Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken, DFL, has served as a U.S. senator from Minnesota since 2009, when he was seated after an extremely close race, manual vote recount and court battle to beat the incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman. Before becoming a politician, Franken was a well-known writer and comedian for "Saturday Night Live." Franken is a vocal critic of right-wing politics who has written several satirical books and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show.

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Wife, Franni; children, Thomasin and Joseph


Harvard University


Cum laude graduate of Harvard, 1973; seven Emmy nominations and five Emmy awards for television writing and producing

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60 E. Plato Blvd., Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55107




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Candidates choosy when it comes to debates

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 27 2014 - 6:44 AM

The grumbling was evident last week when U.S. Sen. Al Franken turned down an invitation by Minnesota Public Radio to debate his Republican and Independence Party challengers at the Minnesota State...

Franken vs. McFadden starting to get interesting

BLOG POST Updated: Jul 24 2014 - 2:42 PM

I wrote two weeks ago that Minnesota's sleepy election cycle might finally start to wake up, as the race between U.S. Senator Al Franken and businessman Mike McFadden's had started to...

Franken campaign ads seek to reintroduce him to voters

ARTICLE Updated: Jul 15 2014 - 8:49 AM

WASHINGTON – In the first wave of television ads launched by Sen. Al Franken’s re-election campaign, sometimes Minnesota’s junior senator hardly says a word.Instead, he relies on...

Franken, Klobuchar back bill to override Hobby Lobby decision

BLOG POST Updated: Jul 9 2014 - 10:15 AM

Democratic U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are co-sponsoring a bill that would override the Supreme Court's decision last week in the Hobby Lobby case.The bill would ban employers from...

Klobuchar, Franken won't accompany Obama to Minnesota

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 26 2014 - 9:50 AM

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will not fly to Minnesota with President Obama this morning because of a Senate vote to confirm Stuart Jones as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.The Senate vote...

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