Bachmann says she will seek 4th term in U.S. House

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, in the wake of her unsuccessful run for the GOP presidential nomination, announced Wednesday she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House:

Bachmann declared her plans in an interview with The Associated Press. The Republican congresswoman had been mum on her plans since folding her presidential campaign after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.

“I’m looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.,” Bachmann said.

Bachmann will be a formidable candidate in Minnesota’s 6th District, where other Republican hopefuls had stood aside until she made a decision on running for re-election. Some experts had speculated that Bachmann might instead turn to a career in talk media.

Bachmann is a potent fundraiser who raised $13.5 million in her last House race, but would likely start from scratch after the presidential campaign. A campaign finance report that would show how much money she can bring to the race isn’t due until the end of the month.

Bachmann also faces uncertainty over how her district will be reshaped. One redistricting plan put forth by Democrats would throw her into a race with Rep. Betty McCollum, a six-term Democrat who represents the St. Paul area. A special redistricting panel is due to issue maps late next month.

In 2000, Bachmann won a seat in the Minnesota State Senate. Two years later, after redistricting forced her to run against another incumbent, Bachmann won the seat for the newly drawn State Senate District 52. As a State Senator, Bachmann was focused on culturally conservative issues, such as opposition to abortion and gay marriage.

Since winning election to the U.S. House of representatives in November 2006, Bachmann has served Minnesota’s 6th congressional district, which includes the northernmost and eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. She has the distinction of being the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress from Minnesota.

- JP

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