Sen. Amy Klobuchar will receive a major award tonight in Washington, D.C., from the National Consumers League for her work in improving the rights of consumers and workers.

Klobuchar and Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will be given the group's top honor, the Trumpeter Award, given to those whose "careers have had a measurable impact on the marketplace for consumers," said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg.

Previous winners include Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Paul Wellstone.

The NCL was founded in 1899 and has given the Trumpeter Award for 40 years.

Klobuchar was cited for her work "on regulation to strengthen consumer product safety legislation, on ensuring a fair and competitive marketplace, and increasing accessibility to communications, specifically in the wireless space."

Klobuchar said in a statement:

I’m honored to join the late Senator Paul Wellstone, my friend from Minnesota and a champion for American consumers, as the recipient of the National Consumers League’s Trumpeter Award. In this complex economy, people need strong advocates who will fight to ensure the safety and integrity of the goods, products, and services they buy. They also deserve fair and competitive marketplaces and accessible communications networks.