invasion forces in North Africa and Italy during World War II, they dutifully protected our northern border during the Cold War, and they have been called upon time and again in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to provide warfighting support, medical evacuation, and transportation. Sen. Smith will carry this spirit of leadership and fight for principled national security policies that prudently employ our investments in personnel, technology, and partnerships with our allies for the benefits of our nation.

The U.S. military is the best in the world. However, as the recently released National Defense Review highlighted, the number of threats to our national security is growing. Terrorism, great power competition, and nuclear proliferation will not be easy national security challenges but the way forward is clear. We must continue to invest in personnel, technology, and the partnerships that have been so successful at ensuring our security.

It is also important to recognize that our national security is best served when the military is not our only tool. We must also make effective use of diplomacy and development. Diplomacy is essential if we are going to solve tough security challenges from the Middle East to China and North Korea – without dangerous military conflict. And fostering development is not only good for the communities where it happens – it is good for the U.S. because it promotes stability and prosperity and fosters alliances.

Veterans

Veterans

The men and women who have honorably served our nation in uniform deserve our utmost respect, and when they return home we need to make sure our veterans get the benefits and care they earned. Sen. Tina Smith believes this includes ensuring they’re able to pursue higher education, find housing and good jobs, and helping them heal from the wounds of war and access health care. It also means making sure veterans receive quality, timely care, and that we actively seek out legislative fixes when we find gaps in the law that prevent them from receiving the benefits they’ve justly earned.

In order to do this, Sen. Smith encourages you to reach out to her when you hear about a veteran who needs assistance. Whether it be helping to connect them to services, advocating on their behalf, or working to fix a legislative issues, Sen. Smith is here to help.

Agriculture

Sen. Smith fought for a spot on the Senate Agriculture Committee because ag is the backbone of Minnesota’s economy.

All Minnesotans are impacted by the Farm Bill, and Sen. Smith heard from Minnesotans with backgrounds in farming, rural development, rural health, and nutrition to make sure that all voices were reflected in the final 5-year bill that passed in 2018. That legislation included many provisions that Sen. Smith authored and championed, including improvement to the dairy safety-net program, the legislative roadmap for the energy title, and improvement to USDA conservation programs. It also included many provisions that benefit Minnesota’s native communities and new American communities, like permanent funding for beginning and traditionally under-served farmer outreach programs.

Sen. Smith understands that it’s been a very difficult few years for agriculture, and she believes that the federal government should be giving farmers more support. She’s heard from farmers about the high cost of health care, including access to health care providers and access to mental health care resources, which is why Senator Smith championed the creation of the rural health liaison at the USDA as well as funding for local mental health resources and to expand access to stress reduction and suicide prevention programs.

She also believes it’s important to invest more in Greater Minnesota, and from her leadership post on the Rural Development and Energy Subcommittee, will keep working to expand access to broadband and better infrastructure.
Thousands of Minnesotans are employed in the ethanol and biodiesel industry, selling corn and soybeans to biofuel facilities boosts the incomes of farmers around the state. Biofuels are good for energy security, for our environment, and for our economy, which is why Sen. Smith will advocate for a strong Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program.

Indian Affairs

Sen. Smith is proud to represent and advocate for the seven Ojibwe tribes, the four Dakota tribes, and the vibrant urban indigenous community in Minnesota.

When Senator Smith first joined the Senate, she asked to serve on the Indian Affairs Committee because she’s heard time and time again from leaders in Indian Country who are frustrated that policy decisions are being made without bringing tribes to the table. There are tremendous needs in Indian Country, and Sen. Smith understands that leaders in Indian Country often have answers for how the federal government can step up and fulfill its trust responsibility to tribal communities.

Sen. Smith wants to make sure programs in Indian Country or that directly impact tribes from energy and economy development to health and education are adequately supported. She believes we need to address the effects of the opioid crisis on tribal communities, especially on mothers and children. We need to address the lack of housing in Indian Country, which makes it harder to attract teachers, law enforcement officers, and health care workers that reservations need.

Sen. Smith believes we also need to give tribes the tools to develop their workforce and attract business and investment, while also investing in basic infrastructure like roads and broadband.

Energy

The emerging clean energy economy supports thousands of good-paying jobs in Minnesota and around the country. And wind, solar, and biofuels are helping to reduce carbon emissions, lower energy bills, and support rural economies. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Smith wrote the legislative framework for the Farm Bill Energy Title, and has introduced legislation to support energy storage innovation. Sen. Smith believes that clean energy is a win-win for Minnesota and is committed to fighting for federal policies that support these innovative technologies.

Minnesota has long been a leader in renewable energy. The state ranks eighth in the nation for clean-energy patents, and in the last decade, clean energy startups have attracted more than $450 million in investments to Minnesota. Today, renewable energy accounts for a quarter of all electricity generated in Minnesota–the state is ranked fifth in the nation for solar installations, and nearly 20 percent of our electricity now comes from wind power. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s biofuel industry generates nearly $5 billion for the state economy every year and supports thousands of jobs, all while producing a fuel that is more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Sen. Smith believes that clean energy isn’t just smart environmental policy, it’s smart economic policy. In Minnesota, clean energy sector jobs are growing twice as fast as jobs in other parts of the economy, which is why Sen. Smith is pushing the federal government to follow Minnesota’s lead and do more to accelerate the clean energy transition. She believes we should do this through national clean energy targets, by funding more clean energy research, by extending tax credits that incentivize clean and renewable energy, and by supporting biofuels. You can count on Sen. Smith to continue fighting for these policies in the Senate.

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