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Marcus and Michele Bachmann Marriage Profile

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Michele and Marcus Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus Bachmann listen to Bachmann's introduction prior to her speech at the Iowans for Tax Relief PAC Watchdog Reception January 21, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Saying they believe in working together, Marcus and Michele Bachmann own a business together, shared in the parenting of their children and foster children, and make major decisions together.
Fast Marriage Facts - Michele and Marcus
Met: 1976.
Married: September 10, 1978.
First Marriage: Yes.

Did You Know?
They raised five children together and had twenty-three foster children.

News Updates:

5/29/2013: In a video she posted to her Facebook page, Michele Bachmann announced she will not run for a fifth term in Congress. As to her future, she said in the video, "There is no future option or opportunity, be it directly in the political area or otherwise, that I won't be giving serious consideration ..." She also thanked her husband Marcus for his support throughout their marriage.
Source: Alexander Abad-Santos. "Michele Bachmann Is Quitting Under Fire." TheAtlanticWire.com. 5/29/2013.

6/13/2011: Michele Bachmann announced her candidacy for President of the U.S.

Born:

Michele Marie Amble: April 6, 1956 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Marcus David Bachmann: Abt. 1956.

How and When Michele and Marcus Met:

Marcus and Michele met in 1976 when they were both students at Minnesota's Winona State University and members of the evangelical inter varsity Christian Fellowship. They both "volunteered at an elementary school supervising kids during recess."

Wedding Date:

Michele and Marcus were married on September 10, 1978 in Wisconsin on his family's dairy farm.
Source: Ancestry.com. Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1978; Wisconsin Marriages, 1979-1997. Wisconsin, USA: Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services.
"When they graduated, Marcus proposed to Michele the day after Valentine’s Day. In the fall, they were married at his parent’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. “We took a year off before going back to school, because we just wanted to enjoy being married and try out different employment opportunities,” Marcus said.
Source: Anja Sivertson. "As Caucus approaches, Michele Bachmann looks to sell Iowans on Faith, Frugality." IowaWatch.org. 5/13/2011.

Children:

Marcus and Michele have five children. Michele miscarried their third child. They also cared for 23 foster children, no more than 3 at a time, from 1992 through 2000.
  • Lucas: Born abt. 1983.
  • Harrison: Born abt. 1987.
  • Miscarriage:
  • Elisa: Born abt. 1990.
  • Caroline:
  • Sophia: Born abt. 1995.
Michele: "After our second was born, we became pregnant with a third baby. It was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. The child was coming along and we ended up losing our child. And it was devastating to both of us, as you can imagine if any of you have lost a child ... At that moment, we didn't think of ourselves as overly career-minded or overly materialistic but when we lost that child, it changed us, and it changed us forever. We made a commitment that no matter how many children were brought into our life, we would receive them because we are committed to life."
Source: Jan Crawford. "Bachmann reveals 'devastating' miscarriage." CBSNews.com. 6/30/2011.
Stephen Moore: "She [Michele] talks with almost religious fervor about the virtues of living frugally, working hard and long hours, and avoiding debt. When she was growing up, she recalls admiringly, Iowa dairy farmers worked from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. ... She's a mother of five, and she and her husband helped raise 23 teenage foster children in their home, as many as four at a time."
Source: Stephen Moore. "On the Beach, I Bring von Mises." WSJ.com. 6/11/2011.
Reg Chapman: "Bachmann said she is so proud of her children. Lucas is a medical doctor, Harrison a teacher at a Twin Cities Charter school. Their daughter Elise is in Florida in college, and Caroline and Sophia are in high school. Bachmann said her 23 foster children called to wish her a happy Mother's Day."
Source: Reg Chapman. "Michele Bachmann on Motherhood, Being Foster Mom." Bachmann.house.gov. 5/09/2010.
C. Wilkie, A. Stone: "The Associated Press recently reported on inconsistencies in Bachmann's tally of the number of girls who stayed at her home. The congresswoman has said 20 in some cases, 23 in others and has yet to clarify her statements."
Source: Christina Wilkie, Andrea Stone. "Bachmann Charity Work: Christian and Controversial." HuffingtonPost.com. 8/18/2011.

Occupations:

Michele: U.S. Representative from Minnesota, worked for the IRS, state politician

Marcus: Clinical therapist and president of Bachmann & Associates, a Christian counseling practice. Dr. Bachmann is also a professional public speaker and part owner of the 951 acre Bachmann Farm Family Partnership in Independence, Wisconsin.

"He [Marcus] is not registered with any of the three boards that certify mental health practitioners and professions in the state. The Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy confirmed to POLITICO that Bachmann is not licensed with them. And a search of the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy license database returns no result. Trisha Stark, of the Minnesota Psychological Association, said that the title 'clinical therapist' is not widely used in professional circles and that Bachmann is able to operate his clinic because of state rules regarding mental health practice. 'Minnesota is one of the only states in which you can practice mental health without a license,' Stark said."
Source: James S. Hohmann, Byron Tau. "Marcus Bachmann, campaign spouse." Politico.com. 7/4/2011.

Residence:

Marcus and Michele live in Stillwater in the St. Croix Valley of Minnesota.

Quotes About the Marriage of Marcus and Michele Bachmann:

Michele when asked if she would be a submissive wife as president: "What submission means to us, if that's what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband. He's a wonderful, Godly man and a great father, and he respects me as his wife. That's how we operate our marriage. We respect each other, we love each other, and I've been so grateful that we've been able to build a home together."
Source: Rachel Quigley. "'Submissive? It's called respect': Bachmann silences critics over relationship with husband (but Sarah Palin isn't convinced.)" DailyMail.co.uk. 8/13/2011.

Michele: “My husband and I are a really good team.”
Source: Jason Horowitz. "Michele Bachmann's husband shares her strong conservative values." WashingtonPost.com. 7/5/2011.

James Hohmann: "And even then, he spoke only when called on by his wife, to help answer a young woman’s question about the secret to her successful marriage. As she called her husband onto stage, the congresswoman introduced him as their marriage counselor, joking that he wins all the arguments in their house."
Source: James S. Hohmann, Byron Tau. "Marcus Bachmann, campaign spouse." Politico.com. 7/4/2011.

Michele in 2008 on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives: "I thank my husband, who stood by me with our five babies and who stood by me when we lost a baby," she said during floor debates over an abortion bill. "I thank you for standing by me when we didn't know if we could go on anymore, and I thank you for stepping up to the plate, my husband, for being willing to bring 23 foster children into our home."
Source: Laura Bassett. "Michele Bachmann First Told 'Surprise' Miscarriage Story in 2008." HuffingtonPost.com. 6/30/2011.

Matt Taibbi: "In October 2006, she [Michele] stepped before a packed house at the Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and told her life story ... She even told the congregation that she and hubby Marcus —- who by then had opened a Christian counseling center —- had been united not by love but by a unique series of divine visions experienced by three people simultaneously."
Source: Matt Taibbi. "Michele Bachmann's Holy War." RollingStone.com. 6/22/2011.

David Graham: "Plenty of politicians refer to their spouses as true partners, important counselors, and advisers on the campaign trail and in office. But Marcus Bachmann is all that and more for Rep. Michele Bachmann. He shares his wife’s religious path, political conversion, and unorthodox views, and he’s reputed to be one her few close advisers."
Source: David A. Graham. "Michele Bachmann's First Dude." TheDailyBeast.com. 6/15/2011.

Marcus: "Marcus says he resists analyzing members of his own family, but he believes that Michele, a child of divorce, wanted to create a traditional Leave It to Beaver–style home for her children—something she never had when she was growing up. “Before we married, we talked very deeply about life, and in a very transparent and authentic way she shared with me about her parents’ divorce and the difficulty that that presented to her.” Marcus says. “What she was looking for in a husband was clearly stability, a person of character. She saw that stability in me and really that was an attraction.”
Source: Andy Steiner. "Michele Bachmann is the Most ____ Woman in Politics." MinnesotaMonthly.com. 9/2010.

Michele: “And the Lord then led me to this man, stand up, darling, this is Marcus Bachmann, my husband. Led me to him, and showed me that this was also part of my calling. That my calling was to marry this man. And I tell you that, because, I hate to disappoint you, darling, but it wasn't a big romantic surge that led us to each other. It was His Word ... at the same time, the Lord was speaking to my husband, and He showed my husband, he was repairing a fence on the farm where he worked, and the Lord showed him in a vision that he was supposed to marry me."
Source: Bill Prendergast. "Bachmann Roundup, August 25, 2009." DailyKos.com. 8/25/2009.

Michele: “But the Lord says: Be submissive, wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands."
Source: "Bachman Describes How God Told Her to Run For Congress." TheBachmannRecord.com. 10/14/2006.

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