(Mike Segar/Reuters)

Republican Mia Love, the small town mayor from Utah who catapulted onto the national scene with a House campaign that fell just short in 2012, will address next month's Conservative Political Action Conference, the American Conservative Union announced Thursday.

“In honor of our 40th anniversary, we are highlighting a series of young leaders who were born around the time or after the first CPAC was held," ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. The ACU hosts the annual conservative confab in Washington, D.C.

Love, the 37-year-old mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and daughter of Haitian immigrants, lost a close race in November to conservative Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson (Utah). Had she won, Love would have become the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. She hasn't closed the door on the prospects of a future congressional bid.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) was also among the "young conservatives" the ACU announced will attend CPAC. The former MTV "Real World" star and his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, will host a "'Real World' conversation about current events," the ACU said.