Sen. Amy Klobuchar and four other Democratic senators — none of whom are up for re-election this cycle — are back from an 11-day fact-finding trip in Africa.
The group also included Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington; Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota; and Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.
The Washington Post said it might have been the first all-female U.S. Senate delegation to visit Africa.
The goal was to focus on “women’s economic empowerment, economic growth and development in the region,” and meet with senior government officials (including Ethiopia’s prime minister) to discuss food security and economic growth, the paper said.
They also fit in a stop at Serengeti Park, where they saw dozing lions, zebras, giraffes and even a “cheetah hunting in the bush,” the Post said, quoting eturbonews.
There was also a scheduled stop in Rome, to visit the headquarters of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.