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:
- What can GovTrack data tell us about the thirteen most recent and current Members of Congress running for President? [updated May 3, 2019]
- Health and Criminal Justice legislation introduced by the candidates [updated May 1, 2019]
- Oversight and Immigration legislation introduced by the candiates [updated May 20, 2019]
- Finance and Economy legislation introduced by the candidates [update May 31, 2019]
Read our 2018 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 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
Amy Klobuchar sits on the following committees:
- Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
- Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration
- Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
- Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
- Joint Economic Committee
- Joint Committee on the Library
- Joint Committee on Printing
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Member, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources
- Member, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
- Member, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
Klobuchar was the primary sponsor of 33 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3749 (115th): Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
- S. 3021: America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
- S. 2952: Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
- S. 96: Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017
- S. 1536: Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act
- S. 182: Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act
- S. 83: Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act
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).
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%)
Some of Klobuchar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2726: Help America Run Act
- S. 2669: Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy Act
- S.Res. 359: A resolution authorizing the use of the atrium in the Philip A. Hart ...
- S.Res. 353: A resolution recognizing September 24, 2019, as “National Voter Registration Day”.
- S. 2535: Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Act
- S. 2493: Combatting Foreign Influence Act of 2019
- S. 2424: EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2019
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 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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