Michele Bachmann says she’s renouncing her dual citizenship with Switzerland, two days after reports surfaced that she had it.
“Today I sent a letter to the Swiss Consulate requesting withdrawal of my dual Swiss citizenship,” Bachmann said in a statement to reporters.
“I took this action because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America and I am a proud American citizen,” the Minnesota Republican and former Republican presidential candidate said. “I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America.”
Bachmann gained Swiss citizenship in 1978 when she married her husband Marcus, whose parents were born in Switzerland, a spokesman for the Swiss embassy in Washington told Minnesota Public Radio. Bachmann and three of her children filed to register as Swiss citizens in February of this year and their application was approved in March.
Bachmann, the first woman to win the Iowa Straw Poll and one-time leader in the Republican presidential polls, didn’t disclose her Swiss dual citizenship during her run for the White House or in her three previous congressional campaigns. A Swiss television station broke the news of her dual citizenship Tuesday while reporting on a meeting she had with Swiss parliamentarians.
U.S. House rules don’t forbid members from holding dual citizenship, so long as they meet the constitutional requirements for the office.