Rep. Bachmann: A look back at her Congressional career

5:05 PM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, a 6th District Republican from Minnesota, has announced she will not seek a fifth term in congress.

While she has not announced what her future plans are, her political past has been well documented since she arrived in Washington in 2007.

Minnesotans met her as a state senator from Stillwater in 2000. A few years later, she rallied supporters to help her proposal to define marriage as "between a man and a woman."

"This issue will not get heard in the state of Minnesota," the then senator declared on the floor. Bachmann made a few headlines after photographs showed her crouching behind bushes as those who opposed her definition of marriage rallied outside the Capitol.

Her biggest headlines to date came in 2006 as she ran for Congress. President Bush flew in to support her campaign, which was ultimately successful, as the Stillwater native became the first female Republican House member from Minnesota.

In 2007, her enthusiastic actions toward President Bush on the night of his State of the Union address, broadcast nationwide, garnered significant attention for the freshman lawmaker.

Three years later, Congresswoman Bachmann was an established and powerful fundraiser.

"She was an incredibly impressive fundraiser because she did have this national following and she had the ability to gain attention nationwide," U of M Political Science Professor Kathryn Pearson said.

During her 2010 campaign for re-election, Sarah Palin stumped for her, telling a large crowd "Michele doesn't just tell them no, she tells them H-E-L-L no."

Bachmann's platform was built on ideas of tax reform and limiting government. Another large part of her legacy includes her opposition to President Obama. In 2008, she suggested he was anti-American and in 2009 she rallied against his health care reform plan.

"She didn't work well with Democrats and she didn't' necessarily work well with Republicans," Prof. Pearson explained.

She was portrayed in a Saturday Night Live skit, she was infamously featured on the cover of Newsweek, and in 2011, was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

Representative Bachmann announced a run at the Republican nomination for president in 2011 and went on to win the Ames Straw Poll. A few months later, she took herself out of the running and recently, her presidential campaign became the subject of a misconduct and ethics investigation.

And just hours before announcing she wouldn't seek reelection, she broke ground on perhaps her crowning achievement, the Stillwater Bridge. It's a bridge that is being built, in part, on the back of bi-partisan support from Representatives and Senators from both Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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