al franken

(D-mN) Senate

PRIOR TO HIS ENTRéE INTO POLITICS, Al Franken was already known to millions as a highly successful comedian, writer, and commentator. Franken proved to be a serious candidate, however, as he triumphed over two opponents, including an incumbent, in a rare three way race to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. Franken is a committed champion of the environment, listing energy and conservation issues as top priorities during his campaign. He strongly supports comprehensive climate change legislation to renew the American economy and increase national security while protecting the future of the planet. To that end, Franken has repeatedly invoked President kennedy’s “Apollo” project as a model for the nation’s path to a clean energy future, acknowledging both the progress that can be made with a strong federal commitment and the speed with which it can be accomplished. As a native of the Land of 10,000 Lakes, he is a proponent of passing legislation to restore the scope of the original Clean Water Act to preserve the waters that sustain millions of Americans. Franken joins the Senate after defeating Senator Norm Coleman, who leaves the Senate with an LCV lifetime score of just 33 percent.

In his own words
“We have an excellent opportunity to preserve our environment, to protect our national security, and to create thousands of high-paying jobs simply by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil. This is a win, win, win situation and I think that the urgency of this can’t be overstated, but in addressing it, we can do great things for Minnesota and for the country. But we must act now… It will take a fundamental commitment at all levels of government to turn this country around and I will go to Washington to make those changes.”