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 unless re-elected.
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 a potential running mate for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. We compared the legislative records of the potential running mates who served in Congress.
Klobuchar is/was running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in Congress:
- 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 2019 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 Aug 3, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Amy Klobuchar sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Ranking Member
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee Ranking Member
- Joint Economic Committee
- Joint Committee on the Library
- Joint Committee on Printing
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Klobuchar was the primary sponsor of 34 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 191: Burn Pits Accountability Act
- 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
Does 34 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 (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Commerce (13%) Taxation (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Transportation and Public Works (8%)
Some of Klobuchar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4179: Plasma Donation Awareness Act
- S. 4131: Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act
- S. 4033: Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020
- S. 3972: COVID-19 Dependent Care Flexible Spending Arrangement Rollover Act of 2020
- S. 3943: Senior Corps Distance Volunteering Act
- S. 3956: End Police Use of Chokeholds Act of 2020
- S. 3868: Pandemic Care for Burn Pits Exposure Act of 2020
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 Aug 2020, Klobuchar missed 233 of 4,180 roll call votes, which is 5.6%. 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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