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Senator Tina Smith talks about work ahead

14 January 2018

The Senator informed the crowd her goal is to find out what Minnesotans want her to bring to Washington. Taking over for the embattled Al Franken (D-MN) faced with allegations of sexual harassment, Smith's swearing in starts a new chapter for the state.

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Franken, who had apologised for any offence he may have given and had offered to undergo an ethics investigation by the Senate, has been one of the most popular Democratic senators and his name had begun to be heard in discussions about a possible presidential run in 2020. With a background in marketing, Smith began working on political campaigns in the early 1990s. With a GOP majority across Washington she says she realizes it will be hard to accomplish certain things.

"Some of the basic things you have to do, like figuring out where I'm going to live when I'm in Washington, D.C., and learning about the Senate and how the Senate works", she said.

"It's great to have good advice, but of course I have to figure out how to do this job in my own way using my own best judgement", she said.

Friday night Senator Tina Smith made her first big public appearance, meeting Northlanders in Duluth. "She's hosting the event so just to see two females here representing Minnesota will be great".

Smith also will meet with local officials in Mountain Iron to discuss the expansion of rural broadband service.

Senator Tina Smith talks about work ahead