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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. Senate, 2009-present
Born: May 21, 1951; Manhattan, N.Y.
Residence: Minneapolis
Religion: Jewish
Family: Wife, Franni Franken; two children
Education: Harvard U., A.B. 1973
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; Water & Power); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Children & Families; Employment & Workplace Safety - Ranking Member); Indian Affairs; Judiciary (Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights; Constitution; Crime & Terrorism; Immigration and the National Interest; Privacy, Technology & the Law - Ranking Member)

Election History
2014generalAl Franken (D) 1,053,20553.2
Mike McFadden (R) 850,22742.9
Steve Carlson (INDC) 47,5302.4
Heather Johnson (LIBERT) 29,6851.5
2008generalJames Niemackl (CNSTP) 00.0
Dean Barkley (INDC) 00.0
Charles Aldrich (LIBERT) 00.0
Al Franken (D) 1,212,62941.5
Norm Coleman (R) 1,212,31741.5
Roll Call Vitals


Minnesota is 35th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.