Dayton has appointed Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith - another flaky urban liberal - to take Franken's place.
Jones, 63, is the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in 25 years, beating out Republican Roy Moore in the race to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who became attorney general in President Donald Trump's administration.
"Tina Smith is stepping into the seat that progressive hero Paul Wellstone once held", Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said.
Just one of many ways to skirt Minnesota's public records laws.
As always, there is no claim so stupid that you can't find a wingnut who will make it with a totally straight face. Multiple sources tell CBS News they expect Mitt Romney to run for Senate in Utah and say he has been quietly preparing in case Sen. If you do that, you are not really serving them very well.
Jones and Smith also took part in a ceremonial swearing in in the Old Senate Chamber.
"Minnesota has more people with health insurance than nearly any other state, yet I have talked to farmers who have lost access to their longtime doctors and can't afford their health insurance premiums", she said.
Jones also helped prosecute Eric Rudolph for the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham abortion clinic that killed an off-duty police officer and injured a nurse. Howell Heflin, the last Democrat who represented the state in the Senate until retiring in 1997. "Voters deserve candidates who will fight to protect their freedom to serve, work and love whomever they choose regardless of gender". More than forty members of the U.S. Senate - all Democrats - have a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
BAKST: Smith is 59, a New Mexico native, a wife of 33 years and a mother of two. But when the seat opened up again with Sessions' appointment to lead the Justice Department, relationships in what had always been a weak Alabama Democratic Party paid off.
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson in a statement to NBC commended Jones' hiring of Gresham but added that "this lack of diversity highlights the failure of our nation's highest legislative body to embrace in a true way the principles of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity".