She was still a young girl when her father, an engineer, moved the family to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.She was 14 years old when her parents filed for divorce. in taxation from William & Mary School of Law in 1988, the couple moved to Stillwater, Minnesota, a town of 18,000 near Saint Paul, where they run a Christian counseling center that provided gay conversion therapy.The trip was set up by Arctic Power, an Alaskan lobbying group that advocates for ANWR development.The purpose of the trip was to receive a firsthand account of emerging renewable energy technologies and the prospects of increased domestic oil and natural gas production in Alaska, including ANWR.It contains no serious reform of existing programs, and it favors the costly, government-run direct lending program over nonprofit and commercial lenders." During the summer of 2008, as national gasoline prices rose to over a gallon, Bachmann became a leading Congressional advocate for increased domestic oil and natural gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and the Outer Continental Shelf.She joined ten other House Republicans and members of the media on a Congressional Energy Tour to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, and to Alaska.Her father remarried and moved to California, and young Michele and her mother Jean moved to Anoka, Minnesota. Bachmann and her husband have five children: Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia.Her mother remarried three years later to widower Raymond J. Bachmann said in a 2011 town hall meeting that she suffered a miscarriage after the birth of their second child, Harrison, an event she said shaped her pro-life views. The Bachmanns were licensed from 1992 to 2000 to handle up to three foster children at a time; the last child arrived in 1998.
She told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that she was reading Gore Vidal's 1973 novel Burr: "He was kind of mocking the Founding Fathers and I just thought, I just remember reading the book, putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, 'You know what? In the 1980 presidential election, she voted for Ronald Reagan and worked for his campaign.The publicly funded school's charter mandated that it be non-sectarian in all programs and practices, but the school soon developed a strong Christian orientation.Parents of students at the school complained and the superintendent of schools warned Bachmann that the school was in violation of state law.In a 1999 column, she wrote: "School-to-Work alters the basic mission and purpose of K-12 academic education away from traditional broad-based academic studies geared toward maximizing intellectual achievement of the individual.Instead, School-to-Work utilizes the school day to promote children's acquisition of workplace skills, viewing children as trainees for increased economic productivity." In 2000, Bachmann defeated 18-year incumbent Gary Laidig for the Republican nomination for State Senator for Minnesota District 56. A member of the Republican Party, she is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, who represented Minnesota's 6th congressional district from 2007 to 2015.