Black Republicans Mia Love and Tim Scott make history
Mia Love made history by becoming the GOP’s first black female in Congress last night when she won Utah’s 4th House district. Tim Scott did too, by becoming the south’s first black Senator since Reconstruction.
“Tonight you have made history!” Utah’s Mia Love told supporters after winning the state’s 4th House district. “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!”
Love, 38, who also will be the first Haitian-American to serve in the Capitol, was surrounded by her husband, Jason, and their kids: Alessa, 14; Abigail, 11; and Peyton, 7.
Tim Scott, who will represent South Carolina at the nation’s capitol, was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to the officer after former Sen. Jim DeMint resigned in November 2012.
The election was only to fill the last two years of DeMint’s term. Scott will have to run again in 2016 to earn a full six-year term.
Scott’s win also made him the first African-American in history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.
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