Long before Amy Klobuchar stepped onto the national stage, she was a kid from Plymouth.
After graduating from college and law school, she worked at two Minneapolis law firms before considering politics. And she almost never got here at all, barely defeating her opponent in her first run for office.
Now, of course, Klobuchar is Minnesota's third-term United States senator, and on Sunday, she became one of more than a dozen Democrats interested in taking on President Trump in 2020.
As she takes her case to the voters, Klobuchar, 58, will highlight her Midwestern upbringing as part of her recipe for success: She can appeal to voters in America's heartland, where Trump found success in 2016.
Here's a look at Klobuchar's life, from growing up in suburban Minnesota to her presidential campaign launch in Minneapolis.
Growing up in suburban Plymouth
Klobuchar is born to parents Rose Katharine and Jim Klobuchar. She spent her childhood in suburban Plymouth, Minn. Her father was a local columnist and her mother was a elementary school teacher.
Interning for then-Vice President Walter Mondale
Klobuchar interns for Vice President Walter Mondale in the last year of the Carter-Mondale administration. Mondale became a key mentor and supporter throughout her political career.
Graduating from Yale University
She graduates from Yale University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her senior thesis was a 250-page history of the politics of constructing the Metrodome in Minneapolis that was later published as her first book, “Uncovering the Dome.”
Joining a law firm after law school
After Yale, she attends the University of Chicago, graduating with her juris doctorate. She joins the Dorsey & Whitney law firm in private practice four months after graduating from law school. At Dorsey, Klobuchar carves out a niche for herself working on regulatory work in telecommunications law.
Marrying John Bessler, leaving Dorsey & Whitney law firm
After meeting a year earlier at the Coyote Cafe in Minneapolis, Klobuchar marries John Bessler. Klobuchar leaves Dorsey & Whitney for Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, where she continues her work with telecommunications clients.
Considers running for Hennepin County attorney
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman seeks the endorsement for governor, so Klobuchar decides to run for his job as county attorney. But Freeman doesn’t get the party nod for governor and runs instead for another term as county attorney. Klobuchar backs out of the race.
Gives birth to her daughter, Abigail
Klobuchar gives birth to her daughter, who has a rare condition where she cannot swallow. Klobuchar must leave the hospital 24 hours later, an experience that prompts her to testify before the state Legislature in support of a bill that allows mothers to stay in the hospital for 48 hours. It’s now a federal requirement.
Elected Hennepin County attorney
Klobuchar is elected Hennepin County attorney, beating her Republican opponent, Sheryl Ramstad Hvass, by less than 1 percent.
Leads effort to change charge for repeat drunken driving
As county attorney, Klobuchar leads the effort to change state law that made it possible to charge a felony crime for a repeat drunk driving offender.
Re-elected with no opposition
She is re-elected to the job of top county attorney with no opposition.
Prosecuting Kirby Puckett for sexual assault
In one of the most high-profile cases during her career, Klobuchar’s office prosecuted Kirby Puckett, a retired Minnesota Twins player and hero in two world championships. He faces an allegation of dragging woman into a restroom and groping her, but the jury acquits Puckett on multiple charges.
Serving as surrogate of John Kerry's campaign
Klobuchar is a surrogate of Sen. John Kerry’s campaign for president. She travels the state to speak to groups and voters on his behalf.
Decides to run for U.S. Senate
Mark Dayton announces he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate. Klobuchar considers running for attorney general, but she decides on the Senate instead after encouragement from her mentor, Mondale. She is recognized early as a favorite for the DFL nomination.
Becomes first Minnesota woman elected to U.S. Senate
Klobuchar earns the DFL Party’s backing for the Senate and wins the general election, defeating Republican Mark Kennedy and three other candidates. She becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate from Minnesota.
Passing bill to fund rebuilding I-35W bridge
The I-35W bridge collapses in the middle of rush hour traffic on a hot August day. She returns to Minneapolis, saying, “A bridge just shouldn’t fall down.” Two days later, Klobuchar and other members of the state delegation secure passage of a bill that waives a federal funding limit to start rebuilding the bridge.
Visits Iraq as Bush's troop surge gets underway
Endorses Barack Obama in Democratic presidential primary