Michele Bachmann announced today that she will not be running for reelection in 2014.
The Minnesota congresswoman made the announcement today in a Youtube video.
Bachmann says: “My good friends. After a good deal of thought and consideration, I have decided that next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term to represent the wonderful people of the 6th district of Minnesota.”
Bachmann didn’t give an exact reason for her decision but noted that 8-years of service was more than enough.
Bachmann added: “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 an individual to serve as a representative for a specific Congressional district.”
The Huffington Post notes that Bachmann is currently under investigation for ethics violations during her 2012 presidential campaign. Bachmann said that the investigation had nothing to do with her decision to retire from Congress. Bachmann also said that her decision “was not influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected.”
Here’s the video of Bachmann’s announcement.
Bachmann has served in congress in 2007 and became a nationally known name last year when she ran for President. Bachmann was a tea party favorite but her ultra-conservative views alienated some of the Republican base.
Bachmann won’t be running for reelection in 2014 but it is possible that she finds a new avenue for her political talents.