Michele Marie Bachmann is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's 6th congressional district, and a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. She previously served in theMinnesota State Senate and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress.
Bachmann earned a Master of Laws degree, worked as a tax attorney, and was a foster mother for 23 teenagers.
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February 25, 2011 — It's no secret the Republicans think President Obama is vulnerable in next year's election. They think he overreached on the healthcare overhaul, the economy is still sluggish and they're confident voters agree with them that the federal government spends too much. A lot of possible contenders are acting like candidates, including former Governor Tim Pawlenty and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. But so far, no high profile Republicans have announced they're running, and some analysts say the party is having an unusually difficult time getting behind a candidate. Mark Zdechlik reports.
January 26, 2011 — Excerpts of the Tea Party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address last night (Tuesday). Minnesota's 6th District Republican Congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, delivered her remarks on behalf of the Tea Party after the Republican Party's official response, delivered by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. Obama's policies and actions on taxes, the unemployment rate, gas prices and healthcare are mentioned.
April 15, 2010 — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is brushing off criticism of her voting record from an environmental group. The League of Conservation Voters says Bachmann achieved a two-percent rating -- nearly the lowest possible -- and the group plans to work against her re-election. Bachmann campaign director Gina Countryman says it's a fringe group that won't influence Minnesota voters.
April 14, 2010 — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is brushing off criticism of her voting record from an environmental group. The League of Conservation Voters says Bachmann achieved a two-percent rating -- nearly the lowest possible -- and the group plans to work against her re-election. Bachmann campaign director Gina Countryman says it's a fringe group that won't influence Minnesota voters.
April 14, 2010 — The League of Conservation Voters says it will campaign against Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in the fall election. The non-profit advocacy group has named Bachmann to its national list of so-called Dirty Dozen congressional candidates. The list is created with an online vote, where Bachmann received 60-percent of the votes. The non-profit group's Tony Massaro says Bachmann voted against energy legislation that would create clean jobs in Minnesota. A spokesman for the Bachmann campaign says it's not worried about the criticism, calling the League of Conservation Voters a fringe group.
December 31, 2009 — A portion of the billions of dollars in cuts Governer Tim Pawlenty made to balance the budget last summer are now on hold. Ramsey District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled that a $5.3 million food program cut from the budget should be restored. In question are the remaining cuts. Guests Rep. Marty Seifert (R-Marshall): Former minority leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He's currently running for governor. Sen. Tarryl Clark (D-St. Cloud): Assistant majority leader in the Minnesota Senate. She is challenging Republican Michele Bachmann for Congress. David Lillehaug: Former Minnesota U.S. attorney. He's an attorney with Fredrikson and Byron. Sen. Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen): Serves on the Minnesota Senate Transportation committee. The toll of grief on a marriage A new debut novel explores the connection between chronic pain and the emotional pain of loss. St. Paul writer Kate Ledger brings her experience observing and writing about doctors to her contemplation of marriage and grief. 10:30 a.m. Guests Kate Ledger: Author of the new novel "Remedies."
September 26, 2009 — More than a thousand people rallied last night at a Minneapolis town hall meeting hosted by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. reporter Jess Mador has more.
November 4, 2008 — Michele Bachmann victory speech from 12:45 am. Election night.
October 20, 2008 — National Democrats think they have a chance to unseat Michele Bachmann. Their growing sense of optimism comes after a cable TV interview where the 6th District Republican congresswoman used the word "anti-American" to refer to Barack Obama and called for an investigation into members of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today that Bachmann discredited herself. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it intends to spend more than $1 million in ads to defeat Bachmann. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck reports...
September 2, 2008 — Republican National Convention Day 2. Michele Bachmann speaks to RNC.