Tina Smith is the junior Senator from Minnesota and has worked with and served the people of Minnesota for the last 30 years. Since arriving in Minneapolis in 1984 to take a job at General Mills, Minnesota has been her home. After running her own small business, Smith served as Vice President of External Affairs at Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota where she advocated for access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Beginning in 2006, Smith served as Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and then in 2011 as Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Dayton. Smith then ran as Governor Dayton’s Lieutenant Governor candidate in his successful 2014 reelection campaign, a position she held from early 2015 until her appointment to the US Senate in January 2018.
Already during her brief tenure in the Senate, Sen. Smith has added her voice to a September 2018 letter led by Senator Van Hollen, which 34 senators co-signed. This letter to President Trump pushed for the continued provision of $200 million in annual aid from the US to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which administers critical humanitarian relief for the Palestinian people. The letter was prompted by the Trump administration’s decision to slash this aid, which had already been appropriated for Fiscal Year 2017, and it reiterated the importance of US aid in the region for Israeli security. In 2019, she cosponsored Senate Resolution 234, which reaffirmed Congress’ support for a two-state solution and opposed annexation.