Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is expected to name Lt. Gov. Tina Smith (D) to replace Sen. Al Franken following his resignation from the Senate over sexual misconduct allegations, according to a report in The Minneapolis Star Tribune citing a “high-ranking Democratic source.”
Franken resigned just before noon in a speech on the Senate floor in which he said some of the accusations of sexual misconduct lodged against him were not true, while others he remembered differently.
More than 30 Democratic senators, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), called for his resignation this week.
Should Dayton appoint Smith, she would serve in the Senate until a special election next November, when voters would decide who serves the remaining two years of Franken’s term.
Minnesota’s other senator, Amy Klobuchar (D), is up for reelection in 2018.