Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants, Mia Love, won the bid on Tuesday to become the first female African-American Republican elected to Congress (as well as the first Haitian-American.)
The Mormon mother of three walked away with the win against Democratic Lawyer Doug Owens for the slot in Utah’s 4th congressional district. This is her second time running for the same district, as she was the 2012 Republican nominee, but lost the election to Jim Matheson by a difference of .31%. She is also the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah.
After earning more than 50% of the vote, Love stated in an interview with CNN:
“I wasn’t elected because of the color of my skin. I wasn’t elected because of my gender. I was elected because of the solutions that I put at the table because I promised I would run a positive issues-oriented campaign and that’s what resonated.”
Love’s family immigrated legally from Haiti, which was underscored in the candidate’s stump speech.
“They told me that when they finally became U.S. citizens, they had studied the Constitution, American history, they learned the English language. And when they pledged allegiance to the American flag for the first time, they meant every word of it and understood what they were saying.”
Allegedly, when Love’s father dropped her off at school he told her, “Mia, your mother and I never took a handout. You will not be a burden to society. You will give back.” Clearly she has followed her father’s instructions, as she attempts to make her mark on the face of the political world.
But not everyone’s going to be so happy to see that she will be joining the House of Representatives.
“I’m kind of a nightmare for the Democratic Party,” Love said earlier on the campaign trail, and we believe the pro-life, pro-gun Republican is telling the truth. “They don’t want me there. But I’m coming.”
Born of Haitian parents, Mia Love has broken two historical firsts by winning yesterday’s election, and becoming a member of Congress. Find out more…