Sen. Al Franken mentioned Thursday that he would surrender from workplace in “the coming weeks” after dozens of his Democratic colleagues known as for him to step apart.
Franken, a Minnesota Democrat who has been in workplace since 2009, used to be plagued through a couple of accusations of sexual misconduct over the last month and confronted a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. The allegations started after Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her right through a 2006 USO excursion.
Below is a timeline of key moments within the senator’s political career.
Prior to 2008
Before operating for Senate, Franken used to be a comedy creator, actor, writer and radio communicate display host for 37 years, in keeping with his Senate site. Franken’s comedy career incorporated time as a creator and performer for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
After being tapped through the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in June of 2008, Franken used to be elected to constitute Minnesota within the Senate later that yr. After a chronic recount, his opponent, Republican Norm Coleman, in any case conceded to Franken — formally finishing one of the longest Senate races in U.S. historical past, Politico reported on the time.
Franken used to be the main sponsor in the back of a invoice that permits the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa within the State of Minnesota to rent or switch positive land. The invoice used to be enacted in later that yr.
Franken used to be re-elected to his Senate seat in 2014, simply defeating his Republican challenger, Mike McFadden.
Later that yr, Franken counseled Democrat Hillary Clinton for president right through an interview on MSNBC.
Franken subsidized the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015, which used to be enacted that very same yr. The legislation will increase public protection through “facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, veterans treatment services, mental health treatment, and substance abuse system,” in keeping with the invoice.
Franken visited 9 other states in 2016 as phase of an effort to lend a hand Clinton get elected to the White House. He traveled to New Hampshire, Wisconsin and California the place he campaigned and raised cash for the Democratic presidential candidate.
Franken first met the Clintons in 1993. Hillary Clinton supported Franken in his 2008 run for Senate.
Also in 2016, Franken used to be the sponsor in the back of a invoice known as the Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act. The invoice, which used to be later enacted into legislation, added the Zika virus to the record of tropical illnesses beneath the concern evaluation voucher program.
Franken wondered Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s select for secretary of training, on a number of problems right through her affirmation listening to. Franken later mentioned that DeVos “failed to adequately answer even the most basic questions about education policy.”
Franken and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were given right into a heated change right through Sessions’ Senate Judiciary Committee listening to. Franken pressed Sessions about his conferences with Russian officers right through the 2016 presidential marketing campaign.
Nov. 16, 2017
Radio character Leeann Tweeden alleged in a put up at the KABC site that Franken kissed and groped her with out her consent right through a USO excursion in 2006. Tweeden mentioned that Franken insisted on working towards a kiss for a skit.
“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,” she mentioned, including that she driven him away.
Tweeden mentioned that during some other incident, she fell asleep right through a flight and later checked out a CD of pictures. Her put up incorporated a picture of Franken along with his arms over her chest.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she wrote. “He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.”
“I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann,” Franken mentioned in an preliminary commentary. “As to the picture, it used to be obviously meant to be humorous however wasn’t. I shouldn’t have carried out it.”
Franken apologized to Tweeden once more in a longer, 2d commentary. In it, he mentioned that the picture used to be “completely inappropriate” and known as for an ethics investigation.
Another seven girls would due to this fact accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.
Nov. 23, 2017
Franken apologized once more, this time announcing that he “crossed the line.”
“I’m a warm person; I hug people,” Franken mentioned in a commentary on the time. “I’ve learned from recent stories that in some of these encounters, I crossed a line for some women — and I know that any number is too many.”
“I feel terribly that I’ve made some women feel badly,” he added, “and for that I am so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again.”
Nov. 30, 2017
The Senate Ethics Committee mentioned in a commentary that “it has opened a preliminary inquiry into Senator Franken’s alleged misconduct.”
Dec. 6, 2017
Multiple Democratic senators name for Franken to step down.
Dec. 7, 2017
Franken mentioned he would step down “in the coming weeks.”