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Tina Smith selected to replace Al Franken in the Senate: Who is she?

Minnesota Lt. Gov., Tina Smith was selected by the state Governor, finish Al-Franken-term in the U.S. Senate.

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To take on Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton last week named long-time ally of Tina Smith as his pick, Al Franken Senate seat.

Fox News has confirmed that Swiss francs for the first time announced in Dec. 7 he resignation from the Senate would stand “in the coming weeks” in the rest on Jan. 2. The senator will resign because of sexual misconduct allegations.

Smith, who has served as Lieutenant-Governor of Minnesota, since 2015, has been chosen to be his replacement.

Smith is “learn, extremely intelligent, quick to listen is always open to other views,” Dayton said.

Here is a look at Smith’s background is.

What Smith’s political background?

As Dayton and Franken, and Smith, 59, is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-labor y.

Smith was a longtime adviser to Dayton as his chief of staff, before he was lieutenant governor.

She also worked on several campaigns, including the administration Walter Mondale unsuccessful 2002 Senate run, and his son, Ted Mondale 1998 gubernatorial election campaign was also unsuccessful. She was the chief of staff for Minneapolis mayor R. T. Rybak before he Dayton.

It was assumed that you can run for Governor earlier this year to replace Dayton in the year 2018, but ultimately went to the Governor’s election bid.

Lawrence Jacobs, Director of the center for the study of politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, said that Smith “comes across as any other type of big politics,” citing such examples as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Tina Smith for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

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“She is soft spoken. They would prefer to negotiate in a room or talking with the people, than a political speech. This is not said really your style,” Jacobs. “You can do it, but it is something that she had to learn.”

During the presidential elections, Smith, Hillary Clinton campaigned for the Democratic candidate. Clinton won Minnesota by a little more than 1 percent.

What else did Smith?

Originally from Albuquerque, N. M., Smith moved to Minnesota in 1984 for a marketing job at General Mills. They grew more politically active in the 1990s with the establishment of your own marketing and consulting company.

Smith served as the vice president of external affairs for planned Parenthood, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota from 2003 to 2006.

“She has excellent relationships in the economy,” Jacobs said, adding that Minnesota business leaders “speak lovingly” of Smith as someone who understands their issues and is pragmatic.

Smith received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and has an MBA from Dartmouth College. She is married with two children.

What will you bring to Washington?

In front of Dayton’s announcement, Minnesota DFL y chair Ken Martin told Minnesota Public Radio that Smith “would be a brilliant choice in a variety of ways.”

“She’s been a great lieutenant governor. I would argue, probably the best lieutenant governor our state has ever seen,” he said. “It is a real public servant who served this state in many roles.”

Jacobs described Smith as “almost a throwback to a different time, based someone who built a thoughtful, close personal relationships, and facts.”

For your voting record, Jacobs said Minnesotans can expect to agree with you, similar to Minnesota’s other Democratic senator, Amy Klobuchar: in a pragmatic and along party lines, while they are still on the search for ways to partner with the Republicans.

Franken praised the appointment of Smith, who he called a “public servant.”

“Your record of accomplishment as Lieutenant Governor shows that he said an effective senator who knows how to work across party lines to get things done for Minnesota,” in a statement.

But the National Republican Senate Committee spokesman Michael McAdams, suggested to Smith as “a DFL insider, hand-picked by Mark Dayton.”

“The last thing the want to Minnesotans, is committed to a political operative to increase the taxes, while they represent in the U.S. Senate,” he said.

Due to Minnesota’s election laws, Smith would be in Swiss francs, the seat of 2018 is to serve when a by-election would be held, and the winner would serve for the Rest of the francs with a term up to January 2021.

Smith would not be obliged to run in the 2018 special election, but she has learned to expect to do so, Fox News.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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