Mark Dayton

Minnesota governor appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in U.S. Senate

Minnesota governor appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in U.S. Senate

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday that his lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, will replace Al Franken after the Democratic senator formally resigns.

Under state law, Smith will hold Franken’s seat until the 2018 election. The winner of that election will finish the remainder of Franken’s term, which was to have ended in 2020.

“Tina Smith is a person of the highest integrity and ability,” Dayton said in making the appointment. “There is no one I trust more to assume the responsibilities of this important office.”

Franken announced last week that he would resign “in the coming weeks” after several women accused him of sexual misconduct, including forced kisses...

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