(1975 – )
“My parents always told me, in order for people to see you as an equal, you need to act as an equal and be an equal, not make excuses for what you look like.”
Congresswoman Mia Love, the U.S. Representative from Utah’s 4th Congressional District, became the first black Republican woman and the first Haitian-American to be elected to Congress in 2014.
Born Ludmya Bourdeau in Brooklyn, New York to Haitian immigrant parents, Congresswoman Love was raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in fine arts in 1997. In Connecticut, she met Mormon missionary Jason Love, whom she married after joining the Mormon Church.
The family settled in Saratoga Springs, Utah, where Love successfully ran for Saratoga Springs City Council in 2003, making her the first Haitian-American to win an election in Utah County, Utah. Six years later, she was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs.
In 2012, Love ran for a seat in Congress representing Utah’s 4th Congressional District. After overwhelmingly capturing the Republican nomination, she was thrust into the national spotlight. Though Love lost her bid for the Congressional seat in a close race with the Democratic incumbent, she ran again in 2014, and won in an open race.