Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Tina Smith joins a busy Congress, stepping in for embattled Al Franken

Tina Smith joins a busy Congress, stepping in for embattled Al Franken

"Today was my first official day in Minnesota since getting sworn in", she said. Furthermore, Dayton too put up his number 2 to replace Franken, who is to resign after several sexual misconduct allegations that includes harassment and groping.

Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton, Smith enters a Congress with a packed 2018 agenda. "I couldn't be happier or more proud of our state that we get the wonderful representation from Tina".

Smith said there are a multitude of important issues, like health care, the budget and immigration that lawmakers need to address in Washington D.C. this month. "And I believe the best way to do that is to be the best senator that I can be".

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In addition to her tenure as Planned Parenthood's vice president for public affairs, Smith's resume lists numerous other examples of quality job prep.

Franken, who had apologised for any offence he may have given and had offered to undergo an ethics investigation by the Senate, has been one of the most popular Democratic senators and his name had begun to be heard in discussions about a possible presidential run in 2020.

Less than a week after becoming a member of the Senate, Smith has started meeting people across the state to learn about what they think she needs to be working on.

Smith said Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Rick Nolan have been helpful with teaching her the ropes and giving her good advice.

And the next thing she plans on focusing on when she heads back to Washington next week? "She's hosting the event so just to see two females here representing Minnesota will be great".

"I will continue to work very hard on rural broadband".

Saturday, Smith will also be making a number of appearances in the area, including on the Iron Range.

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