Reports Sandra Sobieraj Westfall:
Once a fine arts major who dreamed of a musical theater career, Love, 39, gave up that path when her 1998 wedding date conflicted with a Broadway audition.
After that she became a flight attendant, a call-center manager, and a fitness instructor before finding her calling in politics when an insect infestation in her community motivated her to organize – successfully – against a home developer.
After six years on her city council, and one term as mayor of her small Utah town, Love finds herself headed to Washington, and into the history books for changing the face of the Republican party.
But making history, she says, "wasn't important to me – it's certainly not why I ran. I wasn't elected because I'm female or because I'm a certain color. We wanted to make sure we were focusing on issues."