January 03, 2018 07:51 PM
Former Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is now Sen. Smith.
Minnesota's newest U.S. Senator was sworn in Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C.
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She took the oath of office with Sen. Amy Klobuchar at her side, along with former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Smith's arrival in the Senate also marks an historic moment for women, as there is now a record of 22 female senators, ABC News reports.
The seat was vacated by Al Franken's resignation amid accusations of sexual misconduct from several women. Smith has said she plans to run in the special election to fill the remainder of Franken's term this November.
Shortly after being sworn in, Smith told KSTP she's ready to dive into urgent issues like preventing a government shutdown and reinstating funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that could mean $178 million for Minnesota's state budget.
"I think about Minnesota's state budget, which would be in balance but for the lack of action on CHIP, the child health care program, so that's going to be upper most on my mind," Smith said.
Smith said she'll also be focused on moving Minnesota forward and advocating for economic opportunities for the state.
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. She knows it won't be an easy balancing act.
"If I'm able to do that well and I'm able to earn Minnesotans support, which I will do my very best to accomplish, they will decide who they want to be their next senator...and I hope it will be me."
Updated: January 03, 2018 07:51 PM
Created: January 03, 2018 11:47 AM
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