POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: She is a member of the United States House of Representatives.
EDUCATION: She is a graduate of Anoka High School and Winona State University. She received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary.
FAMILY: Marcus (husband); Children: Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, Sophia
PROS AND CONS according to ABC News' Amy Bingham, Maya Srikrishnan, Jared Pliner, Jennifer Schlesinger and Josh Goldstein
- PROS: Strong support from Tea Party activists. Minnesota base gives her great access and credibility in Iowa. Proven ability to raise money.
CONS: "A polarizing figure. Can she broaden her appeal beyond a narrow slice of the Republican electorate?.