WASHINGTON — Rep. Michele Bachmann lives in Stillwater, hails from Iowa and works in Washington, D.C. — and as of March is a citizen of the country of Switzerland.
Bachmann’s spokeswoman confirmed that the third-term Republican and some of her family had became citizens of Switzerland. Politico was the first American news outlet to report the news.
Bachmann’s three youngest children are also Swiss citizens, according to Politico. They got dual citizenship through the Swiss consulate in Chicago.
“Congresswoman Bachmann’s husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978,” spokeswoman Becky Rogness said in an email. “However, recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family.”
Bachmann met with members of the Swiss parliament in Washington on Tuesday, and laughed when asked by a Swiss television reporter if (since she’s eligible) she ever planned on running for office in Switzerland.
“There’s a lot of competition behind me that I would have to run against and it’d be very stiff because they are very good,” she said.
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