Mia Love (pictured with braids) made history during Tuesday’s midterm elections, when she won Utah’s 4th District and becoming the first black female Republican elected to the U.S. Congress, according to USA Today.
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The former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, finished with 64,390 votes to 60,165 votes for Democrat Doug Owens, a Salt Lake City attorney and son of the late-U.S. Rep. Wayne Owens, the report says. Both were competing to replace longtime Democrat Rep. Jim Matheson who decided not to run for another term.
Love, who narrowly lost two years ago when she ran against Matheson, joins her state’s three other Republican incumbent U.S. representatives — Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart — who sailed to victory over their Democratic opponents.
She was backed by Republicans across the country and gathered a large lead in campaign contributions, receiving about $155,000 from outside groups besides the millions she raised.
From the views she espoused on the campaign trail, we can guess which issues will be on the top of Love’s list when she arrives in office, including a push for more decisions to be made at the local level instead of in Washington, D.C.