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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in the Senate

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in the Senate
Posted at 8:54 AM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 13:30:05-05

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been selected to replace Al Franken in the Senate.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday morning that Smith has been appointed to the position.

"Though I never anticipated this moment," Smith said, "I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward, and I will be a fierce advocate in the United States Senate for the economic opportunity and fairness."

"This is a difficult moment for us. But even now, I am filled with optimism for Minnesota," she added.

The announcement comes following Franken's December 7 decision to resign from office over allegations that he touched women inappropriately.

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