MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has confirmed that he expects his replacement, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, to take over his seat in early January.
Franken, a Democrat, said last week he would resign “in coming weeks” following allegations by several women of sexual misconduct.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday appointed Smith to take his place until a special election next November to complete the final two years of Franken’s term.
A statement from Franken’s office says Smith is expected to be in place in early January. A spokesman says Franken has not set a specific date to step down.
Smith has said she will run in the special election.
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