Sen. Al Franken (D) has announced that he will leave office on January 2nd, after previously saying “sometime in January.” Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D), Gov. Mark Dayton’s (D) pick to succeed Mr. Franken, will be sworn into the Senate on January 3rd. She will serve until the 2018 special election is held (concurrently with the regular election cycle), and has already announced her candidacy to fill the balance of the current term. The seat next comes in-cycle for a full six-year term in 2020.
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