Minnesota’s Smith to join Senate after Franken’s resignation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Al Franken’s replacement in the U.S. Senate is ready to take office.

Tina Smith is set to be sworn in during a Wednesday morning ceremony at the Capitol. Smith was Minnesota’s lieutenant governor and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s choice to take Franken’s seat.

Franken announced his plan to resign last month after a swirl of sexual misconduct allegations. His resignation was official Tuesday.

Smith is a longtime Democratic political operative who served as

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