From the suburbs to the Senate

3-L&P KlobucharBookby Derek Bartos
Sun Sailor Newspapers

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s first experience with politics wasn’t as an official, but as a mother.

Twenty-four hours after giving birth, she was kicked out of the hospital while her infant daughter remained in intensive care. Determined that this wouldn’t happen to others, Klobuchar became the lead citizen advocate for one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing 48-hour hospital stays for new mothers and their babies.

Later, she ran Minnesota’s biggest prosecutor’s office, and in 2006, she was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.

In “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland,” Klobuchar chronicles her life — from growing up in Plymouth to her journey to Capitol Hill — and all the obstacles along the way.

The book was published Aug. 25 by Henry Holt and Co.

“The book is a story about how someone who grew up middle-class in the suburbs can end up in the U.S. Senate,” Klobuchar said. “It is also about the value of compromise in governing. At a time when our politics has become increasingly polarized, I thought it was important to remember why we have this representative democracy in the first place.”

“It was fun to be able to write about a number of my teachers from the – schools and my friends and neighbors from that time. Everyone from the suburbs is bound to know someone in this story,” she said