Senator Al Franken represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 2009-2018. As Senator, he was an early champion of net neutrality, a strong advocate for addressing climate change and an effective opponent of media consolidation. He served on the Judiciary, Health Education Labor and Pensions, Energy and Natural Resources, and Indian Affairs committees. In the Judiciary he created and was the first chairman of the subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. The senator’s first election in 2008 was the closest on a percentage basis in the history of the Senate. He won re-election in 2014 by a margin of more than ten percent of the vote.
Before entering politics, he was an award-winning comedy writer and author. As one of the original writers of Saturday Night Live, he received five Emmy awards. Four of his books have been #1 New York Times bestsellers.
He is a graduate of Harvard College. He has been married to his wife, Franni for 42 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.