Tina Smith

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When Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon announced she would not seek reelection, Dayton selected Smith as his running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial election. He cited Smith's work on passing legislation for new Minnesota Vikings Stadium, as well as her support for the Destination Medical Center project with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. [15]

Smith stepped down as Dayton's chief of staff to campaign for lieutenant governor. After being nominated by acclamation at the DFL state convention, and facing only token opposition in the DFL gubernatorial primary, Dayton and Smith defeated Republicans Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle in the general election. [16]

Tenure

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Smith in 2016

Smith took office as lieutenant governor on January 5, 2015, and served until she was appointed to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate on January 2, 2018. [17] During her tenure Smith was described by many political observers as having a much higher profile and playing a much more significant role in legislative negotiations than her predecessors. [9] [18] She spent a significant amount of time traveling the state in support of the priorities of Dayton's administration, including funding for optional preschool for all four-year-olds, transportation infrastructure, and rural broadband internet access. She also served as chair of the Destination Medical Center board until her resignation in December 2017. [19] [20]

In 2016 Roll Call named Smith to its "America's Top 25 Most Influential Women in State Politics" list, citing her high-profile role in the Dayton administration. [21]

Despite widespread speculation to the contrary, Smith announced in March 2017 that she would not run for governor in the 2018 election. [22] [23]

U.S. Senate

Dayton appointing Smith to the Senate Governor Mark Dayton appoints Lt. Governor Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate (39035441961).jpg
Dayton appointing Smith to the Senate

Appointment

On December 13, 2017, Governor Dayton announced Smith as his pick to fill the United States Senate seat held by Al Franken, who had announced he would resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. [24] [25] Democrats in the state immediately united around Smith as the party's candidate in the November 2018 special election to fill Franken's term. [26]

Franken officially resigned on January 2, 2018. [27] [28]

Elections

2018 Special

In August 2018, Smith won the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary with 76% of the vote. Richard Painter, a White House ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration, finished second with 14%. [29] [30]

In the November general election, Smith defeated Republican nominee Karin Housley, a state senator from St. Marys Point, with 53% of the vote to Housley's 42%. [31] [32]

2020

Minnesota was seen as a swing state in the 2020 presidential election, which made Smith a swing-state Democrat up for reelection. Her campaign focused on delivering results for Minnesotans on local issues, such as farming in southern Minnesota, police brutality in wake of the George Floyd protests and North Shore drilling in the Duluth area, and took strong positions on national issues such as the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination. Smith defeated Republican nominee Jason Lewis with 48.8% of the vote to Lewis's 43.5%, thus winning her first full 6-year Senate term. [33]

Tenure

With Vice President Mike Pence administering the oath of office, Smith was officially sworn in as a U.S. Senator on January 3, 2018, [34] alongside Doug Jones of Alabama. She was accompanied by fellow Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President and former Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale. [35]

Smith was participating in the certification of the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count on January 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol. She called the participants in the attack "seditionists" and blamed Trump for inciting the attack. When the Capitol was secure and the Congress returned to session, Smith supported the certification of the count. [36] In response to the insurrection, she called for Trump's immediate removal from office through the invocation of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and impeachment, saying that the president needed to be held accountable for the attack and that "he is dangerous to our democracy and to public safety." [37] [38] She said that Representatives Michelle Fischbach and Jim Hagedorn, who objected to certifying the election, "were complicit in pushing for the president's big lie", [37] and also called on Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to resign for objecting to the certification of the election and spreading falsehoods about election integrity. [39]

Committee assignments

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Smith previously served on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from January 10, 2018 to January 3, 2019, during the first session of the 116th Congress.

Political positions

Abortion

Smith supports abortion rights. She was a vice president at Planned Parenthood from 2003 to 2006, where she lobbied against efforts to oppose abortion rights. [46] [47]

In February 2019, Smith voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, saying that the bill "would override physicians' professional judgment about what is best for their patients" and "put physicians in the position of facing criminal penalties if their judgment about what is best for their patient is contrary to what is described in this bill." [48]

On May 2, 2022, just after Politico obtained and released a 98-page U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion striking down Roe v. Wade , Smith responded in a tweet, "This is bullshit." [49] After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, Senators Smith and Elizabeth Warren wrote a New York Times op-ed calling on President Joe Biden to unblock "critical resources and authority that states and the federal government can use to meet the surge in demand for reproductive health services." [50]

Agriculture

In March 2019, Smith and 37 other senators signed a letter to US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue warning that dairy farmers "have continued to face market instability and are struggling to survive the fourth year of sustained low prices" and urging his department to "strongly encourage these farmers to consider the Dairy Margin Coverage program." [51]

Climate change

In November 2018, Smith and 24 other Democratic senators cosponsored a resolution in response to findings of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) report and National Climate Assessment. The resolution affirmed the senators' acceptance of the findings and their support for bold action to address climate change. [52]

Digital assets

In a 2021 letter, Smith and four colleagues wrote to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to criticize the company's Diem digital currency project. In the letter, they argued that "stablecoins in general" are "incompatible with the actual financial regulatory landscape." [53] In 2022, Smith and Elizabeth Warren wrote to Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson to object to a plan to allow for the inclusion of Bitcoin in their 401(k)s. [54]

Drug policy

In December 2018, Smith and 20 other senators signed a letter to Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb stating their approval of the Food and Drug Administration's actions to hinder youth access to e-cigarettes and urging the FDA "to take additional, stronger steps to prevent and reduce e-cigarette use among youth." [55]

In July 2020, Smith introduced the Substance Regulation and Safety Act to legalize cannabis at the federal level and direct federal agencies to develop various regulations regarding cannabis. [56] During a floor speech on racial justice, she called for passage of the bill along with the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act to end the "failed policy" of cannabis prohibition that "contributes to mass incarceration and over-policing of communities of color". [57]

Foreign policy

In April 2019, Smith and 33 other senators signed a letter to then-President Donald Trump asserting that Trump had "consistently expressed a flawed understanding of U.S. foreign assistance" since becoming president and that by preventing the use of Fiscal Year 2018 national security funding he was "personally undermining efforts to promote U.S. national security and economic prosperity". The senators argued that foreign assistance to Central American countries decreased migration to the U.S. by helping to improve conditions in those countries. [58]

Gun control

In March 2018 Smith and nine other senators signed a letter to Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Lamar Alexander and ranking Democrat Patty Murray requesting they schedule a hearing on the causes and remedies of mass shootings in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. [59]

Health care

In the lead-up to the 2018 elections, Smith said her record in the Senate showed she would fight pharmaceutical companies to improve people's lives, and that she would continue to fight to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs in Minnesota, for example by making generic drugs more available, preventing people with preexisting conditions from being charged more, and allowing Minnesotans to buy in to Medicare if they are dissatisfied with their options on the insurance market. [60] Smith has endorsed single-payer healthcare. [61]

In December 2018, Smith and 41 other senators signed a letter to Trump administration officials Alex Azar, Seema Verma, and Steve Mnuchin arguing that the administration was improperly using Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to authorize states to "increase health care costs for millions of consumers while weakening protections for individuals with preexisting conditions." The senators requested the administration withdraw the policy and "re-engage with stakeholders, states, and Congress." [62]

In January 2019, during the 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown, Smith and 33 other senators signed a letter to Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb recognizing the efforts of the FDA to address the shutdown's effect on public health and employees while remaining alarmed "that the continued shutdown will result in increasingly harmful effects on the agency's employees and the safety and security of the nation's food and medical products." [63]

In February 2019, Smith and ten other senators signed a letter to insulin manufactures Eli Lilly and Company, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi about their increased insulin prices having deprived patients of "access to the life-saving medications they need." [64]

Housing and infrastructure

In April 2019, Smith and 40 other senators signed a bipartisan letter to the housing subcommittee praising the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 4 Capacity Building program as authorizing "HUD to partner with national nonprofit community development organizations to provide education, training, and financial support to local community development corporations (CDCs) across the country" and expressing disappointment that President Trump's budget "has slated this program for elimination after decades of successful economic and community development." The senators wrote of their hope that the subcommittee would support continued funding for Section 4 in Fiscal Year 2020. [65]

In June 2019 Smith was one of eight senators to sponsor the Made in America Act, legislation that would designate federal programs that had funded infrastructure projects not currently subject to Buy America standards and mandate that the materials used in these programs be domestically produced. Bill cosponsor Tammy Baldwin said the bill would strengthen Buy America requirements and that she was hopeful both Democrats and Republicans would support "this effort to make sure our government is buying American products and supporting American workers." [66]

Immigration

In August 2018, Smith was one of 17 senators to sign a letter spearheaded by Kamala Harris to United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen demanding that the Trump administration take immediate action in attempting to reunite 539 migrant children with their families, citing each passing day of inaction as intensifying "trauma that this administration has needlessly caused for children and their families seeking humanitarian protection." [67]

In July 2019, following reports that the Trump administration intended to cease protecting spouses, parents and children of active-duty service members from deportation, Smith was one of 22 senators led by Tammy Duckworth to sign a letter arguing that the protection gave service members the ability "to fight for the United States overseas and not worry that their spouse, children, or parents will be deported while they are away" and that its termination would both cause service members personal hardship and negatively affect their combat performance. [68]

LGBTQ rights

In October 2018, Smith and 19 other senators signed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to reverse the rolling back of a policy that granted visas to same-sex partners of LGBTQ diplomats who had unions that were not recognized by their home countries, writing that too many places around the world have seen LGBTQ individuals "subjected to discrimination and unspeakable violence, and receive little or no protection from the law or local authorities" and that refusing to let LGBTQ diplomats bring their partners to the US would be equivalent of upholding "the discriminatory policies of many countries around the world." [69]

Railroad safety

In June 2019, Smith and nine other senators cosponsored the Safe Freight Act, a bill that would require freight trains to have one or more certified conductors and a certified engineer on board who can collaborate on how to protect the train and people living near the tracks. The legislation was meant to correct a Federal Railroad Administration rollback of a proposed rule intended to establish safety standards. [70]

Personal life

Smith's husband, Archie Smith, is a successful independent investor, focusing largely on health care and medical companies. [71] The couple have two sons. [72]

In May 2019, during a speech on the Senate floor, Smith described her experiences with getting help in college and in her early 30s for depression. [73]

Electoral history

Tina Smith
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United States Senator
from Minnesota
Assumed office
January 3, 2018
Servingwith Amy Klobuchar
2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary election results [74]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Mark Dayton/Tina Smith 177,849 92.99
Democratic (DFL) Leslie Davis/Gregor Soderberg8,5304.46
Democratic (DFL) Bill Dahn/James Vigliotti4,8802.55
Total votes191,259 100
Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014 [75]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL) Mark Dayton/Tina Smith (incumbent)989,113 50.07% +6.44%
Republican Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle879,25744.51%+1.30%
Independence Hannah Nicollet/Tim Gieseke56,9002.88%-9.06%
Grassroots Chris Wright/David Daniels31,2591.58%+1.22%
Libertarian Chris Holbrook/Chris Dock18,0820.92%n/a
N/A Write-ins7950.04%-0.05%
Total votes'1,975,406''100.0%'N/A
Democratic (DFL) hold
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary results, Minnesota 2018 [76]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Tina Smith (incumbent) 433,705 76.06%
Democratic (DFL) Richard Painter78,19313.71%
Democratic (DFL) Ali Chehem Ali18,8973.31%
Democratic (DFL) Gregg Iverson17,8253.13%
Democratic (DFL) Nick Leonard16,5292.90%
Democratic (DFL) Christopher Seymore5,0410.88%
Total votes570,190 100%
United States Senate special election in Minnesota, 2018 [77]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL) Tina Smith (incumbent) 1,370,540 52.97% -0.18%
Republican Karin Housley1,095,77742.35%-0.56%
Legal Marijuana Now Sarah Wellington95,6143.70%N/A
Independent Jerry Trooien24,3240.94%N/A
Write-in 1,1010.04%N/A
Total votes'2,587,356''100.0%'N/A
Democratic (DFL) hold
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party primary results, Minnesota, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic (DFL) Tina Smith (incumbent) 497,498 87.1%
Democratic (DFL) Paula Overby30,4975.3%
Democratic (DFL) Ahmad Hassan20,0373.5%
Democratic (DFL) Steve Carlson16,4292.9%
Democratic (DFL) Christopher Seymore6,4801.1%
Total votes570,941 100.0%
United States Senate election in Minnesota, 2020 [78]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Democratic (DFL) Tina Smith (incumbent) 1,566,522 48.74% -4.23%
Republican Jason Lewis 1,398,14543.50%+1.15%
Legal Marijuana Now Kevin O'Connor190,1545.91%+2.21%
Grassroots Oliver Steinberg57,1741.78%N/A
Write-in 2,2610.07%+0.03%
Total votes3,214,256 100.0%
Democratic (DFL) hold

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Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
2015–2018
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Al Franken
U.S. senator (Class 2) from Minnesota
2018present
Served alongside: Amy Klobuchar
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Al Franken
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Minnesota
(Class 2)

2018, 2020
Most recent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded byas United States Senator from Nevada Order of precedence of the United States
as United States Senator from Minnesota

since January 3, 2018
Succeeded byas United States Senator from Mississippi
United States senators by seniority
81st