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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

  • District: Junior Senator from Minnesota
  • Residence: Minneapolis
  • Born: May 21, 1951; Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Religion: Jewish
  • Family: Wife, Franni Franken; two children
  • Education: Harvard U., A.B. 1973 (general studies)
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: No previous office; U.S. Senate, 2009-present
  • Elected: Elected: 2008 (1st term); Defeated Sen. Norm Coleman, R
  • Committee Assignments: Energy & Natural Resources (Energy - Chairman; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; Water & Power); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Children & Families; Employment & Workplace Safety); Indian Affairs; Judiciary (Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights; Bankruptcy & Courts; Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights; Privacy, Technology & the Law - Chairman)
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State Information: Minnesota

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2008 + general James Niemackl (CNSTP)    
Dean Barkley (INDC)    
Charles Aldrich (LIBERT)    
Al Franken (D) 1,212,629 41.5%
Norm Coleman (R) 1,212,317 41.5%
2002 general Norm Coleman (R) 1,116,697 49.5%
Walter Mondale (D) 1,067,246 47.3%
Jim Moore (INDC) 45,139 2%
Paul Wellstone (D) 11,381 0.5%
Ray Tricomo (GREEN) 10,119 0.4%
Miro Kovatchevich (CNSTP) 2,254 0.1%
1996 general Paul Wellstone (D) 1,098,493 50.3%
Rudy Boschwitz (R) 901,282 41.3%
Dean Barkley (REF) 152,333 7%
Tim Davis (GR) 14,139 0.6%
Roy Ezra Carlton (LIBERT) 5,428 0.2%
Howard B. Hanson (RES) 4,382 0.2%
Steve Johnson (NL) 4,321 0.2%
Thomas A. Fiske (SW) 1,554 0.1%
1990 general Paul Wellstone (DFL) 911,999 50%
Rudy Boschwitz (IR) 864,375 48%
Russell B. Bentley (GR) 29,820 2%
+ Nearly complete, unofficial returns
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 54.06% John McCain: 43.82%
2012 : 52.65% : 44.96%
2004 John Kerry: 51% George W. Bush: 48%
2000 Al Gore: 48% George W. Bush: 46%
1996 Bill Clinton: 51% Robert Dole: 35%
1992 Bill Clinton: 43% George H. W. Bush: 32%
1988 Michael Dukakis: 53% George H. W. Bush: 46%
1984 Walter F. Mondale: 50% :

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