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Birthdate: Dec. 6, 1975
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Residence: Saratoga Springs, UT
Mia Love was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Haitian immigrants who came to the United States with little money and a belief in the American dream. She currently resides in Saratoga Springs, Utah. She received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Hartford.
Love briefly worked as a flight attendant at Continental Airlines before joining Sento Corp., an Orem, Utah-based call center company. She also was as product marketing director for Ecopass Corp., a company that made voice over Internet protocol software.
Love was elected to the Saratoga Springs City Council in 2003, serving until she became the mayor of Saratoga Springs in 2010.
Love and her husband, Jason, who met while he was a Mormon missionary in Connecticut, have three children.
Mia Love mixes up the usual political and religious stereotypes. She's black, Mormon and conservative. A daughter of Haitian immigrants, in 2010 she became the first black woman mayor in Utah, taking office in Saratoga Springs, a booming new town of 18,000 about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Love would become the first black Republican woman in Congress if she defeats Rep. Jim Matheson in the November 2012 election for Utah's 4th Congressional District seat. Matheson himself defies a Utah stereotype as the state's only Democrat in Congress.
Love quickly became a darling of the tea party and conservative Republicans with her outspoken agenda of fiscal discipline, limited government and personal responsibility.
She scored a coveted speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in August 2012.
Love's congressional fundraising has been helped by a number of national Republican figures _ former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and House Speaker John Boehner have each made appearances in Utah for her campaign. She also has been endorsed by family members of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a fellow Mormon who ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.
Love raised nearly $500,000 for her campaign and had about half as much in the bank as of June 30, according to opensecrets.org. Matheson had $1.2 million in his war chest.
Source: Associated Press
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