Amy Klobuchar From Wikipedia
Amy Jean Klobuchar (/ˈkloʊbəʃɑːr/; born May 25, 1960) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), Minnesota’s affiliate of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the Hennepin County Attorney. In February 2019, she announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2020 election.
Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She was a partner at two Minneapolis law firms before being elected county attorney for Hennepin County in 1998, making her responsible for all criminal prosecution in Minnesota’s most populous county. Klobuchar was first elected to the Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota’s first elected female United States Senator, and reelected in 2012 and 2018. In 2009 and 2010 she was described as a “rising star” in the Democratic Party.
Her first foray into politics came after she gave birth and was forced to leave the hospital 24 hours later, a situation exacerbated by the fact that Klobuchar’s daughter, Abigail, was born with a disorder that prevented her from swallowing. The experience led Klobuchar to appear before the Minnesota State Legislature, advocating for a bill that would guarantee new mothers a 48-hour hospital stay. Minnesota passed the bill, and President Clinton later made the policy federal law.
Full information regarding the forced leaving from the hospital after the birth is as follows, from Elle Magazine:
“Amy’s only child was born with a condition that kept her from being able to swallow. For three years she had to be fed through a stomach tube. But 24 hours after she was born, “they threw me out of the hospital, which is horrible even if your baby’s not sick,” Amy recalls, sipping a glass of chardonnay with a group of women after the Eastcliff speech. That was when she, then “just” a working mom, albeit a corporate lawyer mom, used her lawyer contacts to get an audience before the state legislature and successfully lobbied Minnesota to pass one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing new moms and their babies a 48-hour hospital stay. Her first foray into governance was quite a success: President Clinton later made it a federal law. “I had to go and testify about things like your water breaking,” she says, “so I told them very detailed things to make them feel squeamish so they’d pass the bill the right way.” But the best part, Amy says with relish, was “when some lobbyists wanted to delay the time until the bill took effect.” So she took six of her “closest pregnant friends” with her to appear before the legislature. “When they asked when this bill should take effect, all my pregnant friends raised their hands and said, `Now.’ ” Of course, it worked.” (end quote from Elle Magazine).