Mia Love

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Mia Love
Mia Love by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Love in March 2013
3rd Mayor of Saratoga Springs
In office
January 8, 2010 – January 8, 2014
Preceded by Timothy Parker
Succeeded by Jim Miller
Personal details
Born Ludmya Bourdeau
(1975-12-06) December 6, 1975 (age 38)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jason Love
Children 3
Alma mater University of Hartford
Profession Politician
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) (prev. Roman Catholic)

Ludmya Bourdeau "Mia" Love (born December 6, 1975) is an American politician, and the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and was the 2012 and is the 2014 Republican Party nominee for the United States House of Representatives in Utah's 4th congressional district. In 2012 she ran on a fiscally conservative platform of limited government, and placed a heavy emphasis on personal responsibility during her campaign. She lost to six-term incumbent Jim Matheson by 768 votes out of 245,277 votes cast. She was also a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

On May 18, 2013, Love said that she would run again in 2014.[1] If elected, she would be the first Haitian American and first black[2][3] female Republican ever elected to Congress, as well as the first from the state of Utah. Love won the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional district at the April 26th, 2014 Utah Republican convention.

Early life and education[edit]

Love was born Ludmya Bourdeau on December 6, 1975, to Mary and Jean Maxine Bourdeau in Brooklyn, New York.[4] Both of her parents emigrated from Haiti in 1973,[5] leaving their two children behind.[citation needed]

According to Love, her birth occurred just before an immigration law would expire in 1976.[6][7] Her father had been threatened by the Tonton Macoute, the secret police in Haiti, and came to the United States on a tourist visa.[8] After the family moved to Connecticut, her parents brought her older siblings from Haiti.[9][10]

Love graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in the performing arts. While at the University of Hartford she was part of the Hartt School's Music Theatre program.[8] She worked at Sento Corp. and the Ecopass Corporation.[11] She was also a flight attendant with Continental Airlines.[6][12]


In 1998 after graduating from college Mia Love joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had been a Roman Catholic until that point.[13] As part of her job as a flight attendant she moved to Utah to be closer to the temple and to learn more about her faith.[8] Upon moving to Utah she got an apartment with a Utah woman she had known as a nanny in Connecticut. Mia contacted Craig Smith, a missionary she had known in Connecticut for help moving in. Smith referred her to Jason Love, whom she had met briefly when he was an LDS missionary in Connecticut. Jason helped Mia move in and they went on their first date (to a shooting range) in September. Mia and Jason were married in December, 1998. Mia turned down an offer to appear in the Broadway show "Smokey Joe's Café" that started two days before her marriage.[8][14] They have three children.

Love's served as the community spokesperson in an effort to get the developer of her neighborhood in Saratoga Springs to spray against flies.[8]

Saratoga Springs government[edit]

City Council[edit]

Love won a seat on the Saratoga Springs City Council in 2003, becoming the first female Haitian-American elected official in Utah County, Utah; she took office in January 2004.[15] After six years on the Council she was elected Mayor[16] winning with 861 votes to 594 for her opponent Jeff Francom.[17]


Love served as Mayor of Saratoga Springs from January 2010 - December 2013.[18] Love was part of the city council that approved a transition from the agriculture tax to municipal tax. She also worked with other city council members to cut expenses, reducing the city’s shortfall during the economic downturn from $3.5 million to $779,000. Saratoga Springs now has the highest possible bond rating for a city of its size.[19]

Also during her time as mayor Love led the city through natural disasters of a wild fire and a mudslide shortly later.[20]

2012 congressional election[edit]

Love ran in Utah's 4th congressional district, which was created after the 2010 Census.[21][22] She competed for the Republican nomination against attorney Jay Cobb and State Reps. Stephen Sandstrom of Orem and Carl Wimmer of Herriman; she won the nomination on April 21, 2012 at the 2012 Utah Republican Party Convention with over 70 percent of the vote and faced six-term Democrat Jim Matheson in the general election.

Nationally, Love received campaign support from Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, his wife Ann Romney, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, and Speaker of the House John Boehner.[23][24]

In August 2012, National Journal named Love one of "Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter".[25]

Love was a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012. She spoke of the lessons she learned from her parents.[26]

In September 2012, Forbes investigated a claim by a September 2012 article by Mother Jones that Love's parents could not be citizens of the US. After Forbes investigated the Mother Jones claim, Mother Jones retracted the article.[4][27][28] In an October interview, her father stated that Mia's birth as a US citizen was key to gaining permanent legal status and citizenship.[8]

Love lost the election to Jim Matheson by 768 votes out of 245,277 votes cast,[29] a difference of 0.31%.

2012 election results for Utah's 4th congressional district[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Matheson (incumbent) 119,803 48.84%
Republican Mia B. Love 119,035 48.53%
Libertarian Jim L. Vein 6,439 2.63%
Totals 245,277 100.0%
Democratic hold

2014 congressional election[edit]

In March 2013, Love stated that she was seriously considering another run against Matheson.[31] In May 2013 she announced she would run in 2014.[32] As of July 2013, Love had raised over $475,000 for her campaign.[33]

Love was an opening speaker at the 2013 Western Conservative Summit. She spoke on the need for increased grassroots organization in the GOP, and the need to be independent from the government.[34]

In August 2013, Love was chosen by Newsmax as an "Up and Comer" in their list of top "25 Influential Women of the GOP"[35] In November 2013, Love acknowledged the growing consensus that the Tea Party needed to shift away from being the "party of no"[36] while still supporting the philosophy of the Tea Party and many of its leaders, including fellow Utahn Sen. Mike Lee.[37]

On December 17, 2013, Matheson announced that he would not run for reelection, leading Love to be the favored candidate to win in the upcoming election. In early October of 2014, the National Journal listed Utah's 4th district as the number one most likely district to change hands in November.[38]

In early 2014 Love was made a member of the Republican National Committee's National Advisory Council on African-American outreach.[39]

On April 26, 2014 Love won the Republican nomination for the 4th congressional district at the Utah Republican Convention, with 78% of the vote at the convention.[40]

Political positions[edit]

Love favors "fiscal discipline, limited government, and personal responsibility."[41] She has also said that she asks herself three questions whenever she approaches an issue, "Is it affordable? Is it sustainable? Is it my job?"[42] She has advocated for reducing federal aid to students and allowing loan rates to be set by the free market.

At her college orientation Love’s father told her, "Mia, your mother and I never took a handout. You will not be a burden to society. You will give back." She underscored this philosophy on the campaign trail to sum up her conservative views.[43]

Love is pro-life and has been endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List.[44] She supports domestic energy exploration, local control of education, Second Amendment rights, and state control of public lands.[45]

She has said that if elected to Congress, she would “join the Congressional Black Caucus and try to take that thing apart from the inside out” and has described the Democrat-dominated Caucus as characterized by “...demagoguery. They sit there and ignite emotions and ignite racism when there isn’t. They use their positions to instill fear. Hope and change is turned into fear and blame. Fear that everybody is going to lose everything and blaming Congress for everything instead of taking responsibility."[46]


  1. ^ Roche, Lisa Riley (May 20, 2013). "Mia Love announces she's officially running against Matheson — again". Deseret News. 
  2. ^ "Utah's Mia Love Battles Stereotypes". Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rising GOP star Mia Love glides into the spotlight at convention". Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Mencimer, Stephanie (September 24, 2012). "GOP Rising Star Mia Love: "Anchor Baby"?". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/04/mia-love-asks-how-far-away-are-we-from-losing-the-american-dream/
  6. ^ a b Benson, Lee (January 17, 2011). "About Utah: King's dream certainly thrives along the shores of Utah Lake". Deseret News. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. "There was an immigration law in place, however, that would grant the entire family citizenship if Jean Maxine and Mary had a baby in America. But there was a deadline. The law was set to expire on Jan. 1, 1976. On Dec. 6, 1975, with 25 days to spare, Mia was born in a Brooklyn hospital." 
  7. ^ Hesterman, Billy (January 6, 2012). "Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love Officially Enters Congressional Race". Provo Daily Herald. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Robert Gehrke and Matt Canham, "Mia Love: From Dream of Broadway to Capitol Hill", in Salt Lake Tribune Oct. 8, 2012
  9. ^ Dougherty, Joseph M. (January 15, 2010). "Mayor Mia Love honors Martin Luther King Jr. in speech". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Rising GOP star Mia Love glides into the spotlight at convention". Fox News. August 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  11. ^ "Saratoga Springs official website". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Haddock, "Political Novice Lovin' it", Deseret News, Sep. 27, 2004
  13. ^ Tio articl on Love
  14. ^ John Fund (2012-04-22). "Daughter of Haitian Immigrants is GOP Congressional Nominee in Utah". National Review. 
  15. ^ Haddock, Sharon (September 27, 2004). "Political Novice Lovin' it". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  16. ^ Levinson, Alexis. “Aspiring first black GOP congresswoman: Don’t put me in a box”, “The Daily Caller,” January 14, 2012
  17. ^ Donald W. Myers "Mia Love: Race not a factor for Utah's first black female mayor-elect", Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 9, 2009
  18. ^ Saratoga Springs, Utah
  19. ^ Rolly, Paul. “Mia Love causing a GOP stir nationally”, “The Salt Lake Tribune,” November 19, 2011
  20. ^ Daily Herald, Dec. 26, 2013
  21. ^ Gehrke, Robert. [ “Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love to kick off campaign”], “The Salt Lake Tribune,” January 4, 2012
  22. ^ Saulny, Susan (May 22, 2012). "Black Mormons and the Politics of Identity". The New York Times. 
  23. ^ Canham, Matt (February 1, 2012). "Chaffetz helps Love with Washington introductions, but says he won’t endorse". The Salt Lake Tribune. 
  24. ^ Gehrke, Robert (2012-08-01). "Love getting boost from national GOP stars". The Salt Lake Tribune. 
  25. ^ Mazmanian, Adam (August 27, 2012). "Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter". National Journal. 
  26. ^ "Comments about ‘'Revive' America, Utah congressional candidate Mia Love tells RNC, draws rousing cheers’". Deseret News. AP. August 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  27. ^ Stuart Anderson (Sep 28, 2012). "Mia Love May Be Right About Her Family's Immigration History". Forbes. 
  28. ^ Gehrke, Robert (Sep 24, 2012). "Love’s story of immigrant parents called into question". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  29. ^ Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office, General Canvass Report, 2012
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  31. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/17/gop-mayor-mia-love-thinking-about-another-run-cong/
  32. ^ Mitch Shaw, "Mia Love tells Weber GOP women she's running in 2014", Ogden Standard examiner, May 7, 2013
  33. ^ Joseph, Cameron (2013-07-15). "Mia Love raises $475K for House rematch". Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  34. ^ Patane, Matthew (2013-07-27). "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker opens Western Conservative Summit". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  35. ^ Patten, David A. (August 2013). "25 Influential Women of the GOP". Newsmax Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  36. ^ Lisa Riley Roche, "Mia Love says I Don't Believe in Labels", Deseret News, Nov. 13, 2013
  37. ^ Hallowell, Billy A. (2013-11-27). "Conservative Star Mia Love Denies Report That She Rejects the ‘Tea Party’ Label — and Clarifies Her Stance". The Blaze. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  38. ^ http://www.nationaljournal.com/hotline/latest-edition/the-hotline-s-house-race-rankings-the-30-districts-most-likely-to-change-hands-in-november-20141008
  39. ^ March 6, 2014 Florida Courier
  40. ^ Breitbart article on Love's win at the convention
  41. ^ Aspiring first black GOP congresswoman: Don’t put me in a box, Daily Caller, January 14, 2012
  42. ^ Mia Love breaks the GOP mold, LA Times, May 29, 2012
  43. ^ "Mia Love campaign website". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  44. ^ "Mia Love – Utah's 4th District". Sba-list.org. 
  45. ^ "Mia Love campaign website issues page". Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  46. ^ Romboy, Dennis. “Love would 'take apart' Congressional Black Caucus if elected in Utah's 4th District”, “Deseret News,” January 5, 2012

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