Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will resign from the Senate on Jan. 2, a spokesman for the senator announced Wednesday.
Franken announced earlier this month he would step down from the upper chamber after facing allegations of sexual assault. Seven women accused the Democratic senator of inappropriate behavior, including groping and forcible kissing.
Franken’s fellow Senate Democrats initially resisted calling for his resignation and said instead they wanted to wait until the conclusion of an investigation from the Senate Ethics Committee.
But more than 30 Democrats called for him to step down after a seventh accuser said Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Franken allegedly told the woman, a former Democratic staffer, it was his right “as an entertainer” to do so.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, announced earlier this month Franken will be replaced by Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.
The announcement of Franken's resignation date came just hours after Franken delivered a speech on the Senate floor, in which he said he wanted to deliver a series of speeches on the floor over the next few "weeks." But if he resigns Jan. 2, he may only have this week to deliver speeches in the Senate, which is expected to be out of session after this week.