Amy Klobuchar (D) is running for re-election in the Senate. Senator Klobuchar was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and was the first woman Senator to represent Minnesota. During her tenure, Senator Klobuchar has gained national recognition. In 2008, she was named "Best in Congress" by Working Mother Magazine for her work on behalf of working families. The Washington Post called her a "rising star". She has gained a reputation as a serious legislator and women's rights groups know that they can count on her as a strong leader for women's rights issues.
- Former partner in two of Minnesota's leading law firms
- Prosecutor for Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, 1998-2006
- Former President of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association
- Elected to U.S. Senate, 2006
Klobuchar's Positions on Key Issues:
- Klobuchar is a strong supporter of women's reproductive rights and has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro Choice America and Planned Parenhood.
- She is one of two women on the Judiciary Committee where she voted for the Supreme Court Appointments of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor
- Defender of lesbian and gay rights, she opposed a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage and supported the Employment Nondiscrimination Act prohibiting discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation
- Outspoken on pay equity issues and a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act
Opponents: Republican nominee State Representative Kurt Bills is anti-choice and voted in the Minnesota House to ban same-sex marriage.
Other Endorsements: Emily's List, Women's Campaign Forum