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Tina SmithDEMDemocrat United States Senator
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Christine Elizabeth Smith (née Flint, born March 4, 1958) is an American politician, retired Democratic political consultant, and former businesswoman serving as the junior United States senator from Minnesota since 2018. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the Democratic Party. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Smith moved to Minnesota in the 1980s to work for General Mills and later became the vice president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota. She then began a career as a political consultant and organizer for Democratic candidates. Smith managed Ted Mondale's unsuccessful bid for governor of Minnesota in 1998 and Walter Mondale's unsuccessful last-minute campaign in the 2002 United States Senate election in Minnesota after incumbent senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash 11 days before the election.After Walter Mondale lost, Smith served as chief of staff to Mayor of Minneapolis R. T. Rybak. She then helped run Mark Dayton's successful campaign for Governor of Minnesota in 2010. After his extremely close victory, Dayton named Smith his chief of staff. Later, for Dayton's reelection campaign in the 2014 election, Smith was named as Dayton's pick for lieutenant governor. After winning her first election to public office, Smith served as the 48th lieutenant governor of Minnesota from 2015 to 2018. Dayton appointed her to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken's resignation in 2018.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Dartmouth College
1982 - 1984
Stanford University
Bachelor's Political Science
1976 - 1980
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
United States Senate
2018 - Current
Lieutenant Governor
State of Minnesota
2014 - 2018
Former Member
Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security, United States Senate
Senior Manager
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
2003 - 2006
Vice President of External Affairs
Planned Parenthood
2003 - 2006
Campaign Manager
Walter Mondale for Senate
Campaign Manager
Ted Mondale for Governor
MacWilliams Cosrove Smith Robinson
1992 - 1998
General Mills
Former Chief of Staff
Mayor R.T. Rybak, City of Minneapolis
Former Chief of Staff
Governor Mark Dayton, State of Minnesota
Former Employee
Trans-Alaskan Pipeline
Former Marketing Professional
General Mills, Incorporated
Other Experience1 - 10 of 10
Amy Klobuchar for Minnesota
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Former Member
Water and Power Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Energy and Natural Resources Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Public Lands, Forests, and Mining Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Energy Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Former Member
Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment