For anyone who knows Al Franken, which is almost everyone, his wife Franni Bryson will not be a stranger. She is an activist who has remained the inspiration behind her husband for many years, offering him support throughout his political journey and being one of the most important forces behind his electoral victories. She has always stood resolute behind him through all his highs and his lows including a sexual assault case that forced him out of office in 2017.
Franni Bryson – Biography
Franni Bryson who is now popular as Franni Franken was born on October 8, 1951, in Portland, Maine which is also where she was brought up. She was raised by her mother in a very poor family alongside her four other siblings. Her father, a Second World War veteran died in a car crash when Franni was only a baby. Before the tragedy, he worked at a paper mill and he was on his way back from a shift when he had the crash.
When her father died, her mother was only 29 at the time, was left to take care of all five of her children. The family was able to make it through thanks to the GI Bill, Social Security survivor’s benefits, as well as their strong will.
Still, it was not very easy for them because some days, they went to bed on empty stomachs living in a house that had a leaking roof. Her mother was fortunate to get a loan of $300 to fix the roof but after she sat with her kids, they all decided they would continue emptying the bucket after a rain so her mother could use the money to go to school.
At the end of it all, not only did Franni’s mom get a college education, but all the children were also educated except for her only brother, who chose to join the Coast Guard before he later became an engineer.
On her part, Franni Bryson went to Deering High where she recorded both educational and civic accomplishments that saw her leave with many awards and moving on to Simmons College from where she graduated in 1973.
6 Facts To Know About Al Franken’s Wife
1. How AL and Franni met
With only six months between them, Al Franken and Franni Bryson met when the two were freshmen. Franni at Simmons College and Franken at Harvard University which was nearby. When they met at a college mixer, it was love at first sight for the two of them.
Since then, they remained close, both graduating in 1973 and by 1975, they were already married. From then, she has not only remained his life partner, but also his political adviser.
2. She is the main reason why he is a politician
Franken was first a comedian who wrote and performed on Saturday Night Live (SNL) but later decided to become a politician. According to him, one of the main reasons why he decided to run for office was because of his wife and all the struggles of her family. He felt he could contribute to making life better for others with similar experiences as his wife had growing up.
The union between Al and Franni is blessed with two kids, Thomasin who works as a director of extended learning with a Washington D.C organization, DC Prep that is involved in managing charter schools. She is a graduate of Harvard and the French Culinary Institute. Their second kid is Joseph Franken who has a job in the financial industry.
4. They have been very supportive of each other
The life that Al and Bryson share together has been very inspirational with the couple always supporting each other. While Al has got the support of his wife in all his campaigns, even playing very instrumental roles to his victories, she has also got his support. Earlier in their marriage, she suffered from alcoholism.
She revealed that for a long time, she struggled with alcohol dependency and through it all, her husband did not waiver in his support for her. In fact, she credits his support as one of the main reasons why their kids turned out to be normal and successful.
5. Net Worth
As regards her net worth, Franni Bryson has always been by her husband’s side and as such, it is not easy to tell exactly what is hers. However, Al has a net worth that is estimated at $8 million US dollars.