Michele Bachmann Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of former 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.

    January 3, 2015 - Last day in office.