Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is part of the official U.S. House delegation heading to London this week for Wednesday’s funeral of Margaret Thatcher, the former U.K. prime minister.
During her presidential campaign, Bachmann released a television ad calling herself “America’s Iron Lady,” a reference to Thatcher.
House Speaker John Boehner named Bachmann and U.S. Rep. George Holding of North Carolina to the delegation, which will be headed by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. Like Boehner, all three are Republicans.
Bachmann said in a statement:
“I am humbled and honored to be one of three members of the U.S. House of Representatives to be selected by Speaker John Boehner to attend Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. Americans must never forget her friendship with former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II and their work together to promote freedom, which changed the course of history.
“Not only was Margaret Thatcher a role model for conservative women across the globe, but she was also one of the most consequential political leaders of our time. She was a life-long champion of free markets, freedom and individual liberty and had the courage to fight for her convictions even in the face of undeserved ridicule. Though she was misunderstood by her critics, she proved them wrong by the results of her policies, which brought prosperity and increased happiness to the people of Great Britain. While we mourn her loss, we also remember the extraordinary legacy she left behind. May the great Lady rest in peace.”
Boehner notes in his statement that the delegation will fly commercial, because he has suspended the use of military flights for House members because of sequestration.