Amy Klobuchar is US Senator from Minnesota and the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. She has a reputation of putting impartiality aside to support families, workers and business and strengthen the economy. She was ranked her as the “most effective” Democratic senator in the 115th Congress by Vanderbilt University. Before serving in the Senate, Klobuchar managed the largest prosecutor’s office in Minnesota for eight years with focus on violent criminals as well as white collar crime. Important details about the Democrat regarding her net worth, salary, biography, awards, etc are provided here in this article.
Amy Klobuchar Salary & Net Worth 2023
|$2 million (est.)
Amy Klobuchar Personal Information
Amy Klobuchar was born on May 25, 1960 in Plymouth, Minnesota to Rose Klobuchar and Jim Klobuchar. Her father was a retired sportswriter and columnist for the Star Tribune and her mother taught second grade until she retired at age 70. Klobuchar’s parents got divorced when she was 15 damaging her relationship with her father. Amy is also a cousin of musician Zola Jesus.
Klobuchar is married to John Bessler since 1993 andtogether they have one daughter. Bessler is himself a private practice attorney and a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law while their daughter is a graduate from Yale University who worked as a legislative director for New York councilman Keith Powers.
|Amy Jean Klobuchar
|Years active (in office)
|1999 – present
|Yale University (BA), University of Chicago (JD)
|Place of birth
|Plymouth, Minnesota, U.S.
|Date of birth
|May 25, 1960
|John Bessler (1993 – present)
|No. of children
|Rose Klobuchar (mother) Jim Klobuchar (father)
Amy Klobuchar Political Career
US senator Mark Dayton announced in early 2005 that he would not seek reelection, thus giving Klobuchar an opportunity to join politics full-fledged. Amy got the DFL nomination for the 2006 election and gained the support of the majority of DFL state legislators in Minnesota during the primary elections.
Klobuchar faced Independence Party candidate Robert Fitzgerald, Republican candidate Mark Kennedy, Green Party candidate Michael Cavlan and Constitution candidate Ben Powers in the general election.
Not only she led in the polls throughout the campaign, but finally won with 58% of the vote to become the first woman to be elected US senator from Minnesota. Klobuchar won a second term in the US Senate in 2012 and again in 2018.
Klobuchar’s 2020 presidential campaign
Klobuchar declared her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential election in February 2019. However, not very later in March 2020, Klobuchar suspended her campaign and started endorsing Joe Biden.
It was also reported in May 2020 that when Biden asked Klobuchar to get formal vetting for the post of his vice-presidential running mate, she withdrew herself stating that Biden should choose a woman of color.
Awards and honors
Amy Klobuchar is the recipient of multiple awards and honors for her service to the people. Check out some of the prestigious accolades awarded to Klobuchar:
- In 2001, the Minnesota Lawyer named Amy Klobuchar the “Attorney of the Year”.
- She received a leadership award from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving for advocating for successful passing Minnesota’s first felony DWI law.
- The American Prospect named her a “woman to watch” while Working Mother named her 2008 “Best in Congress” for her focus on working families.
- In 2012, Klobuchar was awarded with the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award.
- She was one of the recipients of the Agricultural Retailers Association’s 2012 Legislator of the Year Award.
- In 2013, Amy received a Friend of CACFP award for her leadership in passing the Healthy Hunger Free Kids act.
- Klobuchar received the 2014 Friends of Farm Bureau Award from the Minnesota branch of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
- The National Consumers League honored Klobuchar in 2015 with the Trumpeter Award.
- Goodwill Industries awarded her with the Goodwill Policymaker Award for her commitment to the nonprofit sector.
- Klobuchar received the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers in 2017.
- In 2021, Klobuchar got the Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Association of American Publishers.
Frequently Asked Questions
$1.5 million (approx)
Amy assumed the office of United States Senator from Minnesota in January 2007 and has been serving ever since.
Amy had been diagnosed with Stage 1A breast cancer in February 2021. After successful treatment, she was declared cancer-free in August 2021.