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Al Franken

Al Franken
Personal data
Date of birthMay 21, 1951(age 64)
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Birth nameAlan Stuart Franken
Political partyDemocratic-Farmer-Labor
SpouseFranni Bryson Franken
ResidenceMinneapolis, Minnesota
Alma materHarvard College (A.B.)
OccupationU.S. Senator, comedian, actor, author, screenwriter, political commentator, politician, and radio host
Assumed officeJuly 7, 2009
Serving with Amy Klobuchar
Preceded byNorm Coleman

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Alan Stuart "Al" Franken (born May 21, 1951) is the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which affiliates with the national Democratic Party.

Franken achieved note as a writer and performer for the television show Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975 before moving to writing and acting in films and television shows. He then became a political commentator, author of five books and host of a nationally syndicated radio show on the Air America Radio network.

In 2008, Franken narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman, by 312 votes, after a mandatory statewide manual recount. Coleman contested the outcome in court, but the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously upheld Franken's victory on June 30, 2009.

Franken was sworn in to the Senate on July 7, 2009.

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