After Amy Klobuchar was elected the first Senator from Minnesota in 2006, and following her immense contributions in the Senate as a congresswoman, she has been considered in many quarters as a “rising star” in the democratic sphere of things in America and a possible President of the United States in time to come.
To be where she is today, Senator Amy has certainly come a long way distinguishing herself in character and in action, little wonder many American political bigwigs have touted her for greater things to come. Here, we present to you a concise account of her biography, education and family life.
Amy Klobuchar’s Bio
On May 25, 1960, she was born and named Amy Jean Klobuchar afterward in Plymouth, Minnesota, as a daughter to Rose Katherine (née Heuberger) and her husband James John “Jim” Klobuchar. She has a younger sister with whom she was raised until their parents divorced in 1975 when she was 15. The divorce, however, lasted only but a few years before her parents reconciled.
The divorce may not have been permanent, but it did take a toll on the Klobuchar sisters notably causing the younger daughter to drop out of high school. For this reason, Amy had an estranged relationship with her father – John who at the time was equally an alcoholic until the 1990s when he called it quits with his terrible drinking habit. Following John’s reconciliation with his wife Rose, he was reported as saying he regretted the divorce and the impact it had on his family.
Amy Klobuchar attended Wayzata High School, a public school in Plymouth where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class. After high school, she enrolled at Yale University where she bagged a B.A degree in political science in the year 1982. Following her graduation from Yale, Amy enrolled at the University of Chicago Law School, and in 1985 she earned a Juris Doctor degree to feather her academic cap with another accomplishment.
For a long time coming, Amy Klobuchar had always shown that there was more to her than in every other American girl. In college, she was a member of a feminist caucus known as Yale College Democrats and also worked as an intern for Senator Walter Mondale in addition to being a member the improv troupe Suddenly Susan.
Her Career in Law and Politics
Following her graduation from law school, Amy began practicing at as a partner in Dorsey & Whitney and Gray Plant Mooty law firms at various times. She became the Hennepin County attorney in 1998, won Attorney of the Year in 2001, was reelected Hennepin County attorney in 2002 and rose to become the President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association beginning from November 2002 to November 2003.
Amy Klobuchar ventured into politics in the year 2005 in a contest for the Minnesota senate seat after Democrat Mark Dayton announced he would not seek reelection. Amy got recognized as a favorite to slug it out with Mark Kennedy of the Republican Party, Robert Fitzgerald of the Independence Party, Ben Powers the Constitution candidate, and Michael Cavlan the Green Party contender. She defeated all four to emerge as the first woman to be elected to the U.S Senate from Minnesota.
Klobuchar won a second term in office as a Senator after defeating State Representative Kurt Bills with twice the percentage of votes he polled. She has since her first political victory contributed immensely in the scheme of things in America especially where it pertains to being a congresswoman.
Senator Amy Klobuchar has notably served in various committee’s like Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Committee on Rules and Administration among others. Amy has remained most vocal for her political positions on issues like gun control, human trafficking, cannabis, and crime control.
Family Life – Husband, and Daughter
Senator Amy Klobuchar comes from a family of immigrants. On her paternal side, her father’s grandparents came from Slovenia while on her maternal side, her grandparents were from Switzerland. Her dad worked as an author, sportswriter, and columnist for the Star Tribune while her mother was a teacher who retired at the ripe age of 70 from teaching second grade. It can be said, fairly accurately, that Amy and her younger sister come from a modest family and she has through sheer hard work and perseverance grown to be where she is today and still yearning for greater heights.
The Plymouth, Minnesota born senator is a married woman since 1993 and shares one daughter named Abigail Klobuchar Bessler with her husband. She is married to John Bessler (born October 23, 1967); an attorney and professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Bessler is from Mankato, Minnesota, an old boy of Loyola High School and a graduate of the University of Minnesota. The union between the two has been going on strong for years with no rumors of divorce or any of such thing that could drag the family name in the mud.