At a Glance
- Career History: Minnesota Senator (2000-2007); Treasury Department tax attorney(1995 to 2000)
- Birthday: April 6, 1956
- Hometown: Stillwater, Minn.
- Alma Mater: Winona State University, B.A., 1978; Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University, J.D., 1986; Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, L.L.M., 1988
- Spouse: Marcus Bachmann
- Religion: Lutheran
- DC Office: 107 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-2331
Path to Power
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Bachmann grew up in Anoka, Minn., graduating from public schools and later earning her bachelor's from Winona State University. A more liberal ideology, then-Minnesota Sen. Walter Mondale's (D) spot on the national ticket, and becoming a born-again Christian led to her working on Jimmy Carter's 1976 campaign, where she met her husband, another born-again Christian.
However, the pair became dissatisfied with Carter's position on abortion rights and Bachmann ultimately joined the Republican Party.
Throughout her career, Bachmann has been a strong proponent of education reform. Bachmann home-schooled her children, including 23 foster children, saying they were failed by the public-school system.
In the state Senate, Bachmann was an outspoken adversary of the state's "Profile Of Learning" program, which set graduation standards; she also was a harsh critic of the federal "School To Work" policies, which provide funding to states that established programs with a focus on vocational skills.
Perhaps Bachmann's biggest booster is 2008 veep candidate, former Alaska governor and fellow female conservative celebrity Sarah Palin. The two drew a crowd of 10,000 at a Minnesota fundraiser for Bachmann's 2010 reelection race.
Bachmann is tied closely to major national conservative groups, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and James Dobson of Focus On the Family. She also remains in contact with Minnesota conservative groups, including EdWatch, the Minnesota Family Institute, and the Minnesota Family Council. Within her state congressional delegation, Bachmann often teams up with Rep. John Kline (R) on legislation.