Minnesota's 6th Congressional District
|Minnesota's 6th congressional district|
|Current incumbent||Michele Bachmann|
|Gender||50.2% Male, 49.8% Female|
|Race||91.9% White, 2.2% Black, 2.3% Asian|
|Median household income||$65,461|
|High school graduation rate||93.1%|
|College graduation rate||28.1%|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
The 6th District includes most or all of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Anoka and Washington counties.
The district previously covered eastern Hennepin County, including the entire city of Minneapolis, along with parts of Anoka and Ramsey counties.
The current representative of the 6th congressional district is Michele Bachmann (R).
On May 29, 2013, Bachmann announced she will not seek re-election in 2014 explaining, "The law limits anyone from serving as president of the United States for more than eight years. And in my opinion, well, eight years is also long enough for any individual to serve as a representative for a specific congressional district."
A May 15, 2013 poll by Public Policy Polling showed Jim Graves, Bachmann's likely Democratic challenger in 2014, leading Bachmann 47% to 45%, respectively, with a 4.4 point margin of error. This race would have been a rematch of the 2012 election, one that Graves lost by 1.2%. Bachmann has already started to run campaign ads.
Bachmann is also under FBI scrutiny over campaign funding misuse related to her 2012 presidential campaign. Andy Parrish, her former chief of staff has reportedly said in a sworn affidavit that Bachmann "knew and approved of" payments to Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson. Legislators are not allowed to be employed by political campaigns. Peter Waldron, national field coordinator in Iowa for Bachmann's campaign, filed a FEC complaint alleging that Bachmann paid Sorenson and misused leadership PAC funds to pay campaign staff, including consultant Guy Short.
In addition, Bachmann is also facing an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics over the campaign funding misuse allegations. Both Soreson and Bachmann deny any payments were made.
The 6th congressional district of Minnesota held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michele Bachmann (R) defeated Jim Graves (D) in the general election.
|U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Michele Bachmann Incumbent||50.5%||179,240|
|Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
On November 2, 2010, Michele Bachmann (R) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Tarryl Clark (D), Aubrey Immelman (I), Bob Anderson (Independence) and Dennis S. Ferche (I) in the general election.
On November 4, 2008, Michele Bachmann (R) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated El Tinklenberg (D), Bob Anderson (Independence) and Aubrey Immelman (Write-In) in the general election.
|U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2004|
|Republican||Mark R. Kennedy incumbent||54%||203,669|
|U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2002|
|Republican||Mark R. Kennedy||57.3%||164,747|
|U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2000|
|Democratic||Bill Luther incumbent||49.6%||176,340|
|Constitution||Ralph A. Hubbard||2.4%||8,584|
- See also: Redistricting in Minnesota
In 2011, the Minnesota State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census.
- Minnesota Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
- http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/michele-bachmann-not-running-again-91972.html?hp=t1_3 Politico "Michele Bachmann not running again" Accessed May 29, 2013]
- Politco "Poll: Michele Bachmann in for tight fight", Accessed May 21, 2013
- Washington Post "FBI interested in Bachmann campaign finance case", Accessed May 21, 2013
- Washington Post "Michele Bachmann faces congressional ethics probe" Accessed May 21, 2013
- ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Minnesota," November 7, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"