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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Franken: Uber still has work to do to protect privacy

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 16 2014 - 5:26 AM

WASHINGTON – Uber, the popular ride-share service that is upending the taxi industry, has had its share of bad P.R. lately.It was kicked out of France after an uprising of cabdrivers. It came...

Net neutrality advocates feeling momentum

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 24 2014 - 9:52 AM

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Al Franken jokes that he has been “toiling in the vineyards” since the early days on net neutrality.But since Franken’s wide-margin re-election...

For Franken, net neutrality remains key campaign issue

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 2 2014 - 6:49 AM

Headline-dominating issues such as Ebola and ISIL have commandeered most ­campaign conversations during the waning days of the race between U.S. Sen. Al Franken and his ­Republican...

Franken's campaign recipe: lot of policy, dash of humor

ARTICLE Updated: Sep 28 2014 - 5:57 AM

DULUTH, MINN. – U.S. Sen. Al Franken spoke without notes in an unkempt DFL headquarters here, evoking time-tested Democratic themes of universal preschool, robust mental health funding, closing...

Franken, Klobuchar back Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels

BLOG POST Updated: Sep 18 2014 - 7:13 PM

With support from Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, the U.S. Senate approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip Syrian rebels Thursday, backing his strategy to confront the...

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