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Michele Bachmann Facts

Member of the US House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's 6th congressional district, candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 US presidential election

  • Michele Bachmann was born in Iowa, but moved with her family to Minneosta when she was in her sixth grade.
  • Bachmann, a Republican, is born into a family of Norwegian Lutheran Democrats. She became a Republican during her senior year at Winona State after reading Gore Vidal's 1973 novel, Burr.
  • Bachmann has five biological children and is a foster parent to 23 other children.
  • Bachmann's husband is Dr. Marcus Bachmann. He is the president of Bachmann & Associates and has a Ph.D in clinical psychology.
  • Bachmann defeated 18-year incumbent Gary Laidig for Republican nomination for State Senate from Minnesota District 25. In the General Election, she defeated Ted Thomson and Lyno Sullivan.
  • Bachmann is a supporter of the Tea Party movement and is the founder of the House Tea Party Caucus.
  • Bachmann formally announced that she is running for the Republican presidential nomination on June 27, 2011 in Waterloo, Iowa.

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