The Republican Party member Michele Bachmann was born on April 6th, 1956. She served as a US Representative for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.
Bachmann also ran for US Presidential elections in 2012. It didn’t go well as she lost to Mitt Romney in the Republican Primary. She first held office at the US House Of Representatives in 2007 after winning the elections of 2006.
After this, she ran for the seat of President but failed. This led to her winning another term in the US House of Representatives in 2012.
Early Life and education of Michele Bachmann
In 1974, Michele Marie Bachmann graduated from Anoka High School. Later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Winona State University. She completed her JD from Oral Roberts University.
She regarded one of the professors there as “one of the professors who greatly influenced me.”
Bachmann earned her LLM in Tax Law in 1988 from William & Mary Law School. She worked in the IRS till 1993, when she left it to become a full-time mother. She only left this job when her fourth child was born.
Her parents, David John Amble and Arlene Jean Amble, were divorced when she was just 14. Bachmann’s mother got married again to a widower.
Michele Bachmann’s early political career
Despite being born in a democratic family, Bachmann turned into a Republican. This happened when she was in her senior year at Winona State University.
Bachmann claimed, “he was mocking the Founding Fathers, and I just thought—I remember reading the book, putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, ‘You know what? I don’t think I am a Democrat. I must be a Republican’” after she read Gore Vidal’s novel, Burr.
Bachmann and her husband have also supported Jimmy Carter during his presidential run. She got highly disappointed by the approach of President Carter during the Campaign. It made her support a Republican, Ronald Reagan, for the next US Presidential Elections.
Bachmann actively supported the anti-abortion protest and even became a part of it. A hospital was being made to perform abortions. Michele opposed the tax dollars which were going into the hospital. She said, “in effect, since 1973, I have been a landlord of an abortion clinic, and I don’t like that distinction.”
She also criticized the School to work policy by saying, “School-to-Work alters the basic mission and purpose of K–12 academic education away from traditional broad-based academic studies geared toward maximizing the intellectual achievement of the individual. Instead, School-to-Work utilizes the school day to promote children’s acquisition of workplace skills, viewing children as trainees for increased economic productivity.”
The political career of Michele Bachmann
Bachmann won the Republican Nomination in 2000, defeating Gary Laidig for state senator in Minnesota District 56. She later defeated Ted Thompson and Lyno Sullivan in the general elections. Bachmann defeated Jane Krentz, the DFL State Senator, after the redistricting.
She mainly focused on opposing gat marriage and abortion throughout her tenure. She also proposed an amendment in 2003 that would bar the legality of same-sex marriage.
Bachmann opposed Presidents George Bush on his plan to increase troop levels in Iraq. She voted a “no” but later called for a hearing before the troop surge. She said, “the American people deserve to hear and understand the merits of increasing U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Increased troop presence is justifiable if that measure would bring a swift conclusion to a difficult conflict.”
She regarded the hearings as “a good first step in explaining the course toward victory in Iraq to the American people.”
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 were claimed to benefit the students in many ways. It raised the student loan limit from $7,500 to $30,500.
Bachmann voted against this Act, saying, “it fails students and taxpayers with gimmicks, hidden costs, and poorly targeted aid. It contains no serious reform of existing programs, and it favors the costly, government-run direct lending program over nonprofit and commercial lenders.”
However, the Bill was passed and signed by then-President George Bush. Bachmann visited Pakistan, Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq, joining a Congressional delegation.
After she came back, Bachmann said that she “was encouraged by reports of progress from Crocker, General David Petraeus, and other personnel in Iraq linked to the surge.“
She added that the surge “hasn’t had a chance to be in place long enough to offer a critique of how it’s working. [Petraeus] said al-Qaida in Iraq is off its plan, and we want to keep it that way. The surge has only been fully in place for a week or so.”
Michele meets Pakistan’s PM
Bachmann also met the Pakistani Prime Minister and visited Lal Masjid Mosque during the delegation.
Bachmann said, “The group [of U.S. Legislators] had to travel in armored vehicles and was constantly accompanied by Pakistani military … We were all able to see extremely up close and personal what it’s like to be in a region where fighting is occurring. We constantly felt like we were in need of security.”
She was also reported saying, “the dangers posed by Islamic terrorism in Iraq, Britain, and Pakistan justified the continued American military presence in Iraq” “We don’t want to see al-Qaida get a presence in the United States. Al-Qaida doesn’t seem to show any signs of letting up. We have to keep that in mind.”
Michele Bachmann retirement
Bachmann announced her retirement On May 29, 2013. She decided not to seek reelection in 2014 for her Congressional seat. She chose to remain involved in politics by saying that she is “not going silent.”
Michele Bachmann’s net worth
Michele Bachmann has worked throughout the years and held strong positions. Her net worth is approximately $3 million.
Michele Bachmann family
Michele Amble married Marcus Bachmann in 1978. They both are parents to five children named Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. Her anti-abortion views were formed when she suffered a miscarriage after her second child. Michele and Marcus provided foster care to 23 teenage girls.