Al Franken Marks Last Day in Senate & Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith Will Replace Him

Tuesday marked the last day for Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken in the Senate, CNN reports. According to ABC News, Franken had served eight years in the U.S. Senate, but stepped down after multiple women stepped forward and accused Franken of sexual misconduct.

After the allegations came to light, Franken had apologized, but when his Democratic colleagues called on him to step down from his position, the Minnesota Senator resigned, ABC News reports.

Franken offered his resignation at 1 p.m. ET to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, writing that it “has been a privilege and an honor” to serve in the Senate, CNN reports.

“I am grateful to Minnesotans for giving me the chance to serve our state and our nation, and I am proud to have worked on their behalf,” Franken said in his resignation letter, according to The Washington Examiner.

During his Senate floor speech announcing his resignation, Franken said that he would “continue trying to be an educated citizen and an advocate and an activist” after leaving the Senate, CNN reports.

According to ABC News, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will be replacing Franken in the Senate on Wednesday.

Minnesota will hold a special election to permanently fill Franken’s seat during the midterm elections in November, CNN reports. Smith has announced that she will run for the position.


Emily Veith is a recent Cal Poly SLO graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science (and a Law and Society minor). Emily loves writing and talking about politics. She has worked on political campaigns and in legislative offices, and aspires to be a politician someday. Emily has also written numerous inspirational and empowering pieces for Project Wednesday. She is an old soul who loves Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Glenn Miller. When she isn't writing about imperative news- and political-related topics, she can be found attempting new recipes, playing her guitar, or reading a good mystery book. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @emilycveith.

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