1. She’s the highest ranking former Planned Parenthood executive in U.S. politics. Senator Smith was Planned Parenthood’s Executive Vice President of External Affairs in Minnesota before serving as Chief of Staff to then-Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. She went on to be Chief of Staff for Governor Mark Dayton and was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014.
2. Governor Dayton appointed her to the U.S. Senate in December 2017 after Senator Al Franken’s resignation. This gives her less than a year in office to make her case to Minnesotans before she’s on the ballot in November 2018.
3. In 2016, Congressional Quarterly Roll Call named then-Lieutenant Governor Smith one of the 25 most influential women “who have made change happen” in state politics.
4. When she served as his Chief of Staff, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak gave Smith the nickname “the Velvet Hammer” for her consistent ability to negotiate tough situations with warmth and skill.
5. She’s got this. At the time of her appointment to the Senate, Smith said, “I shouldn’t be underestimated. And if I weren’t confident, I wouldn’t be doing this.”
6. She will be speaking at the Planned Parenthood Spring Action Fund event on May 2, along with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and keynote speaker Attorney General Eric Holder!