Minnesota (District: 6)
Michele Marie Bachmann (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English">/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">ˈhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">bhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">ɑːhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">khttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">mhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">ənhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English">/; née Amble; born April 6, 1956) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizenship_in_the_United_States">American http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States House of Representatives, representing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota%27s_6th_congressional_district">Minnesota’s 6th congressional district, a post she has held since 2007. The district includes several of the northern suburbs of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis-St._Paul">Twin Cities, such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodbury,_Minnesota">Woodbury, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine,_Minnesota">Blaine as well as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stillwater,_Minnesota">Stillwater and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Cloud,_Minnesota">St. Cloud. The district has recently expanded.
She was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012">2012 U.S. presidential election, winning the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ames_Straw_Poll">Ames Straw Poll in August 2011 but dropping out in January 2012 after finishing in sixth place in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_Republican_caucuses,_2012">Iowa caucuses. Bachmann previously served in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_State_Senate">Minnesota State Senate and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress. She is a supporter of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_movement">Tea Party movement and a founder of the House http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_Caucus">Tea Party Caucus. Bachmann has been dubbed as the “Queen of the Tea Party”.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michele_Bachmann#cite_note-10">
On May 29, 2013, Bachmann announced that she would not seek re-election to her Congressional seat in 2014.
As a self-proclaimed “Constitutional Conservative,” Bachmann is committed to fixing Washington’s broken ways by advocating for America’s adherence to the Constitution. Bachmann has become known on Capitol Hill as a member who champions tax reform, works to cut wasteful government spending and supports limiting the size of our government. She also is devoted to the repeal of Obamacare, a legislation she believes is an example of government’s recent uninhibited growth. In Bachmann’s view, the government needs to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses across America have been forced to make. As a believer in the traditional values upon which this country was founded, she consistently defends America’s religious liberties and the importance of the family as the first unit of government. She also has continuously worked to defend the right to life for all Americans, including the unborn.
Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee. She has taken the opportunity of serving on the Intelligence Committee to regularly advocate for peace through strength to ensure America’s national security. As she vowed in her Oath of Office, Bachmann continues to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Bachmann is devoted to doing her part to ensure America’s safety. As a member of the Financial Services Committee, Bachmann has been given keen insight into the current housing crisis and credit crunch. This insight has led her to be a staunch opponent of the taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street and the Dodd-Frank legislation.
As the federal government continues to grow under the current administration, Bachmann was honored to establish the Tea Party Caucus in July 2010. She is proud to stand with the Tea Party to call for lower taxes, renewed focus on the Constitution and smaller government.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota State Senate from 2000-2006. As a Minnesota State Senator, she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before holding elected office, Bachmann worked on hundreds of civil and criminal cases as a federal tax litigation attorney. Through her experience as a tax attorney, Bachmann came to understand firsthand the need to simplify the current tax code and reduce taxes on families and small businesses. Yet, it was her role as a mother of five and foster mother of 23 that led her to call for the abolishment of Goals 2000 and the Profiles of Learning and start a charter school for at-risk kids in Minnesota.
Bachmann is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.
She is proud to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District, which contains parts of seven counties, stretching from Scandia to Saint Cloud and Waconia to Waite Park.