Photos: Highlights from Michele Bachmann's political career

Politics

1 Michele Bachmann served in the Minnesota state Senate from 2001 to 2007. Here, in 2006, she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would put the definition of marriage on that year's ballot as a constitutional amendment. The bill ultimately failed. 
2 Later in 2006, Michele Bachmann announced her campaign for U.S. Congress in Minnesota's 6th District. Here, she seeks support from delegates at the 6th District GOP nominating convention on May 6, 2006. 
3 Laura Bush speaks at a rally for 6th District candidate Michele Bachmann, right, in 2006. 
4 After winning her 2006 race, Rep. Michele Bachmann's profile rose considerably. Here, she speaks on day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minn. 
5 Rep. Michele Bachmann has fought against President Barack Obama's health care reform, both before and after it became law. Here, she addresses the crowd on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, during a Republican health care news conference. Rep. Steve King., R-Iowa, holds the health care bill at left. 
6 Rep. Michele Bachmann also became a Tea Party fixture as that group rose to prominence in early 2010. Here, she gestures to a crowd gathered on the lawn of the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, March 13, 2010. 
7 In June 2011, Rep. Michele Bachmann, announced her run for the Republican presidential nomination. 
8 Rep. Michele Bachmann talks about growing up in Waterloo, Iowa in front her childhood home Sunday, June 26, 2011. 
9 Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign hit a high point in August 2011, when she won the GOP Straw Poll. 
10 Rep. Michele Bachmann has frequently appeared on TV cable news since becoming a member of Congress. Here, she has her hair tended to in a commercial break during her appearance on the Republican Presidential Forum on "Huckabee," the Fox News program hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 in New York. 
11 Toward the end of her unsuccessful presidential campaign, Michele Bachmann visited all of Iowa's 99 counties before the January 2012 caucuses. Here, she chats with Carol Wolford during a gathering at a private residence in Shenandoah, Iowa Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. 
12 Then-Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann signs a photo for young supporters during a stop at Scooter's Coffeehouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. 
13 After her presidential campaign failed, Rep. Michele Bachmann returned to Congress and again took up her fight against the federal health care reform law. Here, she signs autographs during a tea party "Hands Off My Health Care" rally at the Upper Senate Park March 27, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. 
14 Rep. Michele Bachmann narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Jim Graves, left, in a race for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District in 2012. Here, they answer questions during a 6th District debate Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in St. Cloud, Minn. 
15 Since news broke of the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups, Rep. Michele Bachmann has led the public charge against the agency. Here, she speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2013. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is at left. 
16 One of the key projects in Rep. Michele Bachmann's district was the replacement of the Stillwater Lift Bridge. That project gained Congressional approval in early 2012 and is now under construction. Here, Bachmann greets Warren Utecht, left, and Amos Schultz before the St. Croix Crossing groundbreaking program in Stillwater, Minn. Monday, May 28, 2013. 
17 Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Amy Klobuchar ceremonially break ground for the St. Croix Crossing bridge in Stillwater, Minn. Monday, May 28, 2013.