Seeking her second term in the U.S. Senate, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar has proven she deserves voters’ approval for another six-year term.
Perhaps the state’s most popular political figure, the former prosecutor has proven to be tough, compassionate, effective, responsive and a collaborative partner at home and in Washington, D.C.
The senator’s low-key, congenial style has served her well. But don’t be fooled by Minnesota nice. When it comes to issues about which she is passionate, Klobuchar can be tough and focused. Those qualities, which balance, go to the heart of effective representation for her state and in her work on matters of national import.
Perhaps her experiences, growing up on the Iron Range and serving as Hennepin County’s chief prosecutor, help her relate to Minnesotans— rural and urban alike— so well.
Klobuchar has tackled big issues of state and national significance without losing track of her roots. Her first term in D.C. has been filled with working and fighting — and successes.
Like bringing broadband to rural Minnesota. And curbing excessive price speculation in oil markets, something that artificially drives up gas prices. And encouraging international tourism by shortening the excessively long time it takes for foreign travelers to receive U.S. tourist vistas. She has been on the front lines at the federal level in what has become a national struggle against dangerous synthetic drugs. With Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Chip Cravaack, she supported legislation to make sure deployed Minnesota guardsmen fighting overseas received days off and other benefits they were promised on their returned.
After a shooting at the courthouse in Grand Marias, she joined others in sponsoring a bill to address security concerns in smaller, more-rural courthouses.
Klobuchar frequently travels the state, touching all corners and meeting with constituents, and the Northwoods is no exception. The senator’s coffee-shop style of conversation puts constituents at ease, giving common Minnesotans a powerful, reasoned voice in D.C.
Klobuchar is the embodiment of the kind of elected officials Minnesotans appreciate and respect, regardless of political affiliation. Perhaps working for former vice president and Sen. Walter Mondale helped mold her style.
It’s a formula that works because it is sensible, pragmatic and authentic.
The senator’s opponent, legislator and high school economics teacher Kurt Bills, has conducted a nearly invisible campaign that seems to sing one note. His theme has been to teach Minnesotans Economics 101, as if they need basic instruction.
Like Klobuchar, Bills talks about a way forward. His includes an unspecified “great compromise.”
Hers includes an educational system that fills the jobs of tomorrow. And it includes fiscal stability.
Congress could use more of the Klobuchar way. Minnesotans would do well to give her a second term in the U.S. Senate.