As the first black female Republican and first Haitian-American elected to Congress from Utah, which is only about 1 percent black, Mia Love’s ceiling-breaking streak has already started.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Haitian immigrants, Love began her career serving on the city council of Saratoga Springs, Utah, before becoming its mayor in 2010. In that role, she helped the city transition from being an agricultural community to a residential one while its population grew by 1,700 percent over the course of a decade.
Since she became a congresswoman in 2014, she has worked to limit federal government control, pushing for local governance of issues like education, health care and small-business regulation.
Love is now 40 years old — a reasonable, if slightly young, age to begin considering a presidential run. She has criticized President Barack Obama’s policies, endorsing fellow Mormon Mitt Romney during his presidential run in 2012.
A Second Amendment defender and pro-lifer, she is something of a poster child for diversity within the Republican Party.
“She’s young and it’s going to take her a little time to hone her skills and her handling of big significant issues,” GOP strategist Packer said, but noted, “I expect big things from her.”