Klobuchar is the senior senator from Minnesota and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 4, 2007. Klobuchar is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025.
She is also Senate Democratic Steering Committee Chair, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Klobuchar.
Klobuchar is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Klobuchar has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Nov 19, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Amy Klobuchar sits on the following committees:
- Joint Committee on Printing Chair
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Chair
- Joint Committee on the Library Vice Chair
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Joint Economic Committee
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Klobuchar was the primary sponsor of 41 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2063: A bill to award four congressional gold medals to the United States Capitol Police and those who protected the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
- S. 422: Senate Shared Employee Act
- S. 18: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 229 Minnetonka Avenue South in Wayzata, Minnesota, as the “Jim Ramstad Post Office”.
- S. 4674 (116th): Strengthening Medicaid Coverage of MAT Act
- S. 1640 (116th): Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019
- S. 1183 (116th): Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019
- S. 191 (116th): Burn Pits Accountability Act
Does 41 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Klobuchar sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (20%) Health (20%) Commerce (17%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Taxation (10%) International Affairs (7%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)
Some of Klobuchar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3267: A bill to reform the antitrust laws to better protect competition in the …
- S. 3236: Reforming Broadband Connectivity Act of 2021
- S. 3259: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to recognize Indian …
- S. 3197: Platform Competition and Opportunity Act of 2021
- S. 3157: Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act
- S. 3156: Federal Agency Climate PREP Act of 2021
- S. 3098: Preventive Care Awareness Act of 2021
As Senate Democratic Steering Committee Chair, Klobuchar may be focused on her responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting her party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2007 to Nov 2021, Klobuchar missed 245 of 4,789 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.
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