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Tina Smith joins US Senate, replacing Franken

12 January 2018, 06:37 | Opal Carroll

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"Minnesotans expect me to be watching out for them and to be speaking for them in Washington, D.C. That's what I've done as Lieutenant Governor and that's what I intend to do in Washington, D.C", said Smith.

Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office for Senator-designate Tina Smith of Minnesota and Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama.

Both former vice presidents also served as senators. Sarah Stoesz, the president of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, praised Smith as a "powerful, moving force for justice" who "understands that women can't earn a living or support their children if they don't have access to the reproductive health care they need".

"She was happy of course and I think she was glad to have the achievement, I think that's what she really wanted to do all the time".

Just one of many ways to skirt Minnesota's public records laws. Smith was appointed to the seat by Gov. Mark Dayton and will fill it at least until a special election in November.

Political experts say with her name recognition and fundraising ability, Bachmann would be a formidable Republican opponent. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and former Vice President Walter Mondale, also an ex-senator.

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SMITH: "It has been my great honor to serve the people of Minnesota as our Lieutenant Governor. And what do you make of him not conceding so far?" Seventeen groups representing minorities, including the NAACP, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and National Urban League, wrote a letter to Jones on December 19 encouraging him to hire at least one person of color to his senior staff.

Jones has worked in the Senate before, serving on the Judiciary Committee staff for Alabama Democratic Sen.

Smith submitted her letter of resignation to Gov. Dayton on Tuesday, ready to begin her term as Franken's replacement in the Senate.

BAKST: Smith is 59, a New Mexico native, a wife of 33 years and a mother of two. He would return to Alabama to work as an assistant US attorney and then began practicing criminal defense.

"As a new Member of the U.S. Senate, you have an opportunity to show your constituents that not only do their voices matter, but that their experiences and skills are vital to the work that you do to represent them", the groups wrote in the letter, obtained by the Washington Post.



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