Michele Bachmann


Michele Bachmann, 55, is a three-term congresswoman elected to the House from a district that includes some suburbs north and east of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She dropped out of the race on January 4 after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucus.

Bachmann is the founder of the Tea Party Caucus, which has pushed for federal spending cuts beyond what her party’s leaders have accepted in compromises with Democrats. In April 2011, Bachmann was one of 28 Republicans who voted against an eleventh-hour compromise to prevent a federal government shutdown. Bachmann said the agreement was “a disappointment” because of insufficient spending reductions. She calls for reductions in spending.

She entered the presidential primary in June and finished first in the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Michele was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she advocated for the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on both civil and criminal cases. Bachmann grew up in the Midwest and met her husband, Marcus, while they were working on the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter.

Her first visit to Washington, D.C., she said, was to dance at Carter’s inaugural ball. She said she became a Republican after reading the Gore Vidal novel “Burr,” which she said mocked the nation’s founding fathers. Bachmann is a graduate of Winona State University in Minnesota.

She received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

She has been married for more than thirty years and lives in Stillwater, where she and her husband own a small business mental health care practice that employs nearly 50 people. Bachmann has five children. In addition, the Bachmann family has cared for 23 foster children.

Michele Bachmann News

  • Bachmann Ends Presidential Bid After Iowa

    U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota ended her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after finishing sixth in yesterday’s Iowa caucuses.

  • Gingrich Hit by Bachmann in Debate as Romney Pulls Punches

    Newt Gingrich sought to defend his front-runner status in the Republican presidential race as his rivals, led by Michele Bachmann, questioned his electability and record in the final debate before the Iowa caucuses.

  • Bachmann New Hampshire Staff Quits

    The entire New Hampshire salaried staff of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has quit, according to a local television station, undercutting her candidacy in the state that traditionally conducts the nation’s first primary.

  • Bachmann Urges Evangelical Voters Not to ‘Settle’

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said voters shouldn’t “settle” for a president who doesn’t share their values, spotlighting one of her campaign themes in a speech today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

  • Bioethicist HPV Bet Ends Without Bachmann Acknowledgement

    Bioethicist Art Caplan said his challenge to Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann for evidence that a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer caused mental retardation ended without Bachmann acknowledging it.

  • Bachmann Following Obama Lead in Wooing Small Donors for 2012

    Bachmann’s reliance on small donors has been a hallmark of her House career, and it’s an asset that can provide dividends in a Republican presidential primary where her strongest competitors are vying for a smaller pool of big donors to generate cash for their campaigns.

  • Bachmann Targets Obama on Constitution at DeMint-Sponsored Candidate Forum

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said President Barack Obama has skirted the U.S. Constitution on several fronts, as she and rivals in the race to challenge him next year courted support from Tea Party activists at a forum yesterday in South Carolina.

  • Bachmann Has Income from Subsidized Farm

    Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a critic of federal spending, received between $5,000 and $15,000 in income last year from a family farm that has received more than $250,000 in federal subsidies, according to her most recent House financial-disclosure form.

  • Bachmann Says Iowa Win Sends Obama ‘Loud and Clear’ Message

    Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann said her win in the Iowa Straw Poll yesterday is a sign of voter discontent with President Barack Obama and his handling of the economy.

  • Bachmann to Benefit From ‘Super PAC’

    Supporters of Representative Michele Bachmann have set up a political action committee to take unlimited corporate, union and individual donations in support of her presidential campaign.

  • Bachmann Would Reduce Social Security, Medicare Pay for Future Recipients

    U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann said she would reduce Medicare and Social Security benefits for all but current recipients as part of an effort to reduce the federal deficit.

  • Bachmann Says U.S. Will Retain Credit Rating Without Debt Rise

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said she has “no doubt” the U.S. will maintain its top credit rating, even as she reiterated her opposition to any increase in the country’s debt ceiling.

  • Tea Party Hero Bachmann Enters Republican Presidential Race

    Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman whose attacks on President Barack Obama made her a favorite of Tea Party activists, officially entered the 2012 Republican presidential contest today in a state critical to her odds for success.

Opinion by Bloomberg View

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