Those who know Tina Smith say she's quietly effective


April 28, 2023

Jana Peterson

Baby and mother are fine, what a relief, says a happy U.S. Senator Tina Smith during a practice birth in Cloquet earlier this month.

At first blush, the affable and low-key Sen. Tina Smith seems to be somewhat out of place in the U.S. Senate, which is dominated by egos and where worth is measured in seniority and political power. But Smith, Minnesota's junior senator to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, has brought unique qualities to the Senate that are helping her not only survive, but thrive.

Her background as a former Planned Parenthood executive gave Senate Democrats an experienced and authoritative voice on women's reproductive issues when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year.

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