Minnesota News Network
Governor Dayton has selected Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Smith will be appointed to serve a one-year term in the Senate, concluding in January 2019. Smith announced today she will run in the 2018 election. At that time, Minnesotans will choose a U.S. Senator to serve the remainder of the term being vacated by Senator Al Franken in a Special Election, which will be held concurrently with the 2018 General Election on November 6, 2018. Governor Dayton says, “Tina Smith is a person of the highest integrity and ability. There is no one I trust more to assume the responsibilities of this important office. I know that she will be a superb Senator, representing the best interests of our state and our citizens.”

Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says the choice is not surprising. He says Smith has”been a stabilizing force and an ally of Governor Dayton. She’s done a lot of policy work for the governor, and she’s developed a strong reputation at the State Capitol for being a credible figure.” Schier says the selection of Smith makes good political sense, as it will likely not be a controversial choice within the Democratic party.