The Minnesota State Supreme Court declared Al Franken the winner in the Minnesota Senate race, and opponent Norm Coleman conceded. Franken will be seated in the Senate next week and will join the Judiciary Committee in time for the Sotomayor confirmation hearings on July 13.

We welcome Franken to the committee and hope that he finds our in-depth reports on Judge Sotomayor’s record helpful reading before the hearings commence. We also hope that his arrival in the Senate will move forward the long overdue vote on Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.