Tina Smith has officially taken over Al Franken's seat in the U.S. Senate.
Smith was sworn in during a Wednesday morning ceremony at the Capitol. Smith was Minnesota's lieutenant governor and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to take Franken's seat.
Vice President Mike Pence conducted the ceremony, which included Democrat Doug Jones of Alabama, as well.
Former Vice President Joseph Biden was next to Jones as he was sworn in, while former Vice President Walter Mondale - himself a former Minnesota senator - stood next to Smith.
Following the ceremony, MN DFL Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement:
“Tina is a person who brings people together to solve complex problems. Through this consensus-building approach, she has developed widespread respect on both sides of the aisle. I truly have not met a person in Minnesota politics who does not like Tina, which is a remarkable feat in modern politics. I am confident that she will hit the ground running in Washington and serve Minnesotans well in a federal government so polarized by politics.”
Franken added his support on twitter, as well.
Franken announced his plan to resign last month after a swirl of sexual misconduct allegations. His resignation was official Tuesday.
Smith is a longtime Democratic political operative who served as Dayton's top aide before joining him on the ticket in 2014. She also worked as a vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Smith's resignation as lieutenant governor took effect at midnight Tuesday. She plans to run for the Senate seat in a November special election to finish Franken's term.