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U.S. Rep.-elect Tom Emmer is staffing his Washington, D.C., and Minnesota offices with Bachmann-ites.

Emmer, a Republican taking over representation of the Sixth Congressional District after Rep. Michele Bachmann's departure, announced this week that seven of the 13 new staffers hired for his offices were previously working for the congresswoman.

"These individuals offer impressive backgrounds, years of experience, and strong Minnesota ties that will be vital to best serving my constituents," Emmer said in a statement.

Emmer is sworn in next week, along with the rest of the 114th Congress.

Bachmann did not seek re-election after serving four terms.