Senator Tina Smith Visits the Northland


"Today was my first official day in Minnesota since getting sworn in", she said.

Democrat Senator Al Franken has officially submitted his resignation after being pressured late past year to step down in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, the media reported. However, when the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton went on to appoint her in December of previous year, she made it clear that she plans to run in, and win, the special election. "Everywhere I'm going I want to talk to people about what I believe is the most important thing because when I'm in Washington, I'm going to be a fierce advocate for Minnesotans and advocate for economic opportunity and fairness for everybody in this state, not just some people in this state".

Smith's resignation as lieutenant governor took effect at midnight Tuesday. "I couldn't be happier or more proud of our state that we get the wonderful representation from Tina".

For Smith's part, she responded to news of her senate invitation by stating, "I accept this appointment, and it will be my great honor to serve Minnesota as United States senator".

"The first decision that I made was to keep much of Sen".

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She says she is focused on doing this job in her own way. With a GOP majority across Washington she says she realizes it will be hard to accomplish certain things.

Smith herself said during a press conference at the Minnesota capitol this past December, "The work that I did at Planned Parenthood helped provide health insurance, health care, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and cancer screenings to thousands and thousands and thousands of women".

"It hasn't been beaten out of you yet by Capitol Hill".

"I think that R.T. Rybak said this about her, she's the velvet hammer", Klobuchar said.

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