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Al Franken
Alan Stuart Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedian, writer, producer, author, and former politician who served as a United States Senator

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Al Franken United States Senator
from Minnesota In office
July 7, 2009[n 1] – January 2, 2018Preceded by Norm ColemanSucceeded by Tina Smith Personal detailsBorn Alan Stuart Franken
(1951-05-21) May 21, 1951 (age 67)
New York City, New York, U.S.Political party Democratic-Farmer-LaborSpouse(s) Franni Bryson (m. 1975)Children 2Education Harvard University (BA)Signature Website alfranken.com

Alan Stuart Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedian, writer, producer, author, and former politician who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2009 to 2018. He became well known in the 1970s and 1980s as a performer on the television comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). After decades as a comedic actor and writer, he became a prominent liberal political activist, hosting The Al Franken Show on Air America Radio.

Franken was first elected to the United States Senate in 2008 as the nominee of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL, an affiliate of the Democratic Party), defeating incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman by 312 votes out of nearly three million cast. He won reelection in 2014 with 53.2% of the vote over Republican challenger Mike McFadden. Franken resigned on January 2, 2018, after several allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him.

Contents
  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Saturday Night Live
  • 3 Post-SNL
  • 4 Political activism prior to election
  • 5 U.S. Senate
    • 5.1 2008 elections
    • 5.2 2014 elections
    • 5.3 Tenure
    • 5.4 Sexual misconduct allegations
      • 5.4.1 Resignation
    • 5.5 Committee assignments
  • 6 Personal life
  • 7 Works
  • 8 Filmography
  • 9 Electoral history
    • 9.1 2008
    • 9.2 2014
  • 10 See also
  • 11 Notes
  • 12 References
  • 13 External links
Early life and education

Franken was born on May 21, 1951, in New York City, to Joseph Franken, a printing salesman, and Phoebe Franken (born Kunst), a real estate agent. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Germany; his maternal grandfather came from Grodno, Russian Empire; and his maternal grandmother's parents were also from the Russian Empire. Phoebe was from Allentown, Pennsylvania.[1][2] Both of his parents were Jews, and Franken was raised in a Reform Jewish home.[3] The Frankens moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota, when he was four years old.[4] His father opened a quilting factory, but it failed after just two years. The family then moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis.[5] Franken graduated from The Blake School in 1969, where he was a member of the wrestling team.[6] He attended Harvard College, where he majored in political science, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973.[7] His older brother Owen is a photojournalist, and his cousin Bob is a journalist for MSNBC.[8]

Franken began performing in high school, where he and his longtime friend and writing partner Tom Davis were known for their comedy.[9] The duo first performed on stage at Minneapolis's Brave New Workshop theater, specializing in political satire.[10] They soon found themselves in what was described as "a life of near-total failure on the fringes of show business in Los Angeles."[11]

Saturday Night Live

Franken and Tom Davis were recruited as two of the original writers and occasional performers on Saturday Night Live (SNL) (1975–1980, 1985–1995). In SNL's first season, the two apprentice writers shared a salary of $350 per week.[9] Franken received seven Emmy nominations and three awards for his television writing and producing while creating such characters as self-help guru Stuart Smalley. Another routine proclaimed the 1980s the Al Franken Decade.[12] Franken and Davis wrote the script of the 1986 comedy film One More Saturday Night, appearing in it as rock singers in a band called Bad Mouth. They also had minor roles in All You Need Is Cash and the film Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd .

On Weekend Update near the end of Season 5, Franken delivered a commentary called "A Limo for a Lame-O". He mocked controversial NBC president Fred Silverman as "a total unequivocal failure" and displayed a chart showing the poor ratings of NBC programs. As a result of this sketch, Silverman declined Lorne Michaels's recommendation that Franken succeed him as producer, and Franken left the show when Michaels did, at the end of the 1979–80 season.[13] Franken returned to the show in 1985 as a writer and occasional performer. He has acknowledged using cocaine and other illegal drugs while working in television, and stated that he stopped after John Belushi died of an overdose.[14][15] In 1995, Franken left the show in protest over losing the role of Weekend Update anchor to Norm Macdonald.[16]

Post-SNL Main articles: Fox v. Franken and The Al Franken Show Franken entertaining troops at Ramstein Air Base in December 2000

In 1995, Franken wrote and starred in the film Stuart Saves His Family, which was based on his SNL character Stuart Smalley. The film was a critical and commercial failure, and Franken later became depressed as a result.[17][18] Despite its aggregate rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes,[19] the film received favorable reviews from The Washington Post[20] and Gene Siskel.[21]

Franken is the author of four books that made The New York Times Best Seller list.[22] In 2003, Penguin Books published his Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, a satirical book on American politics and conservatism. The book's title incorporated the Fox News slogan "Fair and Balanced", and had a cover photo of Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly; that August, Fox News sued, claiming infringement of its registered trademark phrase.[23][24] A federal judge found the lawsuit "wholly without merit." The incident focused media attention on Franken's book and, according to him, greatly increased its sales.[25][26] The publicity resulting from the lawsuit propelled Franken's yet-to-be-released book to number 1 on Amazon.com.[27]

Franken signed a one-year contract in early 2004 to host a talk show for Air America Radio's flagship program with co-host Katherine Lanpher, who remained with the show until October 2005. The network was launched on March 31, 2004. Originally named The O'Franken Factor but renamed The Al Franken Show on July 12, 2004, the show aired three hours a day, five days a week for three years. Its stated goal was to put more progressive views on the public airwaves to counter what Franken perceived as the dominance of conservative syndicated commentary on the radio: "I'm doing this because I want to use my energies to get Bush unelected," he told a New York Times reporter in 2004.[28] Franken's last radio show on Air America Radio was on February 14, 2007, at the end of which he announced his candidacy for the United States Senate.[29]

Franken also co-wrote the film When a Man Loves a Woman, co-created and starred in the NBC sitcom LateLine, and appeared in the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

In 2003, Franken served as a Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.[12] Since 2005, he has been a contributor to The Huffington Post.[30]

Franken toured Iraq several times with the United Service Organizations (USO).[31] On March 25, 2009, he was presented with the USO Metro Merit Award for his 10 years of involvement with the organization.[32][33]

Political activism prior to election Franken with Senator Paul Simon in 1991

According to an article by Richard Corliss published in Time magazine, "In a way, Franken has been running for office since the late '70s." Corliss also hinted at Franken's "possibly ironic role as a relentless self-promoter" in proclaiming the 1980s "The Al Franken Decade" and saying, "Vote for me, Al Franken. You'll be glad you did!"[34] In 1999, Franken released a parody book, Why Not Me?, detailing his hypothetical campaign for president in 2000. He had been a strong supporter of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone and was deeply affected by Wellstone's death in a plane crash shortly before the 2002 election. Wellstone was a mentor[35][36] and political and personal role model for Franken, who stated his hopes of following in Wellstone's footsteps.[37][38]

Franken said he learned that 21% of Americans received most of their news from talk radio, an almost exclusively conservative medium.[34] "I didn't want to sit on the sidelines, and I believed Air America could make a difference", he said.[34] In November 2003, Franken talked about moving back to his home state of Minnesota to run for the Senate. At the time the seat once held by Wellstone was occupied by Republican Norm Coleman. At a 2004 Democratic presidential campaign event, Franken tackled a man who was allegedly threatening other attendees and heckling Governor Howard Dean.[39][40] In 2005, Franken announced his move to Minnesota: "I can tell you honestly, I don't know if I'm going to run, but I'm doing the stuff I need to do in order to do it."[41] In late 2005, he started his own political action committee, Midwest Values PAC. By early 2007, the PAC had raised more than $1 million.[42][43]

Franken was the subject of the 2006 documentary film Al Franken: God Spoke, which The New York Times called "an investigation of the phenomenon of ideological celebrity."[44]

Franken initially supported the Iraq War but opposed the 2007 troop surge. In an interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough,[45] he said that he "believed Colin Powell", whose presentation at the United Nations convinced him that the war was necessary, but that he had since come to believe that "we were misled into the war" and urged the Democratic-controlled Congress to refuse to pass appropriations bills to fund the war if they did not include timetables for leaving Iraq. In an interview with Josh Marshall, Franken said of the Democrats, "I think we've gotta make President George W. Bush say, 'OK, I'm cutting off funding because I won't agree to a timetable.'"[46]

Franken favors transitioning to a universal health care system,[47] with the provision that every child in America should receive health care coverage immediately. He objects to efforts to privatize Social Security or cut benefits, and favors raising the cap on wages to which Social Security taxes apply.[48] On his 2008 campaign website, he voiced support for cutting subsidies for oil companies, increasing money available for college students, and cutting interest rates on student loans.[49][50]

During the 2008 election, New York state officials asserted that Al Franken Inc. had failed to carry required workers compensation insurance for employees who assisted him with his comedy and public speaking from 2002 to 2005. Franken paid a $25,000 fine to the state of New York upon being advised his corporation was out of compliance with the state's workers compensation laws.[51] At the same time, the California Franchise Tax Board reported that the same corporation owed more than $4,743 in taxes, fines, and associated penalties in the state of California for 2003 through 2007, because the corporation did not file tax returns in the state for those years.[52] A Franken representative said that it followed the advice of an accountant who believed when the corporation stopped doing business in California that no further filing was required.[53] Subsequently, Franken paid $70,000 in back income taxes in 17 states dating back to 2003, mostly from his speeches and other paid appearances. Franken said he paid the income tax in his state of residence, and he would seek retroactive credit for paying the taxes in the wrong state.[54]

U.S. Senate 2008 elections Main article: United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2008 Franken campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2008

On January 29, 2007, Franken announced his departure from Air America Radio,[29] and on the day of his final show, February 14, he formally announced his candidacy for the United States Senate from Minnesota in 2008.[55] Challenging him for the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party endorsement was Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, a professor, author, and activist; trial lawyer Mike Ciresi; and attorney and human rights activist Jim Cohen, who dropped out of the race early.[56] Franken won the nomination with 65% of the vote.

On July 8, 2007, Franken's campaign stated that it expected to announce that he had raised more money than his Republican opponent, Norm Coleman, during the second quarter of the year, taking in $1.9 million to Coleman's $1.6 million,[57][58] although in early July 2007, Coleman's $3.8 million cash on hand exceeded Franken's $2 million.[58]

In late May 2008, the Minnesota Republican Party released a letter about an article Franken had written for Playboy magazine in 2000 titled "Porn-O-Rama!" The letter, signed by six prominent GOP women, including a state senator and state representative, called on Franken to apologize for what they called a "demeaning and degrading" article.[59] His campaign spokesman responded, "Al had a long career as a satirist. But he understands the difference between what you say as a satirist and what you do as a senator. And as a Senator, Norm Coleman has disrespected the people of Minnesota by putting the Exxons and Halliburtons ahead of working families. And there's nothing funny about that."[59]

On June 7, 2008, Franken was endorsed by the DFL.[60] In a July 2008 interview with CNN, he was endorsed by Ben Stein, a noted entertainer, speechwriter, lawyer and author known for his conservative views, who generally supported Republican candidates.[61] Stein said of Franken, "He is my pal, and he is a really, really capable smart guy. I don't agree with all of his positions, but he is a very impressive guy, and I think he should be in the Senate."

During his campaign, Franken was criticized for advising SNL creator Lorne Michaels on a political sketch ridiculing Senator John McCain's ads attacking Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.[62] Coleman's campaign reacted, saying, "Once again, he proves he's more interested in entertainment than service, and ridiculing those with whom he disagrees."[63]

Preliminary reports on election night, November 4, were that Coleman was leading by over 700 votes, but the official results, certified on November 18, 2008, had Coleman leading by only 215 votes. As the two candidates were separated by less than 0.5 percent of the votes cast, the Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, authorized the automatic recount provided for in Minnesota election law. In the recount, ballots and certifying materials were examined by hand, and candidates could file challenges to the legality of ballots or materials for inclusion or exclusion. On January 5, 2009, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified the recounted vote totals, with Franken ahead by 225 votes.[64]

On January 6, 2009, Coleman's campaign filed an election contest, which led to a trial before a three-judge panel.[65] The trial ended on April 7, when the panel ruled that 351 of 387 disputed absentee ballots were incorrectly rejected and ordered them counted. Counting those ballots raised Franken's lead to 312 votes. Coleman appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court on April 20.[66][67][68] On April 24, the Minnesota Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.[69][70] Oral arguments were conducted on June 1.[69][71]

On June 30, 2009, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously rejected Coleman's appeal and said that Franken was entitled to be certified as the winner. Shortly after the court's decision, Coleman conceded.[72] Governor Tim Pawlenty signed Franken's election certificate that same evening.[73]

2014 elections Main article: United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2014

Franken was reelected to a second term in 2014. He won the August 12 primary election, in which he was challenged by Sandra Henningsgard, with 94.5% of the vote.[74] He won the general election against the Republican candidate, Mike McFadden, with 53.2% of the vote.[75][76]

Tenure Franken meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in May 2009

Franken was sworn into the Senate on July 7, 2009, 246 days after the election.[77][78] He took the oath of office with the Bible of late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, whose old seat was set aside for Franken by Senate leaders.[79][80]

On August 6, 2009, Franken presided over the confirmation vote of Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.[81] On August 5, 2010, Franken presided over the confirmation vote of Elena Kagan. His first piece of legislation, the Service Dogs for Veterans Act, which he wrote jointly with Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, passed the Senate by unanimous consent, establishing a program with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to pair disabled veterans with service dogs.[82]

2009 official portrait

A video of Franken at the Minnesota State Fair on September 2, 2009, engaging in a discussion with a group of Tea Party protesters on health care reform, began circulating on the Internet and soon went viral.[83][84] The discussion was noted for its civility, in contrast to the explosive character of several other discussions between members of the 111th Congress and their constituents that had occurred over the summer.[83][85][86]

During the debate on health care reform, Franken was one of the strongest supporters of a single-payer system.[87] He authored an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act called the Medical Loss Ratio, which required that insurance companies spend at least 80% of premiums on actual health care costs, rising to 85% for large group plans.[88] On September 30, 2013, Franken voted to remove a provision that would repeal the medical device tax in Obamacare from a government funding bill,[89][90] saying that though he supported the provision, he disagreed with its being used as a condition for preventing the 2013 federal government shutdown.[91]

Citing the case of Jamie Leigh Jones, Franken introduced a limit to the arbitration policy of the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that withheld defense contracts from companies that restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery, and discrimination cases to court. It passed the Senate in November 2010, 68 to 30, in a roll-call vote.[92] [93]

Franken in 2017

In May 2010, Franken proposed a financial-reform amendment that created a board to select which credit rating agency would evaluate a given security. At the time, any company issuing a security could select the company that evaluated the security.[94] The amendment was passed, but the financial industry lobbied to have it removed from the final bill.[95] Negotiations between the Senate and House, whose version of financial reform did not include such a provision, resulted in the amendment's being watered down to require only a series of studies being done on the issue for two years.[96] After the studies, if the Securities and Exchange Commission had not implemented another solution to the conflict-of-interest problem, Franken's solution would go into effect.[97][98]

In August 2010, Franken made faces and hand gestures and rolled his eyes while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech in opposition to the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.[99][100][101] Franken's actions prompted McConnell to remark, "This isn't Saturday Night Live, Al."[101] After Kagan's confirmation, Franken delivered a handwritten apology to McConnell and issued a public statement saying that McConnell had a right "to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully."[99]

The National Journal reported in 2013 that Franken supports the National Security Agency's data mining programs, believing they have saved lives, and that "I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people."[102]

When Franken declared his intention to seek reelection in 2014,[103] his seat was thought to be a top target for the Republicans because of his very slim margin of victory in the previous election. But Politico reported that his high approval rating, his large campaign fund, and the Republicans' struggle to find a top-tier candidate meant he was a "heavy favorite" to win reelection,[104] and Franken won the race comfortably.

The Associated Press has noted that contrary to expectations, Franken has not sought out the media spotlight: "He rarely talks to the Washington press corps, has shed his comedic persona and focused on policy, working to be taken seriously."[105] In interviews he has expressed his desire to be known for a focus on constituency work, keeping his head down, and working hard.[87][106]

Franken has been an effective fundraiser for the Democrats.[107][108][109] By late 2015, his political action committee had raised more than $5 million in donations.[109] In 2016, his PAC raised $3.3 million.[108][110] According to The Star Tribune, Franken has been able to "draw crowds and donations across the country".[107]

Sexual misconduct allegations See also: 2017–18 United States political sexual scandals

On November 16, 2017, Leeann Tweeden alleged in a blog post and an interview with her radio station, 790 KABC, that Franken forcibly kissed her on a 2006 USO tour during a rehearsal for a skit. She wrote, "I said 'OK' so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth."[111] She said she pushed him away, feeling "disgusted and violated".[111] Franken was also photographed appearing to place his hands above or on her breasts while she was asleep on an aircraft wearing body armor and a helmet.[112][113] In response, Franken said, "I certainly don't remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann ... As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn't. I shouldn't have done it."[114] A few hours later, Franken issued a longer apology,[115] which Tweeden accepted.[116]

On November 20, 2017, a 33-year-old woman named Lindsay Menz accused Franken of touching her clothed buttocks while they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.[117] In a statement responding to the allegation, Franken said, "I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don't remember taking this picture. I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected."[118]

On November 22, 2017, Huffington Post reported that two additional women who insisted upon anonymity said that Franken had subjected them to very similar misconduct during political events in 2007 and 2008 (before he took office), incidents Franken also said he did not remember.[119] Franken issued another apology on November 23, 2017, stating, "I've met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations. I'm a warm person; I hug people. I've learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many."[120]

On November 30, 2017, Jezebel reported that another anonymous woman said that after she was a guest on Franken's radio show in 2006, Franken leaned in toward her face during a handshake and gave her "a wet, open-mouthed kiss" on the cheek when she turned away.[121][122] That same day, an army veteran named Stephanie Kemplin told CNN that Franken held the side of her breast for 5 to 10 seconds "and never moved his hand" while posing for a photograph[123] with her during a 2003 USO tour in Iraq.[124]

Senate Majority and Minority Leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer sent Tweeden's accusations to the Senate Ethics Committee for review, a decision supported by members of both parties, including Franken himself.[113] On November 30, the committee announced that it was investigating allegations against Franken.[125][126] Some liberal groups and commentators, including the Indivisible movement and Sally Kohn, called on Franken to resign because of the allegations.[127] On December 6, two more accusations surfaced, one from an anonymous congressional aide about an attempted kiss at his radio show studio,[128] and one by congressional aide Tina Dupuy about Franken allegedly squeezing her waist at a party prior to Franken taking office.[129] More than two dozen Democratic senators then called on Franken to resign from office.[130]

Resignation

On December 7, 2017, Franken announced his intention to resign his Senate seat.[131] He called some of the accusations “simply not true” and said he remembered others “very differently.”[132] In his resignation speech he made comparisons to Republican politicians, saying he was "aware of the irony" that President Trump remained in office despite the comments Trump made in the Access Hollywood tape released a month before his election, and that the Republican Party supported Roy Moore's Senate campaign despite the many allegations of harassment and molestation against Moore.[133] Franken resigned on January 2, 2018, and Minnesota governor Mark Dayton appointed the lieutenant governor, Tina Smith, to Franken’s seat until a special election in November 2018.[134]

Committee assignments
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining
  • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety (Ranking Member)
  • Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Committee on the Judiciary
  • Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
  • Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
  • Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
  • Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law (Ranking Member)
Personal life

Franken met his wife, Franni Bryson, in his first year at Harvard. In 2005, they moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.[135] Together they have two children. Their daughter, Thomasin,[5] has degrees from Harvard and the French Culinary Institute; she is the director of extended learning at DC Prep, an organization in Washington, D.C., that manages charter schools.[136] Their son, Joseph, works in the finance industry.[5] Franken is a second cousin of the actor Steve Franken, known for his appearances in the television series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.[137] In 2013, Franken received the Stewart B. McKinney Award for his work fighting homelessness.[138]

Works

The following are works authored by Al Franken.

  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations (Delacorte Press, 1996) ISBN 0-385-31474-4
  • Why Not Me?: The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency (Delacorte Press, 1999) ISBN 0-385-31809-X
  • Oh, the Things I Know!: A Guide to Success, or Failing That, Happiness (Plume Books, 2003) ISBN 0-452-28450-3
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right (Dutton Books, 2003) ISBN 0-525-94764-7
  • The Truth (With Jokes) (Dutton Books, 2005) ISBN 0-525-94906-2
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (Grand Central Publishing, 2017) ISBN 1455540412
Filmography Year Work Writer Actor Cameo Notes 1976 Tunnel Vision Yes Role: Al 1977–1980 Saturday Night Live Yes Yes Yes 1977 The Paul Simon Special Yes 1978 All You Need is Cash Yes Role: Extra 1981 Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead Yes Yes Concert video
Role: Host 1981 Steve Martin's Best Show Ever Yes 1981 Bob and Ray, Jane, Laraine and Gilda Yes 1981 The Coneheads Yes 1983 Trading Places Yes Role: Baggage handler 1984 Franken and Davis at Stockton State Yes 1984 The New Show Yes 1986 Saturday Night Live Yes Yes Yes 1986 One More Saturday Night Yes Yes Role: Paul Flum 1988–1995 Saturday Night Live Yes Yes Yes 1994 When a Man Loves a Woman Yes 1995 Stuart Saves His Family Yes Yes Role: Stuart Smalley 1997 3rd Rock from the Sun Yes Episode: "Dick the Vote" 1997 The Larry Sanders Show Yes Episode: "The Roast" 1998-1999 LateLine Yes Yes Yes 1998 From the Earth to the Moon Yes TV miniseries
Role: Jerome Wiesner 2002 Harvard Man Yes 2004 Outfoxed Yes Role: Air America host 2004 The Manchurian Candidate Yes 2004–2007 The Al Franken Show Yes Yes Host of radio talk show 2004 Tanner on Tanner Yes 2006 Al Franken: God Spoke Yes Documentary 2011 Hot Coffee Yes Documentary Electoral history 2008 Wikinews has related news: Minnesota court declares Franken winner; Coleman considers appeal 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary election Party Candidate Votes % DFL Al Franken 164,136 65.34% DFL Priscilla Lord Faris 74,655 29.72% DFL "Dick" Franson 3,923 1.56% DFL Bob Larson 3,152 1.25% DFL Rob Fitzgerald 3,095 1.23% DFL Ole Savior 1,227 0.49% DFL Alve Erickson 1,017 0.40% 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate election[139][140] Party Candidate Votes % DFL Al Franken 1,212,629 41.994% Republican Norm Coleman (incumbent) 1,212,317 41.983% Independence Dean Barkley 437,505 15.151% Libertarian Charles Aldrich 13,923 0.482% Constitution James Niemackl 8,907 0.308% Write-ins 2,365 0.082% Margin of victory 312 0.011% Total votes 2,887,646 100 2014 2014 Minnesota U.S. Senate Democratic–Farmer–Labor primary election Party Candidate Votes % DFL Al Franken (incumbent) 182,720 94.50% DFL Sandra Henningsgard 10,627 5.50% 2014 Minnesota U.S. Senate election[141] Party Candidate Votes % DFL Al Franken (incumbent) 1,053,205 53.15 Republican Mike McFadden 850,227 42.91 Independence Steve Carlson 47,530 2.4 Libertarian Heather Johnson 29,685 1.5 Write-ins Others 881 0.04 Margin of victory 202,978 10.24% Total votes 1,981,528 100 DFL hold See also
  • Saturday Night Live cast members
  • List of Jewish members of the United States Congress
Notes
  1. ^ Franken was elected to the term beginning January 3, 2009, but did not take his seat until July 7, 2009, because of a recount and a subsequent election challenge.
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  • Dick Blasucci, John Candy, Bob Dolman, Joe Flaherty, Paul Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, John McAndrew, Martin Short, Michael Short, Doug Steckler and Mary Charlotte Wilcox (1983)
  • Chris Elliott, Sanford Frank, Ted Greenberg, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Joe Toplyn, Matt Wickline and David Yazbek (1984)
  • Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sandy Frank, Eddie Gorodetsky, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline (1985)
  • Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sandy Frank, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Merrill Markoe, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline (1986)
  • Randy Cohen, Kevin Curran, Chris Elliott, Sandy Frank, Fred Graver, Larry Jacobson, David Letterman, Jeff Martin, Gerard Mulligan, Steve O'Donnell, Adam Resnick, Joe Toplyn and Matt Wickline (1987)
  • Jackie Mason (1988)
  • John Bowman, A. Whitney Brown, Greg Daniels, Tom Davis, James Downey, Al Franken, Shannon Gaughan, Jack Handey, Phil Hartman, George Meyer, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Conan O'Brien, Bob Odenkirk, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Robert Smigel, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner and Christine Zander (1989)
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Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album1959−1980
  • Stan Freberg – The Best of the Stan Freberg Shows (1959)
  • Carl Sandburg – Lincoln Portrait (1960)
  • Robert Bialek (producer) – FDR Speaks (1961)
  • Leonard Bernstein – Humor in Music (1962)
  • Charles Laughton – The Story-Teller: A Session With Charles Laughton (1963)
  • Edward Albee (playwright) – Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1964)
  • That Was the Week That Was – BBC Tribute to John F. Kennedy (1965)
  • Goddard Lieberson (producer) – John F. Kennedy - As We Remember Him (1966)
  • Edward R. Murrow – Edward R. Murrow - A Reporter Remembers, Vol. I The War Years (1967)
  • Everett Dirksen – Gallant Men (1968)
  • Rod McKuen – Lonesome Cities (1969)
  • Art Linkletter & Diane Linkletter – We Love You Call Collect (1970)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam (1971)
  • Les Crane – Desiderata (1972)
  • Bruce Botnick (producer) – Lenny performed by the original Broadway cast (1973)
  • Richard Harris – Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1974)
  • Peter Cook and Dudley Moore – Good Evening (1975)
  • James Whitmore – Give 'em Hell, Harry! (1976)
  • Henry Fonda, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones and Orson Welles - Great American Documents (1977)
  • Julie Harris – The Belle of Amherst (1978)
  • Orson Welles – Citizen Kane Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1979)
  • John Gielgud – Ages of Man - Readings From Shakespeare (1980)
1981−2000
  • Pat Carroll – Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein (1981)
  • Orson Welles – Donovan's Brain (1982)
  • Tom Voegeli (producer) – Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Movie on Record performed by Various Artists (1983)
  • William Warfield – Lincoln Portrait (1984)
  • Ben Kingsley – The Words of Gandhi (1985)
  • Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1986)
  • Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chips Moman, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Sam Phillips – Interviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions (1987)
  • Garrison Keillor – Lake Wobegon Days (1988)
  • Jesse Jackson – Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson (1989)
  • Gilda Radner – It's Always Something (1990)
  • George Burns – Gracie: A Love Story (1991)
  • Ken Burns – The Civil War (1992)
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Robert O'Keefe – What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS (1993)
  • Maya Angelou – On the Pulse of Morning (1994)
  • Henry Rollins – Get in the Van (1995)
  • Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman (1996)
  • Hillary Clinton – It Takes a Village (1997)
  • Charles Kuralt – Charles Kuralt's Spring (1998)
  • Christopher Reeve – Still Me (1999)
  • LeVar Burton – The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. (2000)
2001−present
  • Sidney Poitier, Rick Harris & John Runnette (producers) – The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (2001)
  • Quincy Jones, Jeffrey S. Thomas, Steven Strassman (engineers) and Elisa Shokoff (producer) – Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones (2002)
  • Maya Angelou and Charles B. Potter (producer) – A Song Flung Up to Heaven / Robin Williams, Nathaniel Kunkel (engineer/mixer) and Peter Asher (producer) – Live 2002 (2003)
  • Al Franken and Paul Ruben (producer) – Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2004)
  • Bill Clinton – My Life (2005)
  • Barack Obama – Dreams from My Father (2006)
  • Jimmy Carter – Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis / Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee - With Ossie and Ruby (2007)
  • Barack Obama and Jacob Bronstein (producer) – The Audacity of Hope (2008)
  • Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood – An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (2009)
  • Michael J. Fox – Always Looking Up (2010)
  • Jon Stewart – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook) (2011)
  • Betty White – If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2012)
  • Janis Ian – Society's Child (2013)
  • Stephen Colbert – America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't (2014)
  • Joan Rivers – Diary of a Mad Diva (2015)
  • Jimmy Carter – A Full Life: Reflections at 90 (2016)
  • Carol Burnett – In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (2017)
  • Carrie Fisher – The Princess Diarist (2018)
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Minnesota's delegation(s) to the 111th–115th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority) 111th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: J. Oberstar • C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • M. Bachmann • E. Paulsen 112th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • M. Bachmann • E. Paulsen • C. Cravaack 113th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • M. Bachmann • E. Paulsen • R. Nolan 114th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • J. Kline • T. Walz • K. Ellison • E. Paulsen • R. Nolan • T. Emmer 115th Senate: A. Klobuchar • A. Franken (until Jan. 2018) • T. Smith (from Jan. 2018) House: C. Peterson • B. McCollum • T. Walz • K. Ellison • E. Paulsen • R. Nolan • T. Emmer • J. Lewis Authority control
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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
#1 New York Times Bestseller"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Tahoma; color: #212121; -webkit-text-stroke: #212121} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Cambria; min-height: 14.0px}

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The #1 New York Times bestseller by Senator Al Franken, author of Giant of the SenateAl Franken, one of our “savviest satirists” (People), has been studying the rhetoric of the Right. He has listened to their cries of “slander,” “bias,” and even “treason.” He has examined the GOP's policies of squandering our surplus, ravaging the environment, and alienating the rest of the world. He’s even watched Fox News. A lot.And, in this fair and balanced report, Al bravely and candidly exposes them all for what they are: liars. Lying, lying liars. Al destroys the liberal media bias myth by doing what his targets seem incapable of: getting his facts straight. Using the Right’s own words against them, he takes on the pundits, the politicians, and the issues, in the most talked about book of the year.Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always funny, Lies sticks it to the most right-wing administration in memory, and to the right-wing media hacks who do its bidding.

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Lion of the Senate: When Ted Kennedy Rallied the Democrats in a GOP Congress
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“The best book I have read about the inner dynamics of the United States Senate.” —Doris Kearns GoodwinTwo top domestic policy advisors to Senator Edward Kennedy offer an insider’s view of several remarkable years when Kennedy fought to preserve the Democratic mission against Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America and a Republican majority in both houses—a story that has special resonance now as a resurgent Republican right once again controls Congress. In November 1994 the election swept a new breed of Republicans into control of the United States Congress. Led by Speaker Newt Gingrich, the Republicans were determined to enact a conservative agenda that would reshape American government. Had it not been for Ted Kennedy, they would have succeeded. In 1994, after defending his Senate seat against challenger Mitt Romney, Kennedy came back to Washington to find Democrats, including President Clinton, demoralized and leaning toward “compromises” that would adopt much of the Republican agenda. Undaunted, Kennedy pressed the agenda he would have championed had his party held power. He rallied the Democrats. He reached across the aisle to craft and pass key progressive legislation. And he stopped the Gingrich revolution in its tracks. Nick Littlefield and David Nexon tell this story of a bare-knuckled and sometimes hilarious fight in the United States Senate. It is a political lesson for all time.

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In the grand satirical tradition of Swift, Rabelais, and Twain comes...Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot, and Other Observations...a scathing--but uncompromisingly fair--look at America's largest talk show host and the rest of the Republican right.        Penned by the Emmy award-winning Saturday Night Live writer whom John Podhoretz of the New York Post has called "the man responsible for some of the most brilliant political satire of our time," Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot tackles the issues--and the politicians--in ways few have dared...        Exploding Medicare Costs: "Why not shoot the elderly into space?  Stay with me.  Because I'm not just thinking about the budget here.  I'm talking about science.  Just think how many more manned space operations NASA could undertake if they didn't have to worry about getting the astronauts back."        Crime: "I have a radical gun-buyback idea that I guarantee would be a huge success.  Here's how it works: hand in a gun, get a free vial of crack."        Newt Gingrich: "Many of us, like Newt, have acknowledged smoking dope and reading Toffler in the early 70s.  But after reading his book, I think Newt's dirty little secret is that he smoked dope and watched The Jetsons."        Phil Gramm: "If you get beyond the fact the Gramm is ugly, mean, hypocritical, has a boob fetish, and drives his wife like a mule, he does have a certain folksy charm."        On the subject of Rush Limbaugh, Franken lets the facts speak for themselves. Listen to Rush, the "rugged individualist" and enemy of government handouts, explain how his second wife made him stop sitting around the house eating just food and go file for unemployment insurance.  And learn all of Rush's several explanations for how he avoided the draft.        Of course, when it comes to draft-dodging Republicans, Rush isn't alone. Reading Al's Vietnam short story, "Operation Chickenhawk," you'll savor the exploits of Privates Limbaugh, Gramm, Quayle, Buchanan, Gingrich, and George Will as Lieutenant Oliver North leads them kicking and screaming into combat.        And don't miss Al's informative discussion with the man who has "the easiest job in America": Rush Limbaugh's fact-checker.  And much, much more.

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