Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Take Over Franken’s Seat Early January

A specific date for Franken to step down has not been set

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Al Franken says he expects his replacement, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, to take over his seat in early January. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Smith to take his place until a special election to complete the final two years of Franken’s term. Last week, Franken said he would resign “in coming weeks” following…

Gov. Dayton Under Pressure Over Choice to Fill Al Franken’s Vacant Senate Seat

Schumer says the party wants more than a placeholder in the seat

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — With the resignation of Al Franken, Democratic leaders may be putting some pressure on Gov. Dayton for his pick for a replacement. Governor Dayton initially planned to name Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to Franken’s seat, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may be asking Dayton to pick someone who will run in the 2018 special…