Michele Bachmann through the years [SLIDESHOW]

Rep. Michele Bachmann announced this week that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress. (RELATED: Michele Bachmann to retire from Congress in 2014 [VIDEO])

Bachmann has served as a representative of Minnesota’s 6th congressional district since 2007, and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress.

After exiting the race for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election, she returned to her post in Congress.

Here, we highlight Bachmann’s years of service.

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  • Rep. Bachmann speaks on day two of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo: Getty Images/Win McNamee)
  • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) appears with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (L) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (C) during a campaign event at Crofton Industries May 3, 2012 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Bachmann, a former candidate for the Republican nomination, officially endorsed Romney's campaign during the event.  (Photo: Getty Images/Win McNamee)
  • Rep. Bachmann enjoys a corndog at the August 2011 Iowa State Fair. (Photo: The Daily Telegraph/Toby Harnden)
  • Rep. Bachmann speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) MARCH 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. This year's theme is "America’s Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives. New Challenges, Timeless Principles."  (Photo: Getty Images/Pete Marovich)
  • Rep. Bachmann speaks during a news conference May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Bachmann held a news conference with Tea Party leaders and congressional members to discuss the IRS scandal in which auditors were found to be targeting conservative groups. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Rep. Bachmann participates in the launching of the "Fire Pelosi" bus tour on September 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. RNC Chairman Michael Steele launched the tour, which stopped at targeted districts and rural communities to spread the message to encourage Republicans to retake the House of Representatives and fire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Photo: Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
  • Rep. Bachmann runs on Independence Avenue as she leads a group of congressional members and Tea Party members to a news conference after the first meeting of the newly formed Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill July 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. About two dozens of congressional members met with Tea Party members to discuss the party's concerns about the nation. (Photo: Getty Images/Alex Wong)
  • Rep. Bachmann greets a protester during a demonstration calling for Congress to kill the Health Care Reform bill on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2010, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Getty Images/Joshua Roberts)
  • Rep. Bachmann leads a news conference and rally on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol November 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. Thousands of people, including many Republican members of the House of Representatives, attended the rally to voice their opposition to the House version of the health care reform legislation moving through Congress. (Photo: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)
  • Rep. Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, arrive at the 2011 Time 100 Gala, where Michele was honored on the magazine's annual list of influential people. (Photo: Wikimedia/David Shankbone)

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