Al Franken

Al Franken is the type of man who has done a lot and seen even more. He has had more ups than downs in life, and his mission is clear. To be someone good, you must be good. Whether in actions, thought or purpose, Al Franken is the one that does just that. What is in store for Al Franken 2020? What is Al Franken’s net worth? Does it really make a difference as to who a person is or is not? Not to Al S. Franken and many others.

Al Franken Biography

Born to parents Joseph and Phoebe in New York City, May 21, 1951, Alan Stuart Franken was raised in a Reform Jewish home. He has an older brother named Owen, who is a photojournalist. His cousin Bob is also a photojournalist and works for MSNBC. His maternal grandparents had been residents of the Grodno Russian Empire, his paternal grandparents emigrated from Germany.

His father Joseph was a printing salesman, while his mother was a real estate agent. In 1955, the family loaded up and moved to Albert Lea, Mn. Joseph Franken opened and ran a quilting factory that sadly failed within two years.

The family then moved to a suburb of Minneapolis, St. Louis Park. Al Franken attended the Blake School, where he participated on the wrestling team. He graduated in 1969. Franken then attended Harvard and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1973.

On a personal level, Al Franken has remained happily married to Frannie Bryson, whom he met his first year at Harvard and later wed. In 2005, the two moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together they have two children, a son Joseph, who is in the financial industry. Their daughter Thomasin has degrees from Harvard and also a French Culinary Institute. The Frankens enjoy time spent with their children and their four grandchildren.

The Entertainer

One could say that Franken’s career in comedy and show business began while he was in high school. He and his long-time friend Tom Davis were known for comedy routines. Franken’s first, non-high school comedy show was at the Minneapolis Brave New Workshop. It was here where his political satire comedy routine began.

From there, Al Franken will be the first to tell you that he and Tom Davis lived “a life of near-total failure on the fringes of show business in Los Angeles.”

The team of Davis and Franken were recruited as a pair of the original writers and occasionally performed on the television show Saturday Night Live. Al Franken’s career on Saturday Night Live ran from 1975 until 1980, and then again from 1985 until 1995. During those first two seasons of the show, Franken made $350 a week as his salary. It was with a protest that Franken left the show in 1995. In 1995, he made a jump to be the weekend update anchor on a skit for Saturday Night Live, he lost this role to another performer, Norm McDonald. With frustration in his heart, Franken left the show.

In total, Al Franken received seven Emmy nominations and won three awards for his television writing and producing, while creating characters like “Self-help guru Stuart Smalley”.

Another routine that Davis and Franken wrote the script for, was ‘One More Saturday Night’. In this routine, they portrayed rockstars in a band they named ‘Bad Mouth’. The 1980s seemed to be the Al Franken decade.

Both men had roles in shows such as “All You Need Is Cash” and “Trading Places”.

Since those days, Franken has openly admitted to illicit drug use while on television. However, the death of John Belushi due to a drug overdose was an eye-opener and Franken stopped using drugs for good.

After Saturday Night Live, life went on and so did Franken. He tried his hand at film work. He wrote and starred in ‘Stuart Saves His Family’. The Washington Post and Gene Siskel both had great reviews in regards to the show. Critically and commercially, the film did not pass approval.

As a result of the film’s failure, Al Franken fell into a depression.

This depression had not kept Al Franken down for long. Al Franken books are readily available for anyone and everyone. He has written more than four books and has been the number one bestseller on occasion, for the New York Times Best Seller List. One of these Al Franken books, “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look At The Right” is a satirical look at politics and conservatism. However, even though it is satirical, Fox News sue Franken for infringement on a trademark phrase. Ultimately, the Federal judge declared the suit to be wholly and without merit.

Another one of his books is called: “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations”. This was published in 1996. Following that published work, “Why Not Me?: The Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency”. In 2003, “Oh, The Things I know! A Guide to Success; or Failing That, Happiness” was published. Oddly enough, yet happily, there were no further lawsuits over his written words.

On a personal level, Al Franken has remained happily married to Frannie Bryson, whom he met his first year at Harvard and later wed. In 2005, the two moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Together they have two children, a son Joseph, who is in the financial industry. Their daughter Thomasin has degrees from Harvard and also a French Culinary Institute. The Frankens enjoy time spent with their children and their four grandchildren.

Alan Stuart Franken has written, made cameo appearances in or had a full role in 27 movies or television productions.

Al Franken’s Life in Government and Politics

Towards the end of 2007, Alan Stuart Franken threw his hat into the political ring. He did not sit on the sidelines for even a minute. This humble human being managed to turn a career of entertainment into a political career, without losing himself or his humor. What he did bring out was the more serious side of his thoughts and beliefs.

The primary Democratic polling found Al Franken win in grand style. He had claimed over 65% of the votes himself. Minnesota was speaking, they wanted someone who walked the way he talked. The election itself was certainly a tight one. Franken was running against an incumbent. After the final counts were in, a recount had to follow, due to the numbers. Al Franken won, but not by much. Franken had 41.994% of the vote, his opponent and the incumbent Senator Norm Coleman came in fighting and obtaining a close 41.983%. Very seldom does the American public find such close numbers in elections. This was a win by 312 votes.

Mr. Franken must have done something right according to the constituents. In 2014, the primary election brought Franken in winning with 94.50% of the voters on his side. When the ultimate election came in November, Franken took the Senate seat as the incumbent with 53.15%. This time, however, the margin was much bigger.

While serving as United States Senator from Minnesota, Franken was appointed to various committees.

These were:

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Subcommittee on Energy

Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

Subcommittee on Water and Power

Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

Subcommittee on Children and Families

Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety

Committee on Indian Affairs

Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts

Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights

Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law

Franken was a political foe to many, however, it was unfounded statements that forced him out of politics in 2017. Franken was not given a chance to sit with the committee and speak, rather he was told to submit his resignation immediately.

Since that day in 2017, many fellow Senators have come forward and stated how that was the biggest regret in their career. As is often the case, the statements were proven false. However, Franken accepted partial blame, since the photos used were done for satirical skits for the USO. He admitted he was obviously wrong with using those skits.

Life moves on, and sometimes it hits really hard. Al Franken proceeded to fall into a deep clinical depression. He has since worked his way out of that depression and has continued to be Mr. Al Franken. The man that so many respect and admire. For Al Franken 2020 will be a year like no others.

Al Franken currently has a YouTube Channel and a slot on Sirius XM Radio. Both of these outlets allow Franken to have his voice heard once again. He has a popular talk show and podcast with numerous followers.

Al Franken also has a website that he publishes on quite frequently. Many of his blogs and articles deal with what one has come to respect Franken for, these are included on Al Franken website. Topics such as healthcare, income disparities, wealth and opportunities, as well as climate and immigration. Other popular topics discussed and written by Franken include immigration, climate, justice, xenophobia, and education. The Al Franken website is well worth a read each day. He gives the facts, the way he sees it.

Subjects that will never be far from Franken’s mind are Money in politics and the future of democracy.

Al Franken net worth that is close to $8 million. A legion of followers and many people who will never forget his days on television and his humor and political satire.

“Mistakes are part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it is a fatal mistake, which at least, others can learn from.”