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 May 10, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Amy Klobuchar sits on the following committees:
Klobuchar was the primary sponsor of 36 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 422: Senate Shared Employee Act
- S. 4674 (116th): Strengthening Medicaid Coverage of MAT Act
- S. 191 (116th): Burn Pits Accountability Act
- S. 3749 (115th): Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
- S. 3021 (115th): America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
- S. 2952 (115th): Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
- S. 96 (115th): Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017
Does 36 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:
Health (21%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Commerce (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Taxation (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (10%) International Affairs (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)
Some of Klobuchar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1425: A bill to enable the Federal Trade Commission to deter filing of sham ...
- S. 1428: A bill to prohibit brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies ...
- S. 1393: A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out training ...
- S. 1281: A bill to update the blood donation public awareness campaign of the Department ...
- S.Res. 170: A resolution relating to the death of Walter Frederick Mondale, former Vice President ...
- S.Res. 158: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
- S. 1026: American Apprenticeship Act
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 May 2021, Klobuchar missed 244 of 4,499 roll call votes, which is 5.4%. This is much worse than the median of 1.6% 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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