Michele Marie Bachmann(Rep)
Telephone:202-225-2331 (Main phone number)
Telephone:651-260-4648 (Main campaign number)
Birth place:Waterloo, IA
Status:Not seeking re-election
Undergraduate education: Winona State University
Graduate education: College of William and Mary
Graduate education: Oral Roberts University
Michele Bachmann was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and now lives in Stillwater, Minn. She earned a bachelor's from Winona State University and law degrees from Oral Roberts University and the College of William and Mary.
She worked on the presidential campaign of Democrat Jimmy Carter, but grew disenchanted with the Democratic Party.
She and other parents started a K-12 charter school in Stillwater, and she began speaking against a state-mandated set of educational standards, which propelled her into the world of politics.
Bachmann spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney before she was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2000, where she served two terms.
She was elected to the U.S. House in 2006. She ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, but decided to seek a new term in Congress.
Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, own a small business mental health care practice in Stillwater. They have five children and have cared for 23 foster children.
Michele Bachmann is ready to test the well-worn adage about not being able to go home again.
In 2011, she was a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, but her campaign ended in a whimper on Jan. 4, 2012, after she came in last in the Iowa caucuses. She has since set her sights on a return to Congress from her conservative Minnesota district.
Bachmann is no stranger to the spotlight, a product of her edgy comments and steady presence on cable talk shows. She riles up a loyal conservative base with strong condemnations of President Barack Obama and his congressional allies.
Her comments sometimes push the bounds of accuracy, which provokes blowback from inside her party and out. But she's learned to harness criticism against her to fuel a powerful fundraising machine.
Bachmann came to Washington in 2007 after spending six years in the Minnesota Legislature. In Congress, she co-founded the House Tea Party Caucus.
She first jumped into national view during a 2008 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" when she suggested that Obama "may have anti-American views."
Bachmann survived the ensuing controversy, winning re-election that year by 3 percentage points over Democrat El Tinklenberg, even though some $1.8 million poured into his campaign after her comments. National Democrats spent $1 million on advertising in the race, while cash-strapped national GOP groups pulled their money out.
In summer 2012, her allegations that the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the U.S. State Department drew rebukes by prominent Republicans and Democrats. Bachmann didn't back down and used the incident to convince donors she was under attack.
Bachmann's 2010 re-election bid in Minnesota's most conservative district received the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and she cruised to victory over a state senator. In 2012, she faces Democratic first-time candidate and hotelier Jim Graves.
Bachmann first got involved in politics over school issues, but became known in Minnesota as a lightning rod on gay marriage. She brought the state Senate to a halt in 2004 with demands for a floor vote on a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex unions.
In her abbreviated bid for the White House — she won the Iowa GOP's straw poll but finished last in its leadoff caucuses — she talked more about fiscal issues than social ones. She advocates for lower taxes, and she voted against Obama's major initiatives, especially his signature health care law. She strongly opposed the agreement worked out by Congress and the White House to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a default.
In 2008, she voted against the $700 billion financial industry bailout under then-President George W. Bush.
Committee Assignments: Financial Services; Select Intelligence
American Conservative Union Rating: 95
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Michele Bachmann is not seeking re-election in 2014.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on August 13, 2014.)