Here Are 6 Women (And 1 Man) Who Could Replace Al Franken In The Senate

Amid accusations of sexual misconduct from at least eight women, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced Thursday that he plans to resign.

It will be up to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) to appoint Franken’s replacement. The appointee would join Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and serve until November 2018.

More than 20 Democratic members of the Senate had publicly called for Franken’s resignation, along with several progressive organizations like NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO and UltraViolet ― some of which called for a progressive woman to take Franken’s place. 

Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, told HuffPost, “Gov. Mark Dayton should strongly consider replacing him with a progressive woman, preferably a progressive woman of color.”

A likely pick for Dayton is Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. However, she’s not expected to run in 2018, which would set up a wide-open Democratic primary.

Here are some potential candidates who could take Franken’s place.  

Minnesota State Attorney General Lori Swanson

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson was among the state attorneys general to take on President Donald Trump over the travel ban.

Swanson, the state’s first woman to be elected attorney general, has served in the position since 2006. Before that, she was the state’s solicitor general after four years as deputy attorney general.

Swanson’s tenure as attorney general has been defined largely by consumer protection, by taking on for-profit colleges and recovering millions of dollars from…

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