Four-term Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gave her final speech to an empty chamber at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The outgoing representative announced her decision to leave Congress in May 2013. Bachmann thanked her constituents for making her the first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress.
“It has been the privilege and the honor of a lifetime for me to serve as a member of the United States Congress….It’s an honor and it’s the ride of a lifetime.”
Bachmann gave a tribute to Moses and the Ten Commandments as the “very foundation of the law that has given happiness and the rise of the greatest prosperity that any nation has known before.”
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The representative acknowledged her humble beginnings as a “nobody from nowhere” who was elected by the people of the 6th District. She began to thank a long list of people that have helped her political career. She thanked her donors for their generosity; the Holy God that created her; and her parents, brothers, step-brothers, and step-sisters. She went on to thank her five children and 23 foster children; her Minnesota supporters and prayer warriors; and the men and woman who serve in the Armed Services, as well as the Veterans.
The retiring congresswoman continued her gratitude to her staff, her chief-of-staff, and press communications director. Then she included the Capitol Police for keep her safe as well as the Sergeant-at-Arms. The list went on to include the unsung heroes of Washington: the chaplains, the bible study leaders, and the staff in the clerk’s office. The eight-year representative did not want to forget anybody and gave a special shout-out to James, who operates the railroad car that shuttles members underground between the Capitol and their office buildings. She also mentioned the elevator lady “who’s always so happy,” and “the two lunch ladies at our lunch counter in the cloakroom” and their wonderful sandwiches. As she wrapped up her 20-minute farewell speech, she thanked the Founding Fathers:
“More than anything, I want to say thank you to the Founders of this nation, who gave us the most incredible ride by believing in us and in our future.”
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Republican Tom Emmer will replace Bachmann and will be sworn in after the new year.
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