Senator Tina Smith Visits the Northland

Lester Mason
January 12, 2018

"[But] if Michele Bachmann could be a part of turning Minnesota into a more "Red" state, I think she would welcome the challenge", Markell concludes.

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.

"The visits that I'm doing today and tomorrow are really focused on economic development and creating opportunity for Minnesotans", said Smith.

"Some of the basic things you have to do, like figuring out where I'm going to live when I'm in Washington, D.C., and learning about the Senate and how the Senate works", she said.

Smith took over for former Senator Al Franken on Wednesday after being sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence.

"They don't send us here just to fight with each other, they send us here to get things done", said Smith.

Franken, who had apologised for any offence he may have given and had offered to undergo an ethics investigation by the Senate, has been one of the most popular Democratic senators and his name had begun to be heard in discussions about a possible presidential run in 2020. Minnesota also became the sixth state ever (the fourth currently) to be represented by all-female senators. As for her top priorities, she says she'll continue the work she done as Lieutenant Governor. She is scheduled to meet Saturday morning in Duluth with local retirees whose pensions are at risk, then meet with Steelworkers in Eveleth to discuss mining and steel industry issues.

During her speech Saturday night Smith brought up the long history of her senate seat, praising senators like Paul Wellstone, Huber Humphrey and Walter Mondale.

"It has been my great honor to serve the people of Minnesota as our Lt. Gov.", Smith said.

Camerota was pleasantly surprised talking to a "newbie" and hearing an optimistic point of view from a member of Congress that was not yet jaded by the politics on Capitol Hill. "I will be a fierce advocate in the United States Senate for economic opportunity and fairness for all Minnesotans". "I know that she will be a superb senator, representing the best interests of our state and our citizens".

As Smith settles in to the Senate, Congress faces issues including a long-term plan to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). "Franken's term. They will make this decision in a special election next November", Smith had said in a December press conference where she accepted Dayton's appointment.

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