Minnesota's Smith to join Senate after Franken's resignation

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Democrat Senator Al Franken has officially submitted his resignation after being pressured late previous year to step down in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, the media reported.

For Smith's part, she responded to news of her senate invitation by stating, "I accept this appointment, and it will be my great honor to serve Minnesota as United States senator". Smith was Minnesota's lieutenant governor and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to take Franken's seat. "And that is where I'm going to be focused when I get up to Capitol Hill in a couple of hours", said Smith, who has only been serving in the Senate for five days. With the help of Franken's staff, that's exactly what she plans on doing. She's also set to present a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol to Hibbing Fire Chief Erik Jankila, in honor of retired Hibbing Fire Capt. Steven Gillitzer, who died in a December 26 fire along with his wife and two of his grandsons; Gillitzer rescued another grandson and died while attempting to save the others. "I know that she will be a superb senator, representing the best interests of our state and our citizens".

Minnesota's Smith to join Senate after Franken's resignation
Minnesota's Smith to join Senate after Franken's resignation

Smith said there are a multitude of important issues, like health care, the budget and immigration that lawmakers need to address in Washington D.C. this month. "I believe there's a real opportunity to make headway here".

"Tina Smith will continue the long tradition of great Minnesota senators who have dedicated themselves to opportunity, fairness and improving the lives of working families - and the EMILY's List community is thrilled to endorse her campaign for Senate", Schriock added.

And can we depend on Smith to be an equally passionate champion of the women's and reproductive rights she's been affiliated with in her past? She also worked as a vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Saturday evening, she met with business and labor leaders at a public reception. "Tina Smith is very different".