Franken Officially Sworn In
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2009 12:19 PM CDT
Al Franken, with Harry Reid, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill Monday.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Eight months after the election, Al Franken finally became Minnesota’s junior senator today, Politico reports. Joe Biden swore the former funnyman in on the same Bible late Democratic Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone used. “Congratulations Senator,” said the vice president, causing the Senate gallery to erupt in cheers. Though only some 25 other senators showed up, the public and media had packed the chamber.