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Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Senate Democratic Steering Committee Chair and Senator for Minnesota

pronounced AY-mee // KLOH-buh-shar

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.

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.

Klobuchar is running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in office:

Photo of Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Klobuchar.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Nov 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Amy Klobuchar sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Klobuchar was the primary sponsor of 33 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 33 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Klobuchar sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (19%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Commerce (12%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) Taxation (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Klobuchar’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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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.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Klobuchar voted Nay

Klobuchar voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Klobuchar voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Klobuchar voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Klobuchar voted Nay

Bill Passed 64/35 on Mar 31, 2014.

Section 212 of this bill pushed back the deadline to implement the ICD-10 code set to October 1, 2015. The Cutting Costly Codes Act of ...

Klobuchar voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Nov 2019, Klobuchar missed 139 of 3,953 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: