Michele Bachmann was named to Donald Trump's "evangelical executive advisory" council on Tuesday, giving the former Minnesota Congresswoman and 2012 presidential candidate a role in his campaign, reported the Washington Post
Trump, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, made the announcement while meeting with hundreds of Christian conservatives in New York City.
Bachmann was named with James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, and Jerry Falwell Jr, president of Liberty University, among others, noted the Post.
"I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to Evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am president," Trump said in a campaign website release
Bachmann tweeted support for Trump and his meeting with Christian conservatives.
Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from Minnesota when she won a House seat in 2006 after serving as a Minnesota state senator, according to Politico
. She was one of the founders of the Tea Party Caucus after President Barack Obama was elected and became one of his strongest critics, noted Biography.com
She served four terms in Congress, and after her presidential bid failed to gain traction in 2011, she won her last term in the House of Representatives in 2012.
Bachmann is known for making controversial statements. Earlier this year she wrote for the WorldNet Daily
that the Brussels terrorist attack may have been planned by God to humiliate Obama during his planned trip to Cuba.
Also named to Trump's council were:
A.R. Bernard, senior pastor and chief executive of the Christian Cultural Center; Mark Burns, pastor, Harvest Praise and Worship Center; Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors; Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, founders, Kenneth Copeland Ministries; Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor, Cross Church; Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor, Free Chapel; Jack Graham, senior pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church; Harry Jackson, senior pastor, Hope Christian Church; Robert Jeffress, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas; and David Jeremiah, senior pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church.
Other council members are: Richard Land, president, Southern Evangelical Seminary; James MacDonald, founder and senior pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel; Johnnie Moore, author, president of The KAIROS Company; Robert Morris, senior pastor, Gateway Church; Tom Mullins, senior pastor, Christ Fellowship; James Robison, founder, Life OUTREACH International; Tony Suarez, executive vice president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Jay Strack, president, Student Leadership University; Paula White, senior pastor, New Destiny Christian Center; Tom Winters, attorney, Winters and King, Inc.; Sealy Yates, and attorney, Yates and Yates.
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