|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Bart Gordon|
|Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 18th district
|Preceded by||Jo Ann Graves|
|Succeeded by||Kerry Roberts|
|Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 45th district
|Succeeded by||Debra Young Maggart|
January 16, 1951 |
|Spouse(s)||David Lee Black|
|Children||Jill Black Stoyshich
Katie Black Shiver
Real estate investor
|Religion||Lutheran – ELCA|
Diane Lynn Black (née Warren; born January 16, 1951) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district since 2011. The district includes several suburban and rural areas east of Nashville. She is a member of the Republican Party. Previously she was a member of the Tennessee Senate for the 18th district, which encompasses Robertson County and part of Sumner County. She was floor leader of the State Senate Republican Caucus.
Early life and education
Born in Baltimore, Maryland to Joseph and Audrey Warren, Black graduated from Andover High School in Linthicum, Maryland, in 1969. She became the first member of her family to earn a college degree  after graduating from Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland with an associate's degree in nursing. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1991 from Belmont University.
Black worked as a Registered Nurse until she ran for the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1998. Later she served as an educator at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. 
Before becoming a state senator in 2004, she had previously served as a state representative for six years from 1998. Black was the Assistant Floor Leader of the Senate Republican Caucus, a member of the Senate Government Operations Committee, and the Vice-Chair of the Senate General Welfare, Health and Human Resources Committee. She was elected the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus Chairman in 2006.
In May 2009, Black's legislative aide forwarded an email depicting a collage of United States Presidents. President Barack Obama's section of the collage was represented by a black square with two eyeballs. Black's reprimand of her aide was criticized as too lenient by two political blogs and Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Chip Forrester. Black said the email did not represent her views and that the reprimand of her aide was in keeping with the legislator's human resource policy for email guideline violations.
U.S. House of Representatives
In December, 2009, she became a candidate for Tennessee's 6th congressional district to succeed Bart Gordon, who did not run for reelection. Her biggest competition in the Republican primary came from former Rutherford County GOP chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik and State Senator Jim Tracy. On August 5, 2010, Black won the Republican primary with 31% of the vote, over Zelenik and Tracy, who earned 30% each. Brett Carter was nominated by the Democrats after well-known elected officials declined the candidacy, which resulted in CQ Politics rating this race as "Safe Republican". In the November election, Black won with 67 percent of the vote.
2012 to present
In the 2012 general election, Black was a surrogate for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Black made appearances for Romney in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and in various cable news interviews. Black has been a member of the following committees: Committee on the Budget, Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, Tea Party Caucus and the Republican Study Committee.
In October 2013, Black introduced the Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (H.R. 3393; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to consolidate several different education tax incentives into an expanded American Opportunity Tax Credit. The American Opportunity Tax Credit, under this legislation, would provide a maximum credit of $2,500.
Black has received endorsements from Governor Sarah Palin, The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Governor Mitt Romney, The National Rifle Association (NRA)  Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Former Congressman Allen West, Tennessee Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Black's net worth is "almost $29 million" which includes $8.5 million in real estate and her husband's stake in Aegis Sciences Corporation.
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- Sterling C. Beard. "Rep. Black’s healthcare prescription doesn’t include the government". TheHill.
- "Rep. Diane Black won't end push for more spending cuts". The Tennessean.
- Henderson, Nia-Malika; Kucinich, Jackie. "Diane Black (R-Tenn.)". The Washington Post.
- "About Diane". Diane Black for Congress. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- Practitioner Profile Data – Tennessee Department of Health
- "Biography". Diane Black for State Senate. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- "The GOP's Minority Outreach?". Politics Daily.
- "Racist And Ridiculous". newscoma.com.
- "Latest Republican Racist Email Features Hilarious Summary of 44 American Presidents". wonkette.com. 15 June 2009.
- "Forrester Demands Sen. Diane Black Fire Staffer Who Sent Racist Email". TNDP News.
- "Black says she followed HR rules on Senate staffer email – In Session". tennessean.com.
- Ostermeier, Eric (June 13, 2013). "Meet the Three House Women Who Go by “Congressman”". Smart Politics.
- "Diane Black Joins Race To Succeed Gordon In Congress". WTVF. Associated Press. December 18, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
- "Tennessee 6th District Race Profile – Election 2010". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-07.[dead link]
- McArdle, John (March 31, 2010). "Gordon’s Tennessee Seat All But Gone for Democrats". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
- ABC News. "Romney May Have Edge in Battle of The Spinners". ABC News Blogs.
- "Romney surrogate at GOP headquarters". readingeagle.com.
- Tom Humphrey. "Tennesseans head elsewhere for presidential campaigning". KNS.
- Video on YouTube
- Cohn, Michael (24 July 2014). "House Passes Student Tax Credit Simplification Bill". Accounting Today. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- "H.R. 3393 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Marcos, Cristina (24 July 2014). "House passess tax credit for college expenses". The Hill. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- [dead link]
- "NFIB Endorses Diane Black for Congress". National Federation of Independent Business.
- "Mitt Romney endorses Diane Black – In Session". tennessean.com.
- "NBA.com". nba.com.
- "RealClearPolitics – Politics – Jul 29, 2012 – Black, Zelenik battle for 6th District again". realclearpolitics.com.
- "2014 Endorsed Candidates". sba-list.org.
- "Diane Black announces Chamber endorsement – In Session". tennessean.com.
- "New Members Are Among Richest in Congress". Roll Call.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diane Black.|
- Congresswoman Diane Black official U.S. House site
- Diane Black for Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Diane Black at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Aegis Science Corporation – Science in Defense of Justice
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Tennessee's delegation(s) to the 112th–114th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority)|
|112th||Senate: L. Alexander • B. Corker||House: J. Duncan, Jr. • J. Cooper • M. Blackburn • S. Cohen • P. Roe • D. Black • S. DesJarlais • S. Fincher • C. Fleischmann|
|113th||Senate: L. Alexander • B. Corker||House: J. Duncan, Jr. • J. Cooper • M. Blackburn • S. Cohen • P. Roe • D. Black • S. DesJarlais • S. Fincher • C. Fleischmann|
|114th||Senate: L. Alexander • B. Corker||House: J. Duncan, Jr. • J. Cooper • M. Blackburn • S. Cohen • P. Roe • D. Black • S. DesJarlais • S. Fincher • C. Fleischmann|