Franken's Resignation Leaves Vacant Seat on Senate Ed Committee

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) last week announced his resignations after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct over the years.

His decision to step down opens up a spot on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Politico reported. As a Democrat on the Senate education committee, Franken was an advocate for LGBT students, homeless students, and foster students.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) on Wednesday named Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to fill Franken's soon-to-be vacated Senate seat, reported The Hill. Smith said she intends to run in November 2018 to complete the remaining two years of Franken’s term.


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