Tina Smith sworn in as Minnesota's newest senator

Tina Smith sworn in as Minnesota's newest senator

Gov. Tina Smith (D) was sworn in on Wednesday to fill the Senate seat vacated by former Sen.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones, who defeated Republican Roy Moore in an upset in deep red Alabama last month, was also sworn into office Wednesday by Vice President Mike Pence. For most of her career, she focused on the images and agendas of others as a trusted adviser to a big city mayor, a governor and a former vice president. Al Franken after a series of allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct.

BAKST: Smith must now get acclimated to the Senate while building a statewide campaign.

"Though I never anticipated this moment", Smith said last month when Gov. Mark Dayton announced her appointment, "I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward". Her arrival in Washington D.C. brings the number of women serving in the chamber to a record high of 22 It also makes Minnesota the fourth state now - and sixth ever - to be represented by an all-female Senate delegation.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Former Vice President Walter Mondale - himself a former Minnesota senator - stood next to Smith as she took the oath.

Bachmann is a conservative who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He formally surrendered the seat on Tuesday - the same day Smith stepped down as lieutenant governor of Minnesota.

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Housley said Smith has been "a lifelong Democrat political operative" and criticized her time as a Planned Parenthood official.

"As a new Member of the U.S. Senate, you have an opportunity to show your constituents that not only do their voices matter, but that their experiences and skills are vital to the work that you do to represent them", the groups wrote in the letter, obtained by the Washington Post.

As always, there is no claim so stupid that you can't find a wingnut who will make it with a totally straight face.

Jones is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in a quarter-century. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said funding a border wall is a nonstarter for Democrats.

While serving in the Senate, Smith says she plans to ramp up a campaign for a special election to fill the remainder of Franken's term this November. Jones' wife and two sons also attended.

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