May 10, 2012 in Nation/World

Bachmann, family have Swiss-U.S. citizenship

Associated Press

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MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has been granted citizenship in Switzerland.

Bachmann’s spokeswoman Becky Rogness said the congresswoman had been eligible for dual citizenship since she married her husband of Swiss descent in 1978.

Rogness told Minnesota Public Radio that some of the couple’s children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual citizenship, so they went through the process as a family.

Bachmann called it a “nonstory.”

In a statement, she said she automatically became a dual citizen of the U.S. and Switzerland in 1978 when she married her husband, Marcus, and that her family just recently updated its documents. She added that she is “proud to be an American.”

Bachmann represents Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District and plans to seek re-election following her unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination.

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