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US Sen. Amy Klobuchar poses for a portrait in Washington in January 2019. She has been in Congress since 2007.

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US Sen. Amy Klobuchar poses for a portrait in Washington in January 2019. She has been in Congress since 2007.

Klobuchar was born in Plymouth, Minnesota, in 1960. Her mother, Rose, was a teacher, and her father, Jim, was a columnist for the Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper.

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Klobuchar was born in Plymouth, Minnesota, in 1960. Her mother, Rose, was a teacher, and her father, Jim, was a columnist for the Star Tribune, Minnesota’s largest newspaper.

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Klobuchar was magna cum laude at Yale University, earning a bachelor's degree in political science. During college, she worked as an intern for Vice President Walter Mondale. In 1985, Klobuchar earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Klobuchar was magna cum laude at Yale University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. During college, she worked as an intern for Vice President Walter Mondale. In 1985, Klobuchar earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Klobuchar married attorney and professor John Bessler in 1993.

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Klobuchar married attorney and professor John Bessler in 1993.

Klobuchar holds her daughter, Abigail, in 1995. At the time, Klobuchar was a partner at a Minneapolis law firm.

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Klobuchar holds her daughter, Abigail, in 1995. At the time, Klobuchar was a partner at a Minneapolis law firm.

In 1998, Klobuchar was elected as the attorney of Minnesota's Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis. She held that position until running for the US Senate.

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In 1998, Klobuchar was elected as the attorney of Minnesota’s Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis. She held that position until running for the US Senate.

Klobuchar celebrates with her husband and daughter after she was elected to the Senate in November 2006. Klobuchar won 58% of the vote to become the state's first-ever female senator.

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Klobuchar celebrates with her husband and daughter after she was elected to the Senate in November 2006. Klobuchar won 58% of the vote to become the state’s first-ever female senator.

Klobuchar participates in a ceremonial swearing-in with Vice President Dick Cheney in January 2007.

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Klobuchar participates in a ceremonial swearing-in with Vice President Dick Cheney in January 2007.

Klobuchar holds a toy train with lead paint as she testifies before a Senate subcommittee about toy safety standards in September 2007.

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Klobuchar holds a toy train with lead paint as she testifies before a Senate subcommittee about toy safety standards in September 2007.

Klobuchar and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty survey homes that were destroyed by a storm in Hugo, Minnesota, in May 2008.

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Klobuchar and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty survey homes that were destroyed by a storm in Hugo, Minnesota, in May 2008.

Klobuchar test-drives an electric vehicle to the US Capitol in June 2008.

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Klobuchar test-drives an electric vehicle to the US Capitol in June 2008.

Klobuchar talks on her cell phone as she rides the Capitol subway in July 2008.

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Klobuchar talks on her cell phone as she rides the Capitol subway in July 2008.

Klobuchar, fifth from left, joins other female senators on stage at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.

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Klobuchar, fifth from left, joins other female senators on stage at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.

Klobuchar shows off her shoes to the press as she attends a White House dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in June 2011.

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Klobuchar shows off her shoes to the press as she attends a White House dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel in June 2011.

In March 2013, Klobuchar and US Sen. Al Franken attend a Senate hearing about a measure that would reinstate a ban on assault weapons.

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In March 2013, Klobuchar and US Sen. Al Franken attend a Senate hearing about a measure that would reinstate a ban on assault weapons.

Klobuchar gets on an elevator on Capitol Hill in October 2013.

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Klobuchar gets on an elevator on Capitol Hill in October 2013.

Klobuchar delivers a keynote address to the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation's

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Klobuchar delivers a keynote address to the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation’s “Good Jobs, Green Jobs” conference in February 2014.

Klobuchar listens as Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies during a Senate hearing in May 2014.

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Klobuchar listens as Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies during a Senate hearing in May 2014.

Klobuchar, right, is joined by other female senators as she testifies during a Senate subcommittee hearing about violence and discrimination against women.

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Klobuchar, right, is joined by other female senators as she testifies during a Senate subcommittee hearing about violence and discrimination against women.

Klobuchar walks through Statuary Hall on her way back to the Senate following a joint meeting of Congress in April 2015.

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Klobuchar walks through Statuary Hall on her way back to the Senate following a joint meeting of Congress in April 2015.

Klobuchar appears on television during a hearing about the avian flu in July 2015.

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Klobuchar appears on television during a hearing about the avian flu in July 2015.

Klobuchar and several of her Senate colleagues attend a photo shoot for National Seersucker Day in June 2016.

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Klobuchar and several of her Senate colleagues attend a photo shoot for National Seersucker Day in June 2016.

Klobuchar speaks at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.

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Klobuchar speaks at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.

Klobuchar, right, talks with Sen. Debbie Stabenow in a Capitol Hill hallway in November 2016.

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Klobuchar, right, talks with Sen. Debbie Stabenow in a Capitol Hill hallway in November 2016.

Klobuchar, in the lime-green jacket, joins two other US senators as they pose with Ukrainian service members in December 2016. To the right of Klobuchar are US Sen. John McCain, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Klobuchar, in the lime-green jacket, joins two other US senators as they pose with Ukrainian service members in December 2016. To the right of Klobuchar are US Sen. John McCain, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Klobuchar helps count Electoral College votes during a joint session of Congress in January 2016.

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Klobuchar helps count Electoral College votes during a joint session of Congress in January 2016.

During the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Klobuchar takes a selfie with, from left, US Sens. Chris Van Hollen, John McCain and Bernie Sanders.

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During the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Klobuchar takes a selfie with, from left, US Sens. Chris Van Hollen, John McCain and Bernie Sanders.

Klobuchar and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee attend a hearing about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018.

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Klobuchar and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee attend a hearing about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018.

Klobuchar is joined by her husband and daughter as Vice President Mike Pence administers the Senate oath of office in January 2019. Klobuchar was just starting her third term in office.

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Klobuchar is joined by her husband and daughter as Vice President Mike Pence administers the Senate oath of office in January 2019. Klobuchar was just starting her third term in office.

Klobuchar, left, takes a photo with US Sen. Tammy Baldwin, center, and US Rep. Ilhan Omar before the State of the Union address in February 2019.

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Klobuchar, left, takes a photo with US Sen. Tammy Baldwin, center, and US Rep. Ilhan Omar before the State of the Union address in February 2019.

Klobuchar announces her presidential bid on a snowy day in Minneapolis in February 2019.

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Klobuchar announces her presidential bid on a snowy day in Minneapolis in February 2019.

A person sits with Klobuchar's memoir during a Klobuchar campaign stop in Albia, Iowa, in February 2019.

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A person sits with Klobuchar’s memoir during a Klobuchar campaign stop in Albia, Iowa, in February 2019.

Klobuchar gestures during the first Democratic debates in June 2019.

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Klobuchar gestures during the first Democratic debates in June 2019.

Klobuchar speaks during an event in Hanover, New Hampshire, in February 2020. She finished third in the New Hampshire primary. It was her highest finish of the campaign.

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Klobuchar speaks during an event in Hanover, New Hampshire, in February 2020. She finished third in the New Hampshire primary. It was her highest finish of the campaign.

Klobuchar endorses former Vice President Joe Biden in March 2020.

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Klobuchar endorses former Vice President Joe Biden in March 2020.

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Klobuchar pays her respects to George Floyd before a memorial service in Minneapolis in June 2020.

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Here is a look at the life of Amy Klobuchar, US senator from Minnesota and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

Birth date: May 25, 1960

Birth place: Plymouth, Minnesota

Birth name: Amy Jean Klobuchar

Father: Jim Klobuchar, Star Tribune columnist

Mother: Rose (Heuberger) Klobuchar, teacher

Marriage: John Bessler (1993-present)

Children: Abigail

Education: Yale University, B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, 1982; University of Chicago Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985

Religion: Congregationalist (United Church of Christ)

Her last name is pronounced KLOW-buh-shar.

Has noted that she visits all 87 counties in Minnesota annually.

Klobuchar’s daughter was born with a condition that prevented her from swallowing. Due to health insurance coverage rules at the time, Klobuchar had to leave the hospital after a 24-hour stay while her daughter remained. Klobuchar later testified before the Minnesota state legislature to successfully change the law ensuring new mothers a 48-hour stay covered by insurance. In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed similar legislation requiring insurance companies cover hospital stays for new mothers for at least 48 hours.

Has spoken and written about her father’s battle with alcoholism, and its effect on their family.

1980 – During college, works as an intern for Vice President Walter Mondale.

1985-1993 – Attorney, and later partner at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis.

1986 – “Uncovering the Dome,” Klobuchar’s senior thesis at Yale chronicling the 10-year political battle to build the Metrodome in Minneapolis, is published as a book.

1993-1998 – Partner at the law firm Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett in Minneapolis.

1998-2006 – Elected as Hennepin County attorney in a close race and is reelected with no competition in 2002.

November 7, 2006 – Becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate from Minnesota.

January 2007-present – Democratic US Senator from Minnesota, winning reelection in 2012 and 2018.

January 2015 – Joins the Senate Democratic leadership team when she becomes chair of the Steering and Outreach Committee.

August 2015 – Klobuchar’s book, “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland,” is published.

February 10, 2019 – Announces her presidential bid at a snowy, freezing outdoor event in Minneapolis.

March 2, 2020 – Klobuchar ends her presidential bid and endorses former Vice President Joe Biden.

June 18, 2020 – Klobuchar removes herself from consideration to be Biden’s running mate, citing the ongoing national discussion about racial injustice and police brutality to suggest the former vice president should choose a woman of color.

April 27, 2021 – Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age” is published.

September 9, 2021 – Klobuchar announces in a post on Medium that she had been diagnosed and was successfully treated for breast cancer earlier this year.

January 2022 – Klobuchar travels to Ukraine with six other US senators to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky amid the looming threat of a potential Russian invasion of the country. In March, Klobuchar meets with Ukrainian troops and refugees in Poland.