Sen. Amy Klobuchar is arguably one of the most powerful women in the Senate. How does she keep it real?
ACCOMPLISHED AMY: 1995-2011
1995: Booted out of the hospital 24 hours after her daughter was born, Klobuchar decides to advocate for a law guaranteeing new moms and their babies a 48-hour hospital stay. This experience inspires her to enter public service.
1999-2006: As Hennepin County attorney, she helps pass Minnesota’s first felony DWI law, sponsors safe-schools initiative, and advocates for prosecuting violent and career criminals more severely.
2006: Becomes the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate.
2007-2008: Takes the lead in Senate ethics reform to limit travel junkets and increase public exposure of lobbying activities. After the I-35W bridge collapse, she secures $250 million of disaster aid in 24 hours.
2007-2008: After a child’s death,
she pens the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act, banning the use of lead in toys.
the Cell Phone Early Termination Fee, Transparency, and Fairness Act, limiting contract cancellation fees.
2010: Passes the
International Adoption Simplification Act, allowing U.S. parents to adopt children who are siblings, even if one of those children is between the ages of 16 and 18.
2010: Passes the
Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, establishing national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products.
2011-2012: Helps Pass
patent reform legislation to spur innovation, as well as the Export Promotion Act. She is currently involved in legislation to ban synthetic designer street drugs, ensure supplies of prescription and chemo drugs, and secure full benefits for Minnesota soldiers serving in Kuwait.