A champion for Minnesota families
Amy Klobuchar won her race to continue representing Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. Amy’s roots in her home state run deep. Her grandfather was a miner in northern Minnesota’s Iron Range and Amy grew up in the Twin Cities suburbs, the daughter of a school teacher and a newspaperman for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Amy went to college at Yale University and to law school at the University of Chicago, working her way through school with summer jobs on a road construction crew and answering the phones in a public defender’s office. After law school, Amy moved home to Minnesota, where she worked as a lawyer and partner in two of the state’s leading firms before successfully running for Hennepin County prosecutor at age 38.
When Amy’s daughter Abigail was born, she was diagnosed with a medical condition that required her to be fed through a tube for the first year and a half of her life. Amy quickly learned, however, that her insurance wouldn’t cover a post-natal hospital stay longer than 24 hours, so she was forced to leave Abigail behind in the hospital. As a first-time, working mom, Amy hadn’t yet been elected to political office, but the experience prompted her to get involved and successfully advocate for the Minnesota state legislature to pass one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing coverage for 48-hour hospital stays for new mothers and their babies. In 2006, with the help of EMILY’s List, Amy was elected to the U.S. Senate, where she quickly emerged as one of the strongest champions we’ve ever had in the Senate. During her first Senate campaign, Amy promised to always “put the interests of the many ahead of the interests of a few.” She has consistently delivered on that promise in Congress, and we know that we can count on her to keep standing up for working women and families of all backgrounds — and against all odds.
A fighter who gets results
Amy is one of the toughest fighters we have in Congress, leading efforts to protect consumer safety, ensure economic fairness for our families, and combat violence against women and sex trafficking. In the Senate, Amy has been a strong advocate for strengthening Medicare and expanding access to health care for children and families, including through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She also worked tirelessly to ensure that the Affordable Care Act included provisions to expand access to breast cancer screenings and make sure people weren’t kicked off their health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. We need Amy standing up for us in the Senate now more than ever.
Victory in a swing state
Amy is no stranger to tough fights. When she ran her first race for Hennepin County prosecutor, she was outspent two to one, running against a well-funded opponent whom she defeated by less than one percent in the same year that Jesse Ventura was elected governor. When Amy ran for the Senate in 2006, she faced an entrenched Republican opponent — and carried 79 out of Minnesota’s 87 counties — becoming the first woman ever elected to represent her home state in the Senate. With a future that’s clouded with uncertainty under Donald Trump’s administration, we know one thing for sure: We’ve never needed leaders like Amy more than we do now.