- Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace Franken on Wednesday
- Franken has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women
Franken submitted his letter
of resignation, effective at 1 p.m. ET, to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton. Franken wrote that serving in the Senate "has been a privilege and an honor."
"I am grateful to Minnesotans for giving me a chance to serve our state and our nation, and I am proud to have worked on their behalf," the letter states.
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will replace him
"When I leave the Senate in a few weeks," Franken said during his Senate floor speech announcing his exit, "I will continue trying to be an educated citizen and an advocate and an activist."
Multiple women have accused Franken of touching them inappropriately. He apologized for some of the accusations but in his resignation speech said his response to those women's accounts "gave some people the false impression that I was admitting to doing things that in fact I haven't done."
"Some of the allegations against me are simply not true," he said on the Senate floor December 7. "Others I remember very differently."
A special election will be held in Minnesota to permanently fill the seat timed to next year's midterm elections in November. Smith has said she'll run for that position.