MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Minnesota’s senior Senate representative wasn’t always so experienced. In fact, in 2007 a curious wardrobe malfunction marked her rookie year in Washington, D.C.
In her new memoir, “The Senator Next Door: A Memoir From the Heartland,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar recalls the embarrassing moment when she presided over the U.S. Senate — just months into her freshman term — and received a hand-written message while she stood at the dais.
“I got an anonymous note passed through a Senate page that read, ‘Senator Klobuchar, pull up your shirt, your cleavage is showing,'” she wrote.
Although she described the day as a “sleepy Thursday” and noted that the Senate chamber was virtually empty, Klobuchar said it was a moment of awakening.
“I bet that never happened to Mike Mansfield or Everett Dirksen,” she writes. “I never did figure out who gave me that oh-so-helpful tip.”
Klobuchar, now in her second six-year term, was Minnesota’s first female senator — and one of 20 women presently in the U.S. Senate.
Before taking office in January 2007, Klobuchar served as the county attorney in Hennepin County, Minn., for eight years.