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Al Franken

Alan Stuart Franken is an American politician, comedian, writer, actor, and media personality who served as a United States senator from Minnesota from 2009 to 2018. Franken first gained fame as a writer and performer on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, where he worked for three stints. He first served as a writer for the show from 1977 to 1980, and briefly returned in 1986. In his third and final stint from 1988 to 1995, Franken served as a writer and, briefly, a cast member. Wikipedia*

On the C-SPAN Networks:
Al Franken has 572 videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1992 Call-In as an Anchor for the Comedy Central. The year with the most videos was 2017 with 99 videos. Most appearances with Chuck Schumer (9), Richard Blumenthal (8), Cory Booker (8). Most common tags: Minnesota, Senate, Political Coverage.

Appearances by Title:


U.S. Senator, D-MN July 7, 2009 - January 2, 2018 Videos: 529 U.S. Senate Candidate, U.S. Senate
c. February 14, 2007 - c. November 4, 2008 Videos: 7 U.S. Senator-Elect, Minnesota
c. June 30, 2009 - c. July 7, 2009 Videos: 2 Talk Show Host, Al Franken Show, Air America Radio c. April 1, 2004 - c. February 14, 2007 Videos: 8 Comedian c. August 5, 1998 - c. July 6, 2009 Videos: 14 Comedian, Saturday Night Live, NBC Television c. January 2, 1994 - c. August 15, 1996 Videos: 11 Anchor, Comedy Central c. July 13, 1992 - c. January 2, 1994 Videos: 1

Recent Appearances

  • Former Senator Al Franken at Politicon

    Former Senator Al Franken at Politicon

    During Politicon 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee, former Senator Al Franken (D-MN) reflected on his childhood and college years, as well as…

  • Senate Session

    Senate Session

    The Senate voted 66-32 to pass a short-term government funding bill. Also, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) delivered his farewell…

  • Senator Al Franken Farewell Address

    Senator Al Franken Farewell Address

    Senator Al Franken (D-MN) delivered his farewell address. He was scheduled to leave the Senate on January 2, 2018, following…

  • Senate Session

    Senate Session

    Senators gave speeches on the chamber floor about various topics.

  • Mental Health Care

    Mental Health Care

    Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, the assistant health and human services secretary for mental health and substance abuse, testified…

  • Senate Session

    Senate Session

    The Senate confirmed Don Willett’s judicial nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Members also voted to limit debate…

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Historical Member of Congress Record

Former District Map
Former Ideology Rankings
Past Elections

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* The first paragraph of this page uses material from the Wikipedia article 'Al Franken', which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0. Footnotes and parentheticals have been removed.