Norwalk High grad makes political history in Utah

Mia Love
Mia Love

NORWALK Conn. – A woman with roots that run through Norwalk made history Tuesday as the first black Republican woman elected to Congress.

Mia Love, 38, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1993 Norwalk High School graduate according to Susan Wallerstein, is also the first Haitian-American to be elected to Congress. Love will represent Utah’s 4th Congressional District after winning with 50.04 percent of the vote.

According to online sources, her parents, Jean Maxine Bourdeau and Mary Bourdeau, fled the Tonton Macoute, the secret police in Haiti, on a tourist visa in 1975. Ludmya Bourdeau – Mia – was born shortly thereafter.

When Love was 5, the family moved from New York to South Norwalk. She would eventually graduate from Norwalk, meet her future husband, Jason Love, who was in Fairfield County as a Mormon missionary, and attend University of Hartford as a performing arts major.

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14 responses to “Norwalk High grad makes political history in Utah”

  1. Casey Smith

    Go, Mia!!!

  2. Eloisa Melendez

    So cool!

  3. LWitherspoon

    Congratulations to Mia Love. I hope Rep. Love will return to Norwalk and speak at Norwalk High someday. Does she have family in the area?

  4. NoirwalkVoter

    Very conservative. Promises to abolish the department of education, anti-choice, pro-gun.

  5. A great American story. We’ll see if we can snag her for a talk sometime.

  6. Glenn Iannaccone

    Congratulations Mia. Someday she”ll be on the Norwalk High Wall of Honor. The last graduate to be elected to Congress was Brien McMahon and he is on the wall already.

  7. srb1228

    Fantastic. Ironically,she’s a Republican and I’d bet $ for donuts most of the negativity towards the Norwalk school system on this website comes from Republicans

  8. Casey Smith

    @ SRB –

    Oh, wow! I had absolutely NO idea that John, Alvin and Shirley Mosby were Republicans!!!! None at all!!!! Will wonders never cease!

  9. Nancy

    What an American treasure and a win for Norwalk Public Schools

  10. Ziggy Stardust

    You have got to be kidding!?!?

    I guess your democratic party’s penchant for attempting to paint the republicans as anti women with the so-called “war on women” and overplayed race card tactics were severely blown out of the water on Tuesday night. Big republican gains came with a great republican diverse group of the newly elected representatives.

    Congratulations Mia! We are all very proud of you!

  11. Bill

    Who wants to bet she used plenty of south Norwalk programs and obviously attended public schools, but now she wants to cut social services and voucherize schools…typical republican hypocrite

  12. Scopeonnorwalk

    Norwalk couldn’t have been too good to her, she doesn’t even mention it or the schools in her Bio.

    She did one smart thing, got out of Norwalk and CT to excel.

  13. Scopeonnorwalk

    Not to mention she was already Mayor and no one from this City has previously chose to recognize her….

    She better be careful, the City of Norwalk might want to ride her fame, offer her a street sign, then 20 years later try to take it back for some stupid reason.

  14. Dismas

    Lets just appreciate the fact that a local person grew into the kind of person she is. No matter her party, she is making a difference with the values that were learned in Norwalk. We only hear when our stars have fallen, this one is flying higher.

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