Senator Smith is the junior senator from Minnesota and took over Sen. Franken’s seat in a special election in 2018. Prior to being elected, she served as Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Governor Mark Dayton. In 2014, she was elected as Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor. Senator Smith serves on the following committees: Indian Affairs; Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry; Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs; Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions. She authored the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act which passed in the Senate and is being read in the House. It would restore 11,760 acres of land, currently held by the federal government, to the Ojibwe tribe and their reservation. Senator Smith also champions equitable and quality healthcare for all. She is involved in the fight to lower the price of insulin in the U.S. and with her colleagues Senators Durban and Kramer, recently introduced a bill to expedite approval of lower cost insulin. In 2018, she defeated her Republican opponent with 10.6% of the vote. She is seeking a full term in 2020.