Michele Bachmann becomes Swiss citizen

Fond of saying she's proud to be American, former presidential contender Michele Bachmann also frequently has spoken of her family's Norwegian ancestry.

Now the Republican lawmaker is touting new-found ties to Switzerland, after being granted dual citizenship, US media reported Wednesday.

"Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978," said her spokeswoman Becky Rogness said in a statement given to the Politico.com website and other US media.

The lawmaker from Minnesota, 55, who currently is running for reelection to the House of Representatives, reportedly in just the past several weeks went through the application process for Swiss citizenship, along with some other members of her family.

"Recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family," the spokeswoman said.

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