The Resignation of Sen. Al Franken

The U.S. senator from Minnesota stepped down after admitting sexual harassment.

Tina Smith greeted former Vice President Walter Mondale at MSP Airport on the way to D.C. for her swearing in. On the left is Smith's father.

Franken submits resignation letter; Smith ready to step in

Minnesota's ascendant senator, who will be sworn in Wednesday, also begins her campaign.
Sen. Michelle Fischbach's colleagues say she has a strong sense of fairness. But she still hasn’t ruled out resigning if she has to give up her Sena

GOP state senator prepares for unusual role as Dayton's No. 2

January 2, 2018
It will be the first time in 54 years that Minnesota has had a governor and lieutenant governor from different political parties.
Sen. Al Franken hugged Sen. Amy Klobuchar at the end of his speech Thursday night in Minneapolis.

Sen. Al Franken to supporters: 'I'm not giving up my voice'

December 29, 2017
Senator makes valedictory speech as one poll shows he's still popular.

Ahead of Jan. 2 departure, Franken gives final farewell on Senate floor

December 21, 2017
Invoking Paul Wellstone, he said politics is about improving people's lives.

Franken sets date for resignation from the Senate: Jan. 2

December 21, 2017
Senator-designate Tina Smith, appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton, will be sworn in the next day.

Race for Sen. Franken's seat heats up even before he's gone

December 19, 2017
Tina Smith hasn't had a chance to take over Al Franken's Senate seat yet, but she already has a GOP challenger. State Sen. Karin Housley announced she's running.

Tough work ahead for Tina Smith – on the Hill and at home

December 17, 2017
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith’s political connections and savvy quickly united Minnesota’s ideologically and geographically diverse DFL Party behind her as Al Franken’s replacement in the…

Tina Smith to keep top Franken aides in D.C.

December 16, 2017
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will have the help of some experienced staff members when she takes over U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s seat next month. Smith,…

Minnesota's new Senate duo prompts 'Tina and Amy' meme on social media

December 14, 2017
Twitter is thrilled by Minnesota's soon-to-be U.S. senator. Why? Three words: Tina and Amy.

Dayton picks Lt. Gov. Tina Smith for Franken's Senate seat

December 13, 2017
Sen. Al Franken, facing accusations of sexual harassment, said last week that he would resign "in the coming weeks." Smith would be up for election next November.

Tina Smith, a political insider, steps onto the national stage

December 14, 2017
Long known as a "velvet hammer" behind the scenes, she must craft her own public persona as Minnesota's next senator.

Dayton's Senate appointment could create a mess at State Capitol

December 13, 2017
GOP Sen. Michelle Fischbach says she'll keep seat in Senate; Dayton administration disagrees.

Rep. Keith Ellison won't run for U.S. Senate in 2018

December 13, 2017
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will not run in Minnesota’s special U.S. Senate election in 2018, he said in a statement. Ellison, a Democrat, earlier had…

2018 race for Franken seat attracts interest, sets up shift

December 9, 2017
The senator's exit doubles the national stakes for the 2018 election in Minnesota.

As Al Franken begins Senate exit, debate builds over his successor

December 8, 2017
Now that Sen. Al Franken has announced he will resign in the coming weeks, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is facing a high-pressure decision over appointing a replacement.

Ex-Gov. Carlson says Franken should stay in Senate, for now

December 11, 2017
Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson said he is "deeply troubled by the resignation of Al Franken and the complete absence of anything resembling due process."

Dayton not ready to talk about Franken seat; Smith mulls run

December 8, 2017
Minnesota's DFL governor said Friday that he'll name a replacement for Sen. Al Franken "in a couple days," but he wouldn't say who it might be.

As Sen. Al Franken prepares to leave Senate, he leaves real accomplishments, much undone

December 8, 2017
– Sen. Al Franken’s decision to quit the U.S. Senate leaves Minnesota suddenly without its most high-profile politician, a feisty Democratic brawler who…

For many Minnesotans, Franken news brings resignation and melancholy

December 8, 2017
Moments after Al Franken stood on the U.S. Senate floor and announced his resignation Thursday, a red-eyed staffer answered the senator’s locked St. Paul office…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Franken's legacy will last — but adds he should have apologized

December 7, 2017
As Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation from the Senate, the first one to step forward was his Minnesota colleague.

Gov. Mark Dayton likely to tap Lt. Gov. Tina Smith as Franken replacement

December 7, 2017
Franken resignation, expected Thursday, would set off musical chairs in Minnesota politics, queue up epic election cycle in 2018.

What the senators calling for Al Franken to resign are saying

December 6, 2017
Numerous Democratic senators and other political figures on Wednesday called for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken after another woman accused him of sexual misconduct.

What you need to know about Al Franken and what comes next

December 7, 2017
It's Pearl Harbor day and now a day that will go down in infamy in Minnesota history, with Sen. Al Franken expected to resign this morning.

For Franken, a growing list of allegations by women of unwanted touching, kissing

December 6, 2017
Nov. 16 Leeann Tweeden The Los Angeles radio host tweeted “I’ve decided it’s time to tell my story,” linking to an article on…
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December 21, 2017
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2017 Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., attends a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken announced earlier this month that he w

Read Sen. Al Franken's final speech from the U.S. Senate floor