Franken says he’s leaving Senate but not giving up voice

Al Franken
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2017 Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., attends a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken announced earlier this month that he would leave "in the coming weeks" amid several sexual misconduct allegations. Sen. Franken plans to officially resign from his U.S. Senate seat on Jan. 2. The announcement Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, from a Franken spokesman should put to rest questions surrounding the timing of the Minnesota Democrat's departure and concern that he might reverse his planned resignation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he may be leaving office, but he’s not giving up his voice.

The Minnesota Democrat thanked supporters and friends in Minneapolis Thursday night as his eight years in the Senate are set to come to an end. The former “Saturday Night Live” comedian said he didn’t know what to expect when he first ran for office, “and of course, neither did Minnesotans.”

Franken thanked his wife, Franni, their family and his staff as well as Minnesota’s senior senator, Democrat Amy Klobuchar. He said he still feels like “the luckiest kid in the world.”

Franken announced his plans to resign earlier this month amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations. He’ll officially step down on Tuesday. His successor, current Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, is set to be sworn in on Wednesday.