Franni Bryson Franken is the longtime wife of former comedian turned politician, Al Franken. Her husband currently serves as the junior senator from Minnesota, known for asking tough questions.
Mrs. Franken and her husband have been together for over four decades, but recent reports saying her husband kissed and groped Los Angeles based journalist, Leeann Tweeden –could change that.
Prior to running for the Senate, Al spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host. The former SNL performer, was first elected to the Senate in 2008, and re-elected in 2014, he currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.
The US senator and former comedian issued an apology after being accused of sexual misconduct. We wonder, what his wife of 40 plus years, Franni Bryson has to say. Meet her below in her top facts.
#1 She hails from Maine
Franni Bryson was born October 8, 1951. The Portland, Maine native is the daughter of a World War II vet. Her mother was left a widow with five kids after her father’s death in a car crash.
#2 She met Al Franken at a college mixer
She was a student attending Simmons College in 1969 when she met future husband, Al Franken at a college mixer. At the time Al was a first year Harvard student.
#3 Franni Bryson has been married to Al for 42-years
The couple tied the knot in 1975 and since Franni Bryson and Al welcomed two children, daughter Thomasin and son, Joseph.
Franni’s daughter Thomasin, attended Harvard and also graduated from the French Culinary Institute. She serves as the director at DC Prep. Franni’s and Al’s son, Joseph works in finance.
#4 She has been an active political spouse
Franni has been very present in Al’s political run. During his campaign Franni traveled alongside her husband and when he was elected she got involved in a number of issues including reproductive health, measures to combat domestic violence and access to affordable education.
#5 Franni Bryson struggled with alcohol dependency
Bryson opened up about her battle in an ad for her husband’s senate campaign in 2008. She said it was early in their marriage and said that Al stood right by her side, adding he would do the same for Minnesotans.
#6 She is also a grandmother
Franni Bryson is also the proud grandmother of at least two grandkids. According to one of her husband’s websites, the couple’s first grandchild, Joe, was born to Thomasin and her husband Brody in May 2013. Jacob, their second grandson, was born to Joe and his wife Stephanie in January 2016.