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6th District: Michele Bachmann

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
April 6, 1956.
Married to Marcus. Five children: Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, Sophia.
Resides in Stillwater.
State senator. Former tax litigation attorney.
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.

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Source: Political MoneyLine. Octrober 2006

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Bachmann defeated Democrat Patty Wetterling in a hard-fought contest that will go down as the state's most expensive U.S. House race. (11/08/2006)
The congressional candidate made the comments during tough questioning at a free-for-all forum in Andover, in the wake of an appearance at a church service last month in which she said "God called me to run for the United States Congress." (11/01/2006)
Voters in Minnesota's 6th District are poised to elect a woman to Congress this year. But which woman? (10/27/2006)
Mrs. Bush was in Minnetonka Wednesday morning for a $500-a-plate breakfast for Bachmann and the Republican Party. (10/25/2006)
The candidates in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District face off as part of Midday's Meet the Candidates series. (Midday, 10/20/2006)
A watchdog group filed a complaint with the IRS Tuesday against a Minnesota church, claiming the pastor violated the church's tax-exempt status by endorsing GOP congressional candidate Michele Bachmann Saturday night. (10/17/2006)
A new poll shows Patty Wetterling is the frontrunner in the 6th District race. But Republicans say the poll isn't credible. (10/17/2006)
The nasty tone of a debate in Blaine carried over from the negative TV ads both Patty Wetterling and Michele Bachmann have been running. (10/16/2006)
Results of the Reuters/Zogby poll found Republican Michele Bachmann and Democrat Patty Wetterling running neck and neck with just a month left before the election. Meanwhile, the Mark Foley scandal is growing as a campaign issue. (10/04/2006)
The three candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 6th district offered distinctly different views and sharp exchanges on health care, taxes and the war in Iraq in a debate Thursday night. (09/21/2006)
The candidates for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District seat met for their first debate before a large audience Monday night in St. Cloud. (09/19/2006)
President Bush mixed policy and politics into a four and a half hour trip to Minnesota Tuesday. The president led a panel discussion on health care in Minnetonka and later appeared at a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Michele Bachmann in Wayzata. (08/23/2006)
Bachmann easily won the endorsement contest Saturday in Monticello and is looking ahead to the November election. Her three challengers say they are sticking to their pledge not to run in a primary. (05/06/2006)
Rep. Mark Kennedy has set his sights on the U.S. Senate, and there is a heated race underway for the Republican endorsement to take his place in Congress. (Midday, 05/03/2006)
Three of four candidates for the 6th District seat signed a pledge to honor the party endorsement process. But a fourth refused to sign, although he says he'll abide by it. (04/21/2006)