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6th District: Michele Bachmann


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Bachmann won the GOP endorsement at the District 6 nominating convention on May 6, 2006. describes herself as "an average Minnesotan" who has lived in the 6th District district most of her life. She has sponsored a constitutional ban on gay marriage, and legislation to require Minnesota to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

Her elective political career began with her first victory in 2000. In 2002, she knocked off DFL incumbent Jane Krentz, when redistricting pitted the incumbents against each other. She showed plenty of clout in the 54-percent-to-46-percent victory. Her Senate district mirrors the 6th District as a whole; conservative and growing more so. She beat Gary Laidig in the 2000 election, mostly because Republicans considered Laidig -- also a Republican -- not conservative enough.

She first came to public prominence through her work in overturning the Profile of Learning education law. But her conservative credentials were burnished in her unsuccessful attempt to get the Senate to vote on her amendments that would've supported a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Her threats to amend any bill that reached the Senate floor in the waning days of the session, led to the refusal by Senate DFL leaders to prevent any substantial legislation from reaching the floor.

Candidate Bio

Michele Bachmann
Political affiliation:
Republican Party
Born:
April 6, 1956.
Personal:
Married to Marcus. Five children: Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, Sophia.
Resides in Stillwater.
Lutheran
Occupation:
State senator. Former tax litigation attorney.
Education:
B.A., Winona State University (Political science, English); J.D., Coburn Law. LLM, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary.
Major political experience:
Elected to state Senate in 2000.

Campaign Finances

Total contributions
$1,624,052
Total disbursements
$921,490
Cash on hand
$702,562
Source: Political MoneyLine. Octrober 2006

Links and Resources

Senate Web site:
Document Minnesota Senate members
Campaign Web site
Document michelebachmann.com
Votetracker
Document Michele Bachmann
Campaign contributors
Document Political Moneyline

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