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Confirmation hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor in Washington
Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, looks on as Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the start of her confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 13, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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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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