Mia Love

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Mia Love
Mia Love by Gage Skidmore.jpg
U.S. House, Utah, District 4
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorJim Matheson (D)
Base salary$174,000/ year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hartford
Date of birthDecember 6, 1975
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionPublic servant
Office website
Campaign website
Mia Love campaign logo
Mia Love (b. December 6, 1975, in Brooklyn, New York) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Utah. Love represents Utah's 4th Congressional District. She was first elected on November 4, 2014.[1]

Love is the first black, female Republican to serve in Congress. In addition, "Love, fellow Rep.-elect Will Hurd (Texas) and Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) also are part of the largest black Republican class in Congress since the Reconstruction era," according to The Hill. There are 46 black lawmakers in the 114th Congress.[2]


Love was born in Brooklyn, New York, and then she moved to Connecticut where she graduated from the University of Hartford with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. She then moved to Saratoga Springs, Utah, where she ran for city council and served several terms. She was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs in 2009.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Love's professional and political career:


Campaign themes


Love's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Education: "As a mother with three children enrolled in public schools, education is extremely important to me. We need a strong educational system that will allow America to continue in its role as the world’s premier leader in scientific research and technological development. American families want better quality education, lower education costs, and more local control over decisions related to education."
  • Health Care: "When government gets too involved, the same thing always happens: prices go up and quality goes down. Obamacare, which is not affordable and not sustainable, is a classic example of this. Like most people, I want to see health care reform implemented—but not the reforms put into law under Obamacare."
  • Second Amendment: "Americans have a constitutional, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms. I believe the Second Amendment is essential to the preservation of our American way of life and that it guarantees the protection of all the other freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights."
  • Immigration and Border Security: "As the daughter of immigrant parents, I understand the importance of having a sound immigration and border security policy. Our nation has been enriched by the determination, energy, and diversity of immigrants who have come to America to make better lives for themselves and their families."
  • Taxes: "The federal tax code is too cumbersome and complex to navigate. Moreover, the federal government needs to reduce its spending rather than take more hard-earned money from American workers. That’s why I propose a simpler tax code, lower tax rates, and eliminating tax loopholes that pick winners and losers. "


—Mia Love's campaign website, http://love4utah.com/issues/


According to Love's website, her campaign themes included:

  • Government: "The federal government should not usurp local authority and control. Most government functions can be handled more efficiently and effectively on a local or state level."
  • Budget: "The federal government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Additional tax dollars should not be taken out of the hands of private citizens and businesses where they will be used more productively."
  • Responsibility: "Citizens should not expect the government to provide to them what they can provide for themselves. And no citizen, business, local government, or state should expect a bailout to shield them from the consequences of their own decisions."[6]



See also: Utah's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

On May 19, 2013, Love announced that she would run for election to the 4th Congressional District seat.[1] Mia Love won election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Utah on November 4, 2014.

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Love to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[7][8]

Election results

General election
U.S. House, Utah District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMia Love 50% 64,390
     Democratic Doug Owens 46.8% 60,165
     Libertarian Jim Vein 0.9% 1,154
     Independent Tim Aalders 1.4% 1,764
     Constitution Collin Robert Simonsen 0.9% 1,214
Total Votes 128,687
Source: Utah.gov
Convention results

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose Love as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election.[9]

After wining the nomination Love said, "I am honored to have their support. They really make this process awesome for me. This is my favorite part. Going on from here, we are going to work hard. We are not going to take anything for granted. I am going to go out and earn every vote and really amplify Utah’s voice."[10]


The Allen West Guardian Fund's endorsement of Love, "A Message From Mia Love."
  • Mitt Romney headlined a fundraiser for Love on October 6. He said, "I’m glad to be supporting Mia Love again and we are going to win this time. I’m convinced she’s not going to be just a congresswoman, she’s going to be a great congresswoman."[11]


Mia Love for Congress, "Get Away From My Truck (Healthcare/Obamacare)."

Mia Love for Congress, "The American Dream is fostered at our Kitchen Tables."

Mia Love for Congress, "That's the Experience We Need in Washington DC."

Mia Love for Congress, "Mitt Romney - We need Mia."

Mia Love for Congress, "Governor Gary Herbert Supports Mia Love for Congress."


General Election
Poll Mia Love Doug OwensTim AaldersCollin SimonsenJim VeinUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
October 7-9, 2014
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


See also: Utah's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Love ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Utah's 4th District. She defeated Stephen Sandstrom, Carl Wimmer, Jay Cobb and Kenneth Gray in the Republican convention.[12] She faced Jim Matheson (D), who won the race, and Jim Vein (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012. Love conceded the election to Matheson the day after the polls closed.[13]

According to Daily Kos, this race was one of nine top-ballot 2012 races that contained Libertarian candidates who received more total votes than was the difference between the Democratic winner and the GOP runner-up. In this case, Jim Vein took in over 3,000 more votes than the number that separated Matheson and Love.[14]

U.S. House, Utah District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Matheson Incumbent 48.8% 119,803
     Republican Mia B. Love 48.5% 119,035
     Libertarian Jim L. Vein 2.6% 6,439
Total Votes 245,277
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


  • Rep. Eric Cantor supported Love for Congress, noting that she would help build a better future in Washington, if she was elected.[15]


Jim Matheson V. Mia Love
Poll Jim Matheson Mia LoveMargin of ErrorSample Size
Mason-Dixon Polling & Research
(October 29-31, 2012)
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Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Love's reports.[16]

Mia Love (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$134,840.54$55,916.40$(43,857.53)$146,899.41
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$146,899.41$476,036.25$(167,395.24)$455,540.42
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$455,540.42$592,355.97$(376,054.13)$671,842.26
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$671,842$516,312$(472,037)$716,117
Pre-Convention[21]April 14, 2014$716,117.89$466,761.73$(550,909.62)$631,970.00
Running totals
  • During the second quarter of 2013, Love raised $475,000 for her 2014 campaign. During the same period, incumbent Jim Matheson raised $257,000. This was Love's first fundraising after announcing her candidacy.[22]


Breakdown of the source of Love's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Love lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Love's campaign committee raised a total of $2,505,284 and spent $2,370,444.[23]


Love is married and has three children.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Roll Call, "Mia Love Announces Utah Rematch," accessed May 21, 2013
  2. The Hill, "Most diverse Congress in history poised to take power," accessed January 9, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Love for Utah, "About Mia," accessed September 19, 2012
  4. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed March 31, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Love for Utah, "Issues," accessed September 19, 2012
  7. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar,’" accessed November 21, 2013
  8. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  9. St. George News, "Utah GOP Convention chooses returning candidates, runoffs; STGnews photo gallery," accessed April 30, 2014
  10. Salt Lake Tribune, "Mia Love clinches Republican nomination at Utah convention,” accessed April 30, 2014
  11. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Romney headlines rally, fundraiser for Mia Love," accessed October 20, 2014
  12. Utah Lieutenant Governor, "Candidate filings"
  13. Washington Post, "Republican Mia Love concedes to Democrat Jim Matheson in Utah," November 7, 2012
  14. Daily Kos, "Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats in at least nine elections," November 15, 2012
  15. The New York Times, "Utah mayor hopes star turn, and Romney’s star power, lift her to the house," October 30, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Love 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 26, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention," accessed May 9, 2014
  22. Herald Extra, "Mia Love raises $475K for Matheson rematch in 2014," July 16, 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Mia Love 2012 Election Cycle," accessed May 15, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Matheson
U.S. House of Representatives - Utah, District 4
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