Today, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is expected to announce appointment to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Franken announced his resignation last week following allegations of sexual misconduct. According to officials in the Democratic Party, Dayton will appoint Lt. Governor Tina Smith, who has worked alongside Dayton for many years, previously serving as his Chief of Staff.
Smith first got involved with American politics in the early 1990s when she founded a political consulting firm. She has been involved with Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party politics for many years. Her firm advised Walter Mondale’s U.S. Senate campaign and managed the gubernatorial campaign for Mondale’s son Ted. From 2003 to 2006, Smith served as vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Lt. Governor Smith will serve until the 2018 special election to replace Franken is held. Smith will likely join the race to be Minnesota’s U.S. Senator serving until the end of Franken’s term in 2020.
Cover photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio News.