Senator Tina smith back in MN after 1st week in Washington DC

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Though I never anticipated this moment, I am resolved to do everything I can to move Minnesota forward. Furthermore, Dayton too put up his number 2 to replace Franken, who is to resign after several sexual misconduct allegations that includes harassment and groping. "And I believe the best way to do that is to be the best senator that I can be". "It has strong bipartisan support and we have to get it done because we have people-their lives are literally on hold trying to figure out what they're going to do". "We need to look out for one another". However, when the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton went on to appoint her in December of past year, she made it clear that she plans to run in, and win, the special election.

"I'm ready to work", said Smith."We have great opportunities in this state and we have so much more work to make sure that those opportunities are broadly shared".

A day after being sworn into the Senate, Minnesota's Tina Smith picked up the endorsement of EMILY's List on Thursday for the November special election.

She says she is focused on doing this job in her own way. "It was everything from getting my senate ID card to moving into my apartment, to meeting Senator Franken's staff".

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During her speech Saturday night Smith brought up the long history of her senate seat, praising senators like Paul Wellstone, Huber Humphrey and Walter Mondale.

"I will continue to work very hard on rural broadband, i will continue to work very hard on making health care more affordable", Sen.

"I think that R.T. Rybak said this about her, she's the velvet hammer", Klobuchar said.

"I'm always an optimist", Smith says. She's also set to present a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol to Hibbing Fire Chief Erik Jankila, in honor of retired Hibbing Fire Capt. Steven Gillitzer, who died in a December 26 fire along with his wife and two of his grandsons; Gillitzer rescued another grandson and died while attempting to save the others.