updated June 11, 2019)
Candidate Amy Klobuchar timeline
Husband John Bessler
(Feb. 2019) Partner at New Partners from Jan. 2013. Campaign manager and deputy campaign manager on Klobuchar's 2012 re-election, Dec. 2010-Dec. 2012 and first worked on her 2006 campaign. Worked on Mark Dayton's 2014 and 2010 gubernatorial campaigns, John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz's re-election. Field organizer in Blaine for the Kerry/DFL campaign. B.S. in political science from University of St. Thomas. twitter
Deputy Campaign Manager Julia
2019) Chief of staff in
Klobuchar's Senate office, Aug. 2017-Feb. 2019. Head of
communications at the Sheryl
Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017. Deputy
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, Apr.
2015-Aug. 2016. Deputy chief of staff, communications director,
press secretary to Sen. Klobuchar, 2011-15. Senior advisor on
Mark Dayton for Minnesota, Sept.-Nov. 2014. Deputy press
secretary for regional media for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and
Communications Center, Jan.-June. 2011. Deputy press secretary to
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, 2009-11. Press secretary on U.S. Sen. Tim
Johnson's (SD) re-election campaign, June-Nov. 2008. Bachelor's
degree from Harvard University, 2008.
(Feb. 2019) Attorney at
Greene Espel PLLP from Feb. 2019. A candidate for Minnesota
Attorney General but withdrew before the Aug. 2018 primary. St.
Paul city attorney from mid-April 2015. Minnesota state director
and counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee to Sen. Klobuchar.
Joined the law firm of Green Espel in 2009. Clerked for Hon.
Michael J. Davis, who at the time was the Chief Judge of the United
States District Court for the District of Minnesota. J.D. from Yale Law
School, 2008; undergraduate degree from Harvard College, 2005.
(Feb. 2019) Co-founder (2003) and
executive director for seven years of
Wellstone Action, a 501(c)(4). Minnesota state director on
Obama's 2012 and 2008 campaigns. Senior advisor to Amy
Klobuchar’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2006. Oversaw
get-out-the-vote efforts in Minnesota for Kerry/Edwards in 2004.
Thirteen years as a senior aide, advisor, and campaign manager to the
late Sen. Paul Wellstone; ran all three of Wellstone’s Senate
races. Began his career as a community organizer working with
family farmers during the farm crisis of the 1980s. M.P.A. from
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; B.A. from Carleton College,
Director Lucinda Ware
(announced Apr. 22,
president/partner at the Democratic
media firm (SWAY) from May 2017. Director of outreach on Pete
Buttigieg's campaign for DNC chair, Feb.-Apr. 2017. Political
director on Van Hollen for Senate (MD), Apr. 2015-Nov. 2016.
Director of civic engagement for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake's Office of Neighborhoods, Jan.-Apr. 2015.
Regional field director for Baltimore City on Anthony Brown for
Governor, Mar.-Nov. 2014. Special assistant (July 2013-Mar. 2014)
and intergovernmental affairs assistant (Apr. 2011-July 2013) in the
Office of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. M.P.A. in
crisis/emergency/disaster management from University of Baltimore; B.A.
in urban studies/public policy from Dillard University.
(announced Apr. 22,
manager on Harley Rouda for Congress (Orange County, CA), Sept.
2017-Nov. 2018. Account executive at Mack-Sumner Communications,
July-Nov. 2016. Campaign manager on Pat Murphy for Congress
(IA-01), Jan.-June 2016. Associate at Crossroads Campaigns, June
2013-Dec. 2015. Political project advisor for Lillie
Schechter Consulting and PinPoint Public Affair, May 2012-Apr.
2013. Camapign manager on Donna O'Connor for State Rep. (OH),
Jan.-Mar. 2012. Campaign manager on Babur Lateef for Chair (VA),
Dec. 2010-Nov. 2011. Campaign manager on Walt Waite for State
Rep., Aug.-Nov. 2010. Regional field director for Minnesota DFL,
Mar.-Aug. 2010. Deputy finance director on Ken Lewis for U.S.
Senate (NC), Jan.-Mar. 2010. Deputy campaign manager and director
of field operations on Jeanette Rishell for Delegate, June-Nov.
2009. Bachelor's degree in political science and diplomacy and
international relations from Seton Hall University.
Field and Political Enid Swaggert
Outreach director/political director on Tim Walz for
Governor from Feb.
2018. Campaign manager on Ryan Winkler for Attorney General, Dec.
2017-Jan. 2018. Field director on Jacob Frey for Minneapolis,
Apr.-Nov. 2017. Political director on Nolan for Congress, Dec.
2016-Apr. 2017. Field and constituent service representative,
grants coordinator for U.S. Rep. Nolan, Dec. 2014-Dec. 2016.
Financial assistant on Nolan for Congress, May-Nov. 2014. Studied
at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
VAN Coordinator Hannah Slovut
(Apr. 2019) Deputy field director (Aug.-Nov.
organizing/training director (Jan.-Aug. 2018) on Angie Craig for
Congress/Minnesota DFL. Campaign manager on Phillip Cunningham for
Minneapolis, Aug.-Dec. 2017. B.A. in political science from
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2019.
Communications Director Tim Hogan
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) National press
secretary for The Hub Project from Mar. 2017. Rapid response
spokesman on Hillary for America (from June 2016) ; earlier
communications director for the Arizona and
Kentucky primaries, and started as
communications director on
the Nevada caucus
campaign in April 2015. Communications advisor to U.S. Rep. Tulsi
Gabbard (HI), Jan-Apr. 2015. Deputy chief of staff and
communications director to U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford (NV), Jan.
2013-Jan. 2015; also press secretary on Horsford for Congress in 2012
and 2014. Director of social media for the Culinary Academy of
Las Vegas, Sept. 2011-March 2012. Press secretary on Kate
Marshall for Congress in NV-02 special election. Senate Democrats
caucus communications director, Dec. 2010-July 2011. Campaign
manager for Nevada Senate Democrats, April-Dec. 2010. Press
assistant and outreach coordinator for the Earth Day Network,
Jan.-April 2010. Press assistant/intern to U.S. Sen. Amy
Klobuchar (MN) Sept. 2009-Jan. 2010. Degree in political science,
international relations and affairs from University of Minnesota-Twin
Cities, 2008. twitter
National Press Secretary Carlie Waibel
(Feb. 2019) Senior spokesperson on Andrew Gillum
for Governor (FL). Communications director on Bill Nelson for
U.S. Senate, April-Sept. 2018. Press secretary in the Office of
Sen. Bill Nelson, Aug. 2017-March 2018. Public affairs-New
England for Uber Technologies, Jul. 2015-Aug. 2017. Deputy
communications director on Charlie Crist for Governor, July-Nov.
2014. Government relations at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Jan.
2013-July 2014. Deputy communications director for the Minnesota
DFL, July 2011-Feb. 2012. Field organizer on Jim Meffert for
Congress, June-Nov. 2010. Undergraduate degree from University of
St. Thomas, 2011. From Minnesota. twitter
(Feb. 2019) Digital director on Tammy Baldwin for Senate, April 2017-Nov. 2018. DFreeputy digital director on Maggie for NH, Jan.-Nov. 2016. Account executive at Fenton, May 2015-Jan. 2016. Field organizer in Davenport for the Iowa Democratic Party, Aug.Nov. 2014. Postgraduate fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, July 2013-June 2014. B.A. in English, women's studies from Duke University, 2013. twitter
Research Director Anjan Mukherjee
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Comes to the campaign
from position as
research director to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
(DLCC). Previously research director at the League of Conservation
Voters from April 2015. Research director on Chris Coons for
Delaware, April 2014-Feb. 2015. Research assistant to Sen. Chris
Coons, 2013-April 2014. Research associate at the DSCC, Feb.
2011-Dec. 2012. Research assistant at New Partners Consulting,
Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011. Intern to U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Sept.
2009-Jan. 2010. B.A. in music from Davidson College, 2009.
Policy Director Rosa Po
(Feb. 2019) Deputy chief of staff to Klobuchar
from Dec. 2016. A regional policy director on Hillary for
America, 2014-Nov. 2016. Policy advisor at the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, March 2011-Sept. 2013. Legislative
Deputy Poliicy Director Tommy Walker
(Apr. 2019) Deputy chief of staff (Jan.-Apr.
legislative director (May 2017-Jan. 2019) to U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette
(CO). Legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Oct.
2015-May 2017. Legislative assistant (Mar. 2012-Oct. 2015),
legislative aide (Apr. 2011-Mar. 2012), legislative correspondent (May
2010-Apr. 2011) and staff assistant (Oct. 2009-May 2010) for U.S. Rep.
Diana DeGette. M.S. in applied economics from the Johns Hopkins
University, 2013; B.A. in political science from Carleton College, 2008.
National Finance Director Michael Schultz
(Feb. 2019) Finance director on U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)'s 2018 re-election campaign. Maryland and Delaware finance director on Hillary for America from April 2015. Southwest finance director at the DSCC, Jan.-April 2015. Finance director at Friends of Anthony Brown, April 2013-Dec. 2014. Development director at Berger Hirschberg Strategies, Nov. 2011-April 2013. Finance director at Jeff Anderson for Congress, June-Nov. 2011. LGBT outreach director and deputy scheduler at Citizens for Lisa Madigan, July 2010-Feb. 2011. Constituent services for U.S. Rep. Jan. Schakowsky, Aug. 2009-July 2010. Degree from DePaul University.
Deputy National Finance Director Elise
(Feb. 2019) Finance director on Klobuchar for
Minnesota, July 2017-Feb. 2019. Consultant at New Partners, March
2015-July 2017. Deputy finance director for the Minnesota DFL,
March 2012-March 2015. Finance consultant at The Southpaw Group,
July 2011-March 2012. Finance assistant on Jim Meffert for
Congress (Edina, MN), Jan.-Nov. 2010. Degree in international
affairs from University of Colorado at Boulder. twitter
Deputy National Finance Consultant Tina
(Feb. 2019) President of Campaign Finance
Consultants from 1991. Senior advisor to Engage Cuba,
2015-16. National finance director to Michelle Nunn,
2013-14. Senior advisor and Mid-Atlantic and Southeast finance
director to Forward Together FAC, 2006-08. Finance director to
Sen. Carl Levin, Feb. 1989-Dec. 1990. Campaign manager on Pooler
for Congress, Oct. 1987-Nov. 1988. Political assistant and
national fundraiser on Leahy for Senate, June 1985-June 1987.
Junior analyst/tabling supervisor at Peter Hart Research, July
1983-July 1985. B.A. in history and political science from
Binghampton University, 1980.
Deputy Scheduler Grace Waltz
Special assistant on Tina Smith for Minnesota,
Deputy director for external relations to Gov. Mark Dayton, Jan.-June
2018. Senior aide (Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018) and scheduler (June
2016-Jan. 2017) to Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. Bachelor's degree in
political science and government, English from University of St.
Deputy Operations Director Rosa Colman
(Mar. 2019) Operations director for the
Minnesota DFL Coordinated
Campaign, July-Dec. 2018. Deputy campaign manager and operations
director (Sept. 2017-June 2018) and scheduling and advance director
(Jan.-Aug. 2017) on Rebecca Otto for Governor (MN). Deputy
finance director on Terry Bonoff for Congress (MN), May-Nov.
2016. Bachelor's degree in political science, educational studies
from Macalester College, 2016.
Reearch Advisor Fred Yang
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Partner at Hart Research
Associates and founding principal of its political
division—Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.
Media Advisors Roy Temple, Jay Howser and Andi Johnson, GPS Media
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Principals at GPS Media.
Senior Advisor Pete Giangreco
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) Partner at The Strategy
Group's Chicago office. Longtime political advisor to Sen.
Klobuchar., including her 2006 race.
Others from Q1 2019 report include:
Biggest expenditure in Q1 2019 was a bit more than $625,000 to this firm for list acquisition.
- Saint Paul-based political consultant.
Heidi Kraus Kaplan - Senior client services manager at Minneapolis-based Synergetic Endeavors.
Hannah Hankins - Vice President at Civic Advisors LLC.
Chair Dr. Andy McGuire
(per Klobuchar Feb. 21, 2019 event, reported by
NBC's Vaugh Hillyard) Candidate for the 2018 Democratic
nomination for governor, finishing fourth with 5.3% in the June
primary. Iowa Democratic Party chair, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017. President
Iowa, a managed care company, 2012-15. Mike
Blouin's running mate on his 2006 primary campaign for governor (Blouin
finished second to Culver). M.B.A. from Kennesaw State
University, 2001; M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine,
Undergraduate degree in chemistry from Creighton University,
Born in Waterloo, Iowa. twitter
State Director Lauren Dillon
(Feb. 2019) Deputy director at the DSCC in
2018. Research director at the DNC for five years after serving as
deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; and
starting at the DNC as a research associate in 2009.
Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of
Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09. English teacher at Hebei
Normal University 2005-06. B.A. degrees in politics and
psychology from Drake University, 2005. Originally from Brooklyn,
Political Director Jamie Woods
(announced April 19, 2019) Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party's Black Caucus and is on the board of directors for Emerge Iowa. Helped to elect Rep. Phyllis Thede and Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad to the Iowa House. African-American outreach coordinator in the Davenport office for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Candidate for Davenport 8th Ward in Nov. 2013. Worked on Obama's presidential campaigns. From Davenport.
Organizing Director Andrew Nelson
(reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019)
Experience includes canvass director on Iowa Democrats' 2018
coordinated campaign and field director for the Iowa House Truman Fund
Deputy Organizing Director Andrew Larabee
(announced April 19, 2019) Records archivist and
clerk in Bloomington, IN, Mar. 2014-Dec. 2015. Bloomington
regional lead organizer for Freedom indiana, Sept. 2013-Feb.
2014. Field organizer at Joe McNamara for Mayor (Toledo),
Aug.-Sept. 2013. Assistant recruitment director at Fund for the
Public Interest, Feb.-May 2013. Field organizer in Wood County,
Ohio for Organizing for America, Aug.-Nov. 2012. B.A. in
English-creative writing from Ohio University, 2012.
Press Secretary Courtney Rice
(reported by the DMR on Mar. 16, 2019) Deputy
press secretary at
the DSCC from Feb. 2017. Press
and local management from American
University, 2016; B.A. in history from Allegheny College. From
Digital Media Manager Alli Peters
(announced April 19, 2019) Photographer and
designer at Alli Peters LLC
Minneapolis-St. Paul from Sept. 2016; did photography on Erin Murphy
for Governor and Dean Phillips for Congress campaigns in Minnesota,
2018. Project coordinator (Oct.-Dec. 2016), graphic production
coordinator (June-Dec. 2016) and editorial intern (Jan.-May 2016) at
Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis-St. Paul. B.S. in business and
marketing education and B.A. in political science and government from
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016.
Endorsements (press releases)
State Director Scott Merrick
(announced Apr. 10, 2019) Vice president of business development for Athenium Analytics, a technology company based in Dover, NH, Aug. 2016-Nov. 2018. Deputy state director for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Feb. 2009-Aug. 2016. State representative from Coos County, including assistant majority floor leader, Dec. 2004-Oct. 2009. B.A. in political science and government from Tufts University, 2008. New Hampshire native.
Deputy State Director Sondra Milkie
(announced Apr. 10, 2019) Senior associate at The Strategy Group, June-Nov. 2018. Campaign manager on Aruna Miller for Congress (MD), Nov. 2017-May 2018. Email marketing coordinator for Rising Tide Interactive, May-Oct. 2017. Training director for Wisconsin Progress, June 2012-Feb. 2017. Campaign manager on Melissa Sargent for State Assembly (WI), Apr.-Aug. 2012. Campaign coordinator on Citizens for Dane County's Future, Nov. 2011-April 2012. Field organizer on Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008. B.A. in history and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011. twitter
Political Director Ben Ernst
(announced Apr. 10, 2019) Moves to the campaign from position as political director for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, started Jan. 2019. Campaigns director for the New Hampshire State Senate Democratic Caucus, Feb.-Nov. 2018. Legislative director to Del. David Reid (VA), Jan.-Feb. 2018. Campaign manager on Laurie Cumbo's campaign in Brooklyn, June-Sept. 2017. Deputy campaign manager on Kathy Tran for Delegate (VA), Apr.-June 2017. Legislative assistant in the Virginia House of Delegates, Nov. 2016-Mar. 2017. Regional organizing director (June-Nov. 2016) and organizer (May-June 2016) for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Delegate protection organizer in Des Moines (Feb.-May 2016), organizer in Las Vegas (Feb. 2016) and deputy organizer in Mason City, IA (Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016) on HIllary for America. Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, June-Nov. 2015. Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, 2015. twitter
Communications Director Kelsi Browning
(announced Apr. 22, 2019) National communications director on Paul Davis congressional campaign in KS-2, Sept.-Nov. 2018. Communications director on Farley for Arizona, Mar.-Sept. 2018. Senior associate at SKDKnickerbocker, Feb. 2017-Mar. 2018. Central PA regional press secretary on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016. Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, Sept. 2015-May 2016. Press fellow to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, Dec. 2014-Sept. 2015. Assistant to the executive director at the DSCC, Feb. 2013-March 2014. Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, May 2012-Feb. 2013. B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University, 2012. twitter
Chief of Staff Elizabeth (Lizzy) Peluso
Note: Klobuchar's "Minnesota nice" image sustained damage shortly before her announcement when HuffPost reported she had abused staff. See: Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel. "Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Mistreatment Of Staff Scared Off Candidates To Manage Her Presidential Bid," HuffPost, Feb. 6, 2019; Molly Hensley-Clancy. "Staffers, Documents Show Amy Klobuchar's Wrath Toward Her Aides." HuffPost, Feb. 8, 2019; and Molly Redden and Amanda Terkel. "Harry Reid Rebuked Amy Klobuchar For Mistreatment of Staff," HuffPost, Feb. 8, 2019. The story did not go away. Several weeks later there was this: Matt Flegenheimer and Sydney Ember. "How Amy Klobuchar Treats Her Staff." New York Times, Feb. 22, 2019.