SEN. AL FRANKEN

Democrat Tina Smith Will Face Republican Karin Housley In November

The Women Will Compete To Finish Former Sen. Al Franken's Term

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sen. Tina Smith easily defeated five other DFL challengers in the Minnesota primary election to advance to the general election in November. Karin Housley only faced two others in her primary race and easily beat out both. The women will compete against each other to fill the remaining term of Sen. Al Franken which expires in…

Minnesota Governor Chooses Lt. Governor to Fill Franken’s Seat

Smith is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken’s seat until the November election. Dayton’s announcement Wednesday had been widely expected. Smith served as Dayton’s trusted chief of staff for three years before ascending to become his No. 2. She was once considered a likely candidate to succeed him, but…

Senator Al Franken Returns To Work And Issues Another Apology

Calls The Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him "Extremely Humbling"

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Al Franken has returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since the reports of sexual harassment against him. The Minnesota Democrat held a short news conference outside his Senate office. He apologized again, saying he knows he has “let down” a lot of people. Franken said the accusations against him have come as a shock…

Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Amy Klobuchar Honor Memory of Late Sen. Paul Wellstone

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today "Wellstone Remembrance Day."

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared today “Wellstone Remembrance Day.” The senator, along with his wife, daughter and campaign aides were all killed in plane crash in northern Minnesota in 2002. The Democratic lawmaker was running for a third term. Wellstone died just…

Sen. Al Franken on Equifax Breach: “This is Sleezy”

Earlier this month, Franken introduced a bill that would help protect consumers whose personal data has been leaked by the hack

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “In other words, this was like, ‘here, look up to see if you, you’re information was stolen and protect yourself, oh and by the way, if we’re the, if you’re one of these 143 million people you can’t sue us,’” Sen. Al Franken said during a press conference. “This is sleezy.” The Minnesota senator is talking about…