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Al Franken’s exit sets stage for Tina Smith to join the Senate

By Associated Press
Published: January 2, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018 at 03:49 PM
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken speaks on Dec. 28, 2017, about his accomplishments and thanks his team in Minneapolis, as his eight years in the Senate are set to come to an end. The Democrat's resignation was made official Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. It comes nearly a month after he announced his plans to leave Congress after a swirl of sexual misconduct allegations that began in November. [Glen Stubbe | Star Tribune via AP]

ST. PAUL, Minn. Sen. Al Franken has officially resigned from the Senate.

The Minnesota Democrat formally resigned Tuesday afternoon. It comes nearly a month after he announced his plans to leave Congress after a swirl of sexual misconduct allegations that began in November.

His departure sets the stage for current Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to be sworn in on Wednesday to take over his seat.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton picked his second-in-command last month to replace Franken. Smith is also a Democrat and plans to run for the seat in a special election in November.

Franken joined the Senate in 2009 after winning a months-long recount. He held an event in Minneapolis last week to thank supporters and friends.