Bachmann's home no longer in her Congressional district
February 21st, 2012
08:51 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann's home no longer in her Congressional district

(CNN) – A Minnesota judicial panel revealed redrawn congressional districts Tuesday that placed Rep. Michele Bachmann's home outside the district she represents.

Bachmann announced this month she was running for re-election in the sixth district, which includes parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs. She said Tuesday she would still run in the sixth district, despite a new map drawn by the state's Supreme Court Special Redistricting panel that put her town, Stillwater, in the fourth district.

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The fourth district is currently represented by Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat serving her sixth term in Congress. In 2008 she was reelected with 59% of the vote.

Bachmann characterized the change as a political move designed to favor Democrats in an email to supporters.

"Just as we suspected, the liberal courts have changed the makeup of Minnesota's Congressional districts," Bachmann wrote. "The courts' liberal bias was evident by cherrypicking the districts and going so far as to draw my home – where I have raised my family and represented in Congress for the past six years – outside the new sixth district."

Bachmann said she would "take every necessary step to correct this injustice."

In a separate email, Bachmann painted a brighter picture of the change, saying it "was a victory for the people of the sixth district of Minnesota."

"Though the court changed the district by drawing my residence out of the district and into district four, the vast majority of the people I currently represent remain in district 6," she wrote.

The U.S. Constitution requires members of Congress live in the state they represent when they are elected, but does not say they must reside in the specific districts they represent.

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Filed under: Congress • Michele Bachmann • Minnesota
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. The Unsub

    OH those darn liberal judges! They destroyed my home!

    February 22, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. Thomas

    District , she's from another planet.

    She wont go away ,

    February 22, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Marla

    The people of Minnesota need to take every necessary step to make sure that this woman is not re-elected.

    February 22, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  4. Fred Riek

    Gee, wouldn't it be terrible if Bachmann wasn't back in the House representing Minnesota? Minnesota is a super state and like all others has its share of nincompoops. It would be wrong if Bachmann was not sent back to the House to represent these nincompoops.

    February 22, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Do Lugar and Connie Mack IV live in the state they represent?

    February 22, 2012 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  6. Dennis

    As if her home should be the center of the universe.

    February 22, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  7. Marie MD

    No matter where she lived she has always lived "outside" wherever her brain took her.
    Actually flake, this is a victory for the people of Minnesota who have been the but ts of so many jokes on how in the world they could keep voting for you!

    February 22, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  8. Ain't life strange?

    Yes Michelle... the redistricting was done for the sole purpose of moving you out of the district you represent. Those commies...

    February 22, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  9. GI Joe.

    Awwww - and she's already paid her friends in the 6th. Gee Whiz guys. Poor Michelle -- I know - it's the media's fault.

    February 22, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  10. TM

    Maybe she can move to Texas where they have been twisting districts to guarantee Republican wins.

    February 22, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. NoBS

    The end is near... Bachmann will be history by year's end.
    The dingbat can return to her cave and live her remaining years with a gay-bashing-gay husband til the LORD claim them as sheep in the OTHER world. lmao

    February 22, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Just another way of saying "We don't want you to represent us".

    February 22, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. Arun

    This woman is an idiot. She would be ok if things were reversed.

    February 22, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. diridi

    Is she a foreigner to her Constituents? Shame, I do not know how our democracy is working. Any way, those constituents are really lucky ones. God bless them. Obama2012.

    February 22, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Couldn't they just have her property declared a separate country? It would be so much easier.

    February 22, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. king

    Its amazing when these judges make decisions that benefits these right winger they are justified, as soon as the decisions they make inconvenient them, its a liberal attack. Come on oh mighty constitutional one suck up and drive on.

    February 22, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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