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Report: Adm. Michael Franken plans to run for U.S. Senate seat

By: - August 2, 2021 4:54 pm

Michael Franken is running for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat. (Photo by: Michael Franken campaign)

Former Admiral Michael Franken plans to run for the U.S. Senate set currently held by Republican Chuck Grassley, the Carroll Times Herald reported Monday.

Franken, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2020. He lost the primary election to Theresa Greenfield, who then lost to Sen. Joni Ernst in November.

Franken is a native of Sioux Center in northwest Iowa and resides in Sioux City. He served in the U.S. Navy for over two decades and advised politicians in D.C. on military matters.

The Times Herald reported that Franken has been out of state for several weeks to be treated for a medical condition at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Franken did not specify what health condition he was dealing with, but said he would be ready to campaign after recovering from an upcoming surgery.

Franken is the fourth Democrat to enter the race. Former U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, a Crawford County supervisor and a rural doctor are also running for the seat. Grassley has not announced if he will seek reelection for what would be his eighth term.

Read more: Who’s running in 2022?

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.