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Al Franken was born on May 21, 1951 into a Jewish family in New York City and grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He Graduated from The Blake School and then attended Harvard University where he obtained a Bachelor degree in Political Science and meet his wife Franni Bryson.  Franken began his comic career during high school where he performed on stage at the Minneapolis’ Brave New Workshop Theatre with his friend Tom Davis. After college he returned to the same theatre where he began his political comic career to continue it. His gig at Minneapolis’ Brave New Workshop Theatre lead to him getting a position as an apprentice writer with Saturday Night Live. During his time at Saturday Night Live he became a big public figure by writing scripts and creating characters. According to  “The Al Franken Biography” on TheFamousPeople website,  he worked for SNL for fifthteen years from 1995 to 1980 and then again from 1985 to 1995. “During this time he won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series” (The Biography.com)” After leaving Saturday Night Live, under protest for not getting a part, he went on to perform for the United Service Organization (USO) as a volunteer to entertain the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan (The Biography.com)  His service in the USO showed his commitment to patriotism because it was a volunteer position that was meant to help boost the morale of the members of the military and their families.  According to The Biography.com, Al Franken volunteered at “celebrity handshake tours at military hospitals, while visiting wounded soldiers”.  His service for the USO was eventually recognized when he was given the “USO’s-Metro Merit Award for his decade-long involvement.” (thefamouspeople.com)   Another aspect of Mr. Franken’s talents include book writing.  In his writings he combined his love for political satire with his love for writing.  According to Biography.com,  “Some of his written works include, ‘Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations’, ‘Why Not Me?’, ‘Oh, The Things I Know! A Guide To Success or Failing That Happiness’….” Al Franken began to make a name for himself by using his knowledge of the political scene as well as his biting political satire to express his views against leaders that he did not support.  A big target of his satire and writings was the extreme thinking Republicans.  Finally ready to move his career in a different direction from entertainment, he ran for political office in 2008 and he narrowly won the election to become a United States Senator for Minnesota for the Democratic Party (thefamouspeople.com)According to the Official Website of Sen. Al Franken, prior to his recent resignation,  his electoral history is that he was  “First elected to the Senate in 2008, and re-elected in 2014, he currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.”  His first election was a narrow victory for sure.  According to The Al Franken Biography on thefamouspeople.com, his first election was so close that “at the time of vote counting, there was less than 0.5 percent of difference between the two candidates which resulted in recount. At the recount, Franken emerged as the winner, ahead of Coleman by 225 votes which increased to 312 when the absentees’ ballot was counted.”   As far as his major contributions and key stances, “His work has improved health care for families and businesses, preserved Americans’ privacy, reformed dangerous Wall Street practices, modernized farm policy, and helped ensure American workers are trained to fill the jobs being created” (Official Website of Sen Al Franken)  Al Franken was a liberal senator who often voted for issues such as:  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, Temporary Extension of Tax Relief, Health and Compensation Act, Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act, Allowing Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Officers, Extension of Tax Cuts for Those Making Under $250,000 just to name a few.  (votesmart.com)  Senator Al Franken served in the senate from 2009 until he resigned on January 2, 2018 due to allegations of sexual misconduct.  

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