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Utah's incoming member of Congress, Mia Love, will hold a seat on the committee that oversees the Treasury and the Federal Reserve when she joins the House of Representatives in January.

Love, who was elected to Utah's 4th Congressional District seat in November, said she was honored to accept the assignment.

"The important work done by this committee over the next two years will have a direct impact on ensuring that our nation's economy continues to improve," she said in a statement. "For me, this mission begins with clearing away harmful regulatory burdens that keep our businesses from creating jobs and getting Utahns back to work."

As a candidate, Love was regularly asked what committee she would like to have a seat on. Financial Services wasn't at the top of her list. Rather, she said she wanted a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is where Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, has served. Love is replacing Matheson, who declined to run for re-election.

Energy and Commerce has the most expansive jurisdiction in the House, covering health care, energy and interstate commerce, a catchall that allows its members to hold hearings on everything from steroids in sports to net neutrality.

Before her narrow victory over Democrat Doug Owens, Love said she would go "gung-ho for Energy and Commerce and I probably have the best chance of any freshman in getting that committee."

Love pushed hard for a seat on that committee, but House Republican leaders decided against adding any freshmen. Love received her second choice. Now that she has accepted this assignment, it is highly unlikely that she would get on another high-profile committee.

Financial Services has recently held hearings on the terrorist financing of the Islamic State and an overview of the credit-reporting system, and its jurisdiction includes banking, insurance and public housing.

Love rarely talked about these issues during her congressional campaign that tended to focus on education, health care and the budget, though she did regularly discuss reducing federal regulations on businesses.

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