Politician and member of the Democratic Party who became the first woman to be elected as a senator from Minnesota in 2007.
In 1982, she graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in political science. She later earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
She was a legal adviser of former Vice President Walter Mondale.
She has a daughter with her husband John Bessler, a private practice attorney who she married in 1995.
She, like Al Franken, served as a senator for Minnesota.