Mia Love

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Mia Love
Mia Love by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Utah, District 4
Prior offices
Saratoga Springs Mayor
Bachelor'sUniversity of Hartford
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York
ProfessionPublic Servant
Campaign website
Mia Love was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 4th Congressional District of Utah. She has announced that she will seek a re-match against Democrat Jim Matheson for the the 4th Congressional District of Utah in 2014.[1]


Love was born in Brooklyn, New York then moved to Connecticut where she graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelors degree in fine arts. She then moved to Saratoga Springs, Utah where she ran for city council and served several terms. She then ran for city mayor in 2009, a position she still holds.[2]


Campaign themes

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."[3]



See also: Utah's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

On May 19, 2013 Love announced she will run against Democrat Jim Matheson for the 4th Congressional District seat.[1]


See also: Utah's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Love ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Utah's 4th District. She defeated Stephen Sandstrom, Carl Wimmer, Jay Cobb, and Kenneth Gray in the Republican convention.[4] 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.[5]

According to the website 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.[6]

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"



Jim Matheson V. Mia Love
Poll Jim Matheson Mia LoveMargin of ErrorSample Size
Mason-Dixon Polling & Research
(October 29-31, 2012)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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.

Campaign donors


During the second quarter of 2013, Love had raised $475,000 for her 2014 campaign. During the same period, incumbent Jim Matheson had raised $257,000. This was Love's first fundraising report since announcing her candidacy. [7]


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.[8]


Representative Eric Cantor has given his support behind Love for Congress, noting that she could help build a better future in Washington if she is elected to office.[9]


Love is married and has three children.[2]

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