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Smith Sworn In as Minnesota's Newest U.S. Senator

January 03, 2018 11:34 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Al Franken's replacement in the U.S. Senate has taken office.

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Tina Smith was sworn in during a Wednesday ceremony at the Capitol. Smith was Minnesota's lieutenant governor and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to take Franken's seat.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Former Vice President Walter Mondale - himself a former Minnesota senator - stood next to Smith as she took the oath.

Franken announced his plan to resign last month after a swirl of sexual misconduct allegations. His resignation was official Tuesday.

Smith is a longtime Democratic political operative who served as Dayton's top aide before joining him on the ticket in 2014. She also worked as a vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Smith's resignation as lieutenant governor takes effect at midnight Tuesday. She plans to run for the Senate seat in a November special election to finish Franken's term.

Smith took office at the same time as Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat who won a special election last month. Former Vice President Joe Biden joined Jones for the ceremony.


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