Tina Smith, Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, sworn in as senator following Franken resignation

Franken stepped down Tuesday in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

After being sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence, as per tradition, Smith became the 22nd woman currently serving in the Senate, a record number.

Franken served over eight years in the Senate after a career as an actor, comedian and liberal political commentator. Late last year, eight women spoke out about what they viewed as inappropriate interactions with the senator, both before and during his tenure. He expressed regret over some of his actions and explained he felt he could no longer "remain an effective senator".