America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican.
Our Member of the Week is Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah’s 4th District.
The daughter of immigrants, her election in 2014 marked a number of firsts in Congress – she was the first African American female Republican, the first Haitian American, and the first African American from Utah.
Before the trailblazer came to Capitol Hill, she worked in marketing, traveled the world as a flight attendant, and served on the Saratoga Springs City Council, later being elected the city’s mayor.
1.) What inspired you to run for Congress?
I saw an opportunity to serve the people of Utah and the nation in a time of division and economic hardship, affecting millions of people. I feel uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between the haves and have nots, and attack issues of poverty, access to quality education, and allowing people to be as exceptional or as ordinary as they choose.
2.) What was your dream job growing up?
I wanted to be a Broadway singer and actress.
3. ) What is your favorite thing about life on Capitol Hill?
I have developed wonderful relationships with people from both parties on Capitol Hill. I have lasting friendships with people from the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as other freshman members in the Republican caucus. I’ve especially developed a strong bond with other freshman members from across the nation.
4. ) Do you have any hidden talents?
I love to sing, and I love to cook. My mom taught me well in the kitchen. I am first and foremost a mom. I’m proud to say that my family is the most important part of my life, and I’d like to think I’m doing a good job of balancing work and family life.
5. ) What is the last book you read that you simply could not put down until you finished?
‘David And Goliath’, author Malcom Gladwell’s book about underdogs.
6. ) Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My parents. They inspired me to work hard, and to care about others. Their selfless story of coming to American from Haiti is an inspiration to all those who hear it. They started with no money, often worked multiple jobs, and made my brother, sister and I feel like we were loved. They are amazing people.
7. ) When did you know you were a Republican?
I was raised with conservative values, and that formed my political beliefs from a young age. When I moved to Utah, I found people who believed the same things I did in many aspects, but especially politically.
8. )What is the most important–but under-reported—policy issue you work on?
I am passionate about education. I am sponsoring two bills that will make higher education more affordable, and bring free market principals to the system. The bills also arm a prospective student with the likely benefits and value of a prospective college or university, so they can make a more informed choice about their education path.
9.) What would be your dream vacation spot?
Any place warm, with a beach.
10. ) If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Either Sushi or Thai food.