[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/11/art.bachmann0121.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Michele Bachmann has filed paperwork to start a Tea Party Caucus."](CNN) – The 2010 midterms will offer Tea Party activists their first chance to elect their preferred candidates to national office. But once those candidates get to Washington, there might already be a "Tea Party Caucus" waiting to greet them.
That's because a Tea Party favorite, GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann, has filed paperwork to start such a caucus in the House.
In a letter dated July 15 and sent to Rep. Robert Brady, the Democratic chairman of the House Administration Committee, Bachmann asked to register the group for the 111th Congress.
Bachmann writes: "I would like to register the House Tea Party Caucus as a Congressional Member Organization for the 111th Congress. The House Tea Party Caucus will serve as an informal group of Members dedicated to promote Americans' call for fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and limited government."
In her letter, Bachmann named herself as chair of the caucus.
"The American people are speaking out loud and clear," Bachmann said in a separate statement. "They have had enough of the spending, the bureaucracy, and the government knows best mentality running rampant today throughout the halls of Congress. This caucus will espouse the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold."
Bachmann isn't the only Tea Party-backed Republican who is keen on the idea.
Earlier this week, Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul told the National Review that if elected, he hopes to band together with like-minded conservatives to form what he called a "Tea Party Caucus" in the upper chamber that will advocate for small government ideals.
"I think I will be part of a nucleus with Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, who are unafraid to stand up," Paul said. "If we get another loud voice in there, like Mike Lee from Utah or Sharron Angle from Nevada, there will be a new nucleus."
UPDATE: In a letter sent Friday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Bachmann petitioned the Democratic leader for her support.
"In conversations my staff had with the Committee, some concerns were voiced that this caucus may face roadblocks due to the perceived political nature of the label 'Tea Party,'" Bachmann said.
"As Members of Congress, we have an obligation to represent the views of our constituents, and this Caucus would do nothing more than promote the timeless principles of our founding, principles that all Members of Congress have sworn to uphold."
- CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report