Mia Love has made history as the first black Republican woman to be elected to Congress.
Love is a converted Mormon and the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah who campaigned hard for the seat, saying in 2012 that she was elected mayor because the belief system had changed a bit in Utah.
“…People care more about what happens in their lives, what happens in their back pockets, than they care about the color of someone’s skin,” she said.
Love is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and the subject of her race and party have been much discussed over the years, but during her celebration on Tuesday night, all that mattered was that the topic had been given a new life.
“Tonight you have made history! Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black Republican LDS (Latter Day Saint) woman to Congress. Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!” she told her supporters.
Love likened her campaign to that of a familiar story, saying she has always been interested in the little guy going after a big challenge and succeeding.
“I love the story of David and Goliath, because in that story, David turns toward Goliath … toward a seemingly impossible challenge. That’s the type of confidence we need to have as we take on the Goliaths of our debt, out-of-control spending, Obamacare and that Godzilla we call the federal government.”