MN's Tina Smith sworn in as US Senator on Wednesday

MN's Tina Smith sworn in as US Senator on Wednesday

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".

Minnesota is now the fourth state to have two women serving in the U.S. Senate, as Smith serves alongside U.S. Sen.

- Senator Tina Smith, Minnesota's newest U.S. Senator, was back in Minnesota for the first time since being sworn in to the Senate on January 3.

Democrat Senator Al Franken has officially submitted his resignation after being pressured late a year ago to step down in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, the media reported.

According to a post from the office of Governor Dayton, the governor credits Smith with some impressive social and economic efforts on behalf of the state's citizens-including "expanding paid parental leave, cracking down on wage theft, combatting the opioid crisis, growing Minnesota's clean energy economy, improving access to high-speed Internet, enrolling tens of thousands of children in high-quality, early-learning programs, and increasing access to jobs and economic opportunity for all Minnesotans". She said she didn't know yet if she would take over Franken's committee assignments, but most of his staff of about 50 employees is staying on in Washington and Minnesota, ABC News reported.

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Several other members of Congress have also resigned recently amid sexual misconduct charges, including Democrats John Conyers and Ruben Kihuen and Republicans Trent Franks and Blake Farenthold.

Newly appointed Senator Tina Smith is back home in Minnesota after a whirlwind week in Washington D.C.

Dayton said Smith stands out as one of the superb public officials he's worked with in his 40-year career. "Tina Smith is a person of the highest integrity and ability", he said in that same post.

"We need to protect working families and I believe Tina supports that", St. Germaine said. "That's another example of an issue where there's a lot we can accomplish at the federal level".

"I've only been here for five days, but it seems if we have bipartisan agreement this ought to be a path to citizenship for thinks young people brought to this country as young people", Smith said. "And we need a few of those in Washington to get things done". She also said she is grateful for the help and advice from her predecessor and current federal delegation members like Sen. "Through this consensus-building approach, she has developed widespread respect on both sides of the aisle", he continued. She has committed to running for the seat.


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