Michele Bachmann

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U.S. Representative

Michele Bachmann (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Financial Services
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for MN-06

Confirmed: Jim Graves, Michele Bachmann
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for MN-06)
On the Web
Official website

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


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 100 - 1 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 0 - 0/20 0 - 0/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 75 - 15/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

  • Bachmann supports President Bush's policies in Iraq and believes the military must "stay the course." [1] [2][3]

Environmental record

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

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]


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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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$ 5,000
Crown Iron Works$ 3,000
Bachman Group$ 2,600
Core Laboratories$ 2,600
Haleham Investments$ 2,600
Bernick's Beverages & Vending$ 2,500
Chesapeake PAC$ 2,500
Reliance Development$ 2,500
Amcon Block & Precast$ 2,250
21st Century Fox$ 2,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Michele Bachmann
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


110th Congress committees

  • 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

More Background Data


DC office
  • 103 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2331 Fax: 202-225-6475
    Webform email
District offices
  • 6043 Hudson Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125
    Ph: 651-731-5400 Fax: (none entered)
  • 110 2nd Street S, Suite 232, Waite Park, MN 56387
    Ph: 320-253-5931 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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Michele Bachmann posts on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MicheleBachmann/

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