Bachmann won’t seek re-election

Bachmann speaks  with Councilman Mike Polehna and Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki at Tuesday's bridge groundbreaking ceremony. Bachmann announced that she wouldn't run for re-election the following day.

Bachmann speaks with Councilman Mike Polehna and Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki at Tuesday’s bridge groundbreaking ceremony. Bachmann announced that she wouldn’t run for re-election the following day (Gazette Photo by Avery Cropp).

Republican Sixth District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced today she will not seek re-election in 2014 in a video on her official web site.

Bachmann stressed in her web site video that her decision not to run next year did not involve any concerns about being defeated in 2014 or the inquiries involving her campaign staff.

“I will continue to work overtime for the next 18 months in Congress defending the same constitutional conservative values we have worked so hard on together ­— and I will continue to keep you updated as I always have. Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your continued support,” she wrote on her web site.

The announcement comes one day after Bachmann was in Stillwater for the St. Croix Crossing groundbreaking. Bachmann was first elected to Congress in 2006.

Redistricting after the 2010 census put Bachmann in Minnesota’s Sixth District. She defeated St. Cloud businessman Jim Graves in the 2012 election.

Prior to her election to Congress, Bachmann served in the Minnesota Senate from 2000 to 2006, where she championed the Taxpayers Bill of Rights.

Before entering politics, Bachmann was a federal tax litigation attorney. She is a graduate of Anoka High School, Winona State and the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and has an L.L.M. in tax law from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, have five children and have cared for 23 foster children.

Visit www.michelebachmann.com/ to view the video of her announcement.

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