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Mia Love Becomes Republican Party's First Black Congresswoman

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Republican Mia Love with supporters on election night in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 4, 2014. (Earl Gurlock/Landov)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Nov 2014 12:44 PM

Mia Love became the Republican Party's first black congresswoman after she defeated Democratic opponent Doug Owens in Utah, an important step for a party that's often accused of being overrepresented by white men.

Upon receiving the news of her big win in the state's 4th district, Love's staff erupted with joy, and pictures of her and her father embracing quickly went viral on Twitter and Facebook. Love also celebrated with her husband, Jason, and their kids, Alessa, Abigail, and Peyton.



"Tonight you have made history!" Love told supporters, taking the stand for a victory speech, The Washington Post reported. "Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black Republican LDS [Latter-day Saint] woman to Congress. Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!"

"Let this be a lesson to the nation that we’re not interested in dividing Americans based on gender, race, social status. We are more interested in the integrity and honesty of a candidate, someone who is going to return power back to the people and away from Washington."

As the daughter of Haitian immigrants, Love not only became the first black female to be elected to a house seat as a Republican, she also becomes the first Haitian-American to ever be elected to the House — female or male.

Love's parents, who fled Haiti in 1976 to escape dictator Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, originally emigrated to Brooklyn, where Ludmya "Mia" Bourdeau was born. The family soon moved to Connecticut, and she eventually met Jason Love while he was on his Mormon mission there.

On Wednesday, Love was invited for an on-air interview on CNN, where she reiterated her policies that aim to take power out of the hands of Washington bureaucrats, and put it back in the hands of the people. When the anchors tried to ask her about the role her skin colored played in the race, she explained that it was the content of her character that got her elected, not the color of her skin.

"This has nothing do with race," Love said. "Understand that Utahans have made a statement that they’re not interested in dividing Americans based on race or gender, that they want to make sure that they are electing people who are honest and who have integrity . . . That’s really what made history here. Race, gender, had nothing to do with it."

Love is the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and rose to national prominence after giving a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention in Florida in September 2012. There, she spoke of the hard work of her parents that made her family a success.



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