(Aug. 1, 2017) — Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, who represents Utah’s 4th
congressional district, has taken on a new leadership role as a co-chair of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC). Love replaces Rep. Jason Chaffetz, formerly a DSC co-chair, who retired from the House of Representatives this summer.
The DSC is a bipartisan congressional group of legislators who promote discussions among lawmakers about the benefits of dietary supplements, provide tips and insights for better health and wellness, and promote research about the health care cost savings these products provide. In her new role, Rep. Love joins Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M.,
|Rep. Mia Love
“I’m excited to begin work on behalf of the more 68 percent of Americans, who take dietary supplements every year, ” Love said. “The industry is also a crucial part of Utah’s economy. Not only do dietary supplement companies provide jobs and opportunities in my state, they give consumers the opportunity to make educated choices to fill critical nutrient gaps and achieve better health.”
Love is the former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and is known as a tireless advocate of the need for personal accountability. She currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee and on the Monetary Policy and Trade, Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and the Terrorism and Illicit Financing Subcommittees.
Established in 2006 and with 32 members of Congress as members, the DSC sponsors regularly scheduled luncheon briefings on Capitol Hill for members of Congress, their staffers, the media and the public.
Rep. Love’s ascension to co-chair of the DSC drew praise from the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), a Salt Lake City-based trade association that represents more than 100 companies engaged in the dietary supplement industry, including nearly 20 companies that are headquartered in or have a significant presence in Utah.
“UNPA is gratified that Rep. Love is taking on this important new role and continuing the leadership and advocacy that Utah legislators have pioneered with the DSC,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “We look forward to working with her to help grow the $41 billion national dietary supplement industry, which includes more than $13 billion in supplement business activity in Utah. The dietary supplement industry is a positive and powerful economic engine that creates thousands of jobs in Utah and around the world, while helping Americans support their healthy lifestyles.”