Amy Klobuchar

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Birth Name: Amy Jean Klobuchar

Place of Birth: Plymouth, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: May 25, 1960

*Slovenian (father)
*Swiss-German (mother)

Amy Klobuchar is an American politician and attorney. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, since January 3, 2007. She was previously County Attorney of Hennepin County, from January 3, 1999 to January 3, 2007.

She is a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020.

Amy is the daughter of Rose Katherine (Heuberger) and Jim Klobuchar (James John Klobuchar), a journalist, author, columnist, and travel guide. She is married to attorney and professor John Bessler, with whom she has a daughter.

Her father is of Slovene descent, with roots in the White Carniola. Her mother is of Swiss ancestry (with a Swiss-German background).

Amy’s paternal grandfather was Michael Klobuchar (the son of Michael/Mike Klobučar/Klobuchar and Barbara Brozich). Amy’s grandfather Michael was born in Minnesota, to Slovenian parents, with his father being from Tanča Gora, Dragatuš, Črnomelj.

Amy’s paternal grandmother was Mary Pucel (the daughter of Joseph Pucel and Rose Francel). Mary was born in Minnesota, to Slovenian parents.

Amy’s maternal grandfather was named Martin Heuberger. Martin was Swiss.

Amy’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Wuthrich (the daughter of John Wuthrich and Bertha Lutti). Margaret was Swiss. John was the son of Johannes Wuthrich and Elizabeth Krahenbuhl.

Amy is one of several people of significant Slavic ancestry to run or to have run plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major political party’s nomination for President of the United States. Of these candidates, four have won a major party’s caucus and/or primary. The four are:
*Harold Stassen (Republican; in 1944, he won 1 state, Nebraska; in 1948, he won 4 states; in 1952, he won 1 state, Minnesota; Stassen also sought the 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Republican nominations; Stassen’s paternal grandmother was Czech)
*Edmund Muskie (1972; Democratic; won 4 states; Muskie was previously the 1968 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States; he was of Polish descent)
*Tom Harkin (1992; Democratic; won 1 state, Iowa; Harkin’s mother was of Slovene descent)
*John Kasich (Republican; ran in 2000 and 2016: in 2016, he won 1 state, Ohio; Kasich is of Czech or Rusyn, and Croatian descent)

Other people of significant Slavic ancestry who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*George H. Bender (who sought the 1960 Republican nomination; Bender was of Czech descent)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s mother was of Slovak descent)
*Dennis Kucinich (who sought the 2004 and 2008 Democratic nominations; Kucinich’s father was of Croatian descent)
*Gary Johnson (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination, and was the Libertarian Party’s 2012 and 2016 nominee for President of the United States; Johnson’s mother was of Ukrainian descent)
*Tim Pawlenty (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination; Pawlenty’s father was of Polish descent)
*Joe Sestak (who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination; Sestak’s father was of Slovak descent)

Sources: Genealogies of Amy Klobuchar –

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    “Lutti” is an Italian surname

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