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Michele Bachmann Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 3:32 PM EDT, Mon September 1, 2014
<a href='http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/29/rep-bachmann-looks-forward-to-limitless-future-but-not-in-the-house/'>U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has announced </a>she won't seek re-election to Congress. In a video posted on her campaign website Wednesday, May 29, the Minnesota Republican denied that concerns over winning re-election or a congressional ethics inquiry over campaign funds influenced her decision. Known as a voice for the tea party, the conservative firebrand ran unsuccessfully for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Bachmann, pictured on May 16, discusses the scandal of the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups. Here's a look back at her career: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has announced she won't seek re-election to Congress. In a video posted on her campaign website Wednesday, May 29, the Minnesota Republican denied that concerns over winning re-election or a congressional ethics inquiry over campaign funds influenced her decision. Known as a voice for the tea party, the conservative firebrand ran unsuccessfully for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Bachmann, pictured on May 16, discusses the scandal of the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups. Here's a look back at her career:
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Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
Michele Bachmann's career in politics
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(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann.

Personal:
Birth date: April 6, 1956

Birth place: Waterloo, Iowa

Birth name: Michele Marie Amble

Father: David Amble, an engineer

Mother: Arlene Jean (Johnson) Amble

Marriage: Marcus Bachmann (September 10, 1978-present)

Children: Sophia, May 31, 1994; Caroline, June 15, 1992; Elisa, April 14, 1990; Harrison, February 2, 1987; Lucas, April 30, 1982;

Education: Winona State University, B.A., 1978; Oral Roberts University, J.D., 1986; College of William and Mary, L.L.M., 1988

Religion: Lutheran

Other Facts:
Bachmann, a conservative Republican, worked for Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign. Has said that she switched parties while reading Gore Vidal's novel, "Burr."

Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, own a mental health care practice.

Through the years, the Bachmann family has helped care for 23 foster children.

Timeline:
1988-1992 - Tax litigation attorney.

2000-2006 - Minnesota state senator.

November 7, 2006 - Is the first Republican woman from Minnesota to be elected to the House of Representatives.

January 4, 2007-present - Serves as Republican representative from the 6th District of Minnesota.

October 17, 2008 - Tells MSNBC's Chris Matthews, "I'm very concerned that he [President Obama] may have anti-American views."

November 4, 2008 - Is elected to a second term.

July 2010 - Establishes the House Tea Party Caucus.

November 2, 2010 - Is elected to a third term.

January 25, 2011 - Delivers the Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union address.

June 13, 2011 - At a CNN-sponsored debate of Republican candidates, Bachmann announces that she has filed the papers necessary to run for president and will formally announce her candidacy soon.

June 27, 2011 - Formally announces her candidacy for president during an appearance in Waterloo, Iowa.

November 21, 2011 - Releases her memoir "Core of Conviction: My Story."

January 4, 2012 - Suspends her presidential campaign after her sixth-place finish in the Iowa Republican caucuses.

November 6, 2012 - Wins re-election to the House of Representatives for a fourth term.

May 29, 2013 - Announces, in a video posted to her campaign website, that she will not seek re-election next year.

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