U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, vying for a leadership position in the new Republican-controlled Congress, was given a new spot on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.
The Stillwater Republican will be the first Minnesotan on the intelligence panel since U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who served on the committee earlier in the decade. (Although Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., served briefly in 2009).
Bachmann was thought to be seeking a post on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. Her omission from that panel has angered some Tea Party activists, especially in light of her unsuccessful bid for the House Republican Conference chairmanship.
Nevertheless, Bachmann expressed gratitude at the assignment, which was announced by incoming House Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio.
“It was a leading desire of mine to serve on this panel because of the key role it plays in keeping our nation safe,” Bachmann said. “As a mother of five children and 23 foster children, I have a deep appreciation for that portion of our Oath of Office in which members of Congress vow to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ That enduring sense of responsibility will help guide me as I serve on this vital committee.”
Bachmann also serves on the Financial Services Committee.
GOP Party Chairman Keith Downey released a letter to a party committee questioning the judgment and competency of Deputy Chairman Chris Fields just days ahead of the election for party officers in St. Cloud Saturday.