Michele Bachmann

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Michele Bachmann currently serves the 6th Congressional district of Minnesota

Michele M. Bachmann has been a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Sixth Congressional District of Minnesota, since 2007. (map)

Record and controversies

Iraq War

  • Bachmann supported President Bush's policies in Iraq and believes the military must "stay the course." [1] [2][3]
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Views on Centrality of Israel to U.S. Foreign Policy

At the 6 February 2010 Republican Jewish Coalition in Los Angeles meeting, she stated:

I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States. [1]

At the 3 June 2011 evangelical conference, Faith and Freedom Coalition, in Washington:

[Obama displays a] shocking display of betrayal of our greatest friend and ally Israel. I stand with Israel. President Obama… does not speak for us on the issue of Israel.[2]

On 20 November 2011, Bachmann addressed the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) at the Brandeis memorial dinner. She shared the podium with Glenn Beck, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and via video with Benjamin Netanyahu.[3]

Social security

  • Bachmann favors privatization of Social Security. [4][5]

Minimum wage

  • Bachmann opposes minimum wage increases. [6]

Gay rights/marriage

  • Bachmann supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. [7]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Recent Tweets by Rep. Bachmann


Bachmann was born on April 6, 1956. She graduated from Anoka High School in 1974. She then attended Winona State College, from which she graduated in 1978 with a degree in political science and English. [8].

She met her future husband, Marcus Bachmann, at Winona; they began dating in 1976 while working together on Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign. The couple married in 1978 and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bachmann's husband, Marcus Bachmann, operates a Christian counseling center in the St. Croix valley area. He has a master's degree in counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. [9]

After moving to Tulsa, Michele Bachmann enrolled at the Bible-based Coburn School of Law, an affiliate of Oral Roberts University. She earned a Juris Doctorate at Coburn in 1986, and a post-doctorate degree from William and Mary Law School in Virginia in 1988.

From 1988 to 1993, Bachmann was a U.S. Treasury Department attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota, representing the IRS against people who underpaid or failed to pay their taxes [10]. Bachmann left that job to become a full-time mother. She has also had more than twenty foster children in her care. [11]

Minnesota state legislature

In 1999, Bachmann ran as one of a slate of GOP candidates for the Stillwater, Minnesota school board, normally a non-partisan election. She and the other GOP-endorsed candidates did not win.

In 2000, Bachmann won election as a state senator when she unseated fellow Republican Gary Laidig, who had held the seat for 28 years. Bachmann had won the GOP endorsement; the two then faced each other in the primary. In the general election, Bachmann defeated DFL nominee Ted Thompson.

In 2002, Bachmann faced a 10-year incumbent, DFL state senator Jane Krentz, after district lines were redrawn following the 2000 census. Bachmann won the election by 9 percentage points.

Congressional career

2006 elections

Bachmann defeated Democrat Patty Wetterling 50% to 42% in the 2006 congressional elections to replace Rep. Mark Kennedy, who vacated the seat to run for the U.S. Senate. [12]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Michele Bachmann
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations

  • House Committee on Financial Services
    • Subcommitee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    • Subcommitee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology
    • Subcommitee on Oversight and Investigations


DC Office:
412 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2331
Fax: (202) 225-6475
Web Email

District Office- Woodbury:
6043 Hudson Rd
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: 651-731-5400
Fax: 651-731-6650

St. Cloud/Waite Park:
110 2nd Street S, Suite 232
Waite Park, MN 56387
Phone: 320-253-5931
Fax: 320-240-6905

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  1. Phil Weiss, Wingnut MN congresswoman Bachmann is latest to pledge allegiance, Mondoweiss, 10 February 2010.
  2. Philip Giraldi, Something Rotten This Way Comes, AntiWar.com, 23 June 2011.
  3. Philip Weiss, Bachmann comes to Manhattan for Zionist org’s Brandeis dinner, Mondo Weiss, 20 November 2011.
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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy Trade and Technology, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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Phone: 651-731-5400 / Fax: 651-731-6650
2. 110 2nd Street S, Suite 232, Waite Park, MN 56387
Phone: 320-253-5931 / Fax: 320-240-6905

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Date of Birth: June 6, 1956