He is expected to be escorted to the Senate floor by fellow Minnesota DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Vice President Walter Mondale. He will also be sworn in on former Sen. Paul Wellstone's family Bible. Franken has credited Wellstone with being an inspiration for him getting into politics. Wellstone died in 2002 in a plane crash.
Once he is sworn-in, Franken said he expects to be focusing on efforts to overhaul the nation's health care system. He said he will be looking to Mayo Clinic for some reform ideas. And while he said he is inclined to support a government-run public plan, he said he is more focused on looking at other reforms to help improve patient care.
"Mayo really is a leader in patient-centered care, and there is a lot of political discussion about the public option and things like that, but there is a lot of stuff in health care reform that has to do with creating the kind of model that Rochester has created," he said.