10 Things You Didn't Know About Michele Bachmann

The Minnesota Republican founded the Tea Party Caucus in Congress.


1. Michele Marie Amble was born on April 6, 1956, in Waterloo, Iowa, to David Amble and Jean Johnson, who later divorced. Bachmann was raised by her mother in Anoka, Minn.

2. Bachmann graduated from Winona State University in Minnesota in 1978. While in college, Bachmann worked on Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign. Shortly after his election, Bachmann became a Republican.

3. In 1978, she married Marcus Bachmann, whom she met while working on Carter's campaign.

4. Bachmann earned her law degree from Tulsa's Oral Roberts University in 1986 and a Master of Law degree in tax law from the College of William and Mary in 1988.

5. Bachmann worked as a federal tax lawyer in St. Paul from 1995-2000.

6. In 2006, Bachmann was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to a seat left vacant by Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy. She represents the St. Paul and Minneapolis suburbs.

7. A month before the 2008 election, Bachmann said on MSNBC that then-candidate Barack Obama "may have anti-American views," which led to an outpouring of financial support for her Democratic opponent. Bachmann narrowly won reelection by 12,000 votes.

8. In July 2010, Bachmann established the Congressional Tea Party Caucus. She teamed up with Sarah Palin to support the movement during the midterms.

9. Bachmann was reelected to her third term in November 2010, taking 52.5 percent of the vote.

10. She and her husband own a Christian counseling practice in Minnesota and have five children. They have also supported 23 foster children.