Al Franken is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers and is a two-time spoken word Grammy Award winner. He graduated from Harvard College, and before running for office, spent thirty-seven years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk-show host. He rose to prominence as one of the original Saturday Night Live writers in the 1970s and won five Emmy Awards for his work on SNL. He has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. He was first elected to the United States Senate in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.