Diane Black

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Diane Black
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Chair of the House Budget Committee
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 11, 2018
Acting: January 3, 2017 – February 16, 2017
Preceded by Tom Price
Succeeded by Steve Womack
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Bart Gordon
Member of the Tennessee Senate
from the 18th district
In office
Preceded by Jo Ann Graves
Succeeded by Kerry Roberts
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
Preceded by Randy Stamps
Succeeded by Debra Maggart
Personal details
Born Diane Lynn Warren
(1951-01-16) January 16, 1951 (age 67)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) David Black
Children 3
Website black.house.gov

Diane Lynn Black (née Warren; January 16, 1951) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 6th congressional district since 2011. The district includes several suburban and rural areas east of Nashville. A Republican, she was previously elected to the Tennessee Senate, serving as floor leader of the Republican Caucus. She is a candidate in the 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial election.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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 [2] 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.[3][4]


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[5][6] in Gallatin, Tennessee.[7]

Tennessee legislature[edit]

Before becoming a state senator in 2004, she had previously served as a state representative for six years from 1998. Prior to her election as a Republican state representative, Black had voted in two Democratic primaries in 1996.[8] Black was the Assistant Floor Leader of the Senate Republican Caucus, a member of the Senate Government Operations Committee, and the Vice-Chairwoman of the Senate General Welfare, Health and Human Resources Committee. She was elected the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus Chairwoman in 2006.[5]

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.[9] Black's reprimand of her aide was criticized as too lenient by two political blogs[10] and Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Chip Forrester.[11] 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.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Black is one of two female U.S. Representatives in Congress who prefer the title "congressman"; the other is Republican Marsha Blackburn, also of Tennessee.[13]

2010 election[edit]

In December, 2009, she became a candidate for Tennessee's 6th congressional district to succeed Bart Gordon, who did not run for reelection.[14] 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.[15] Brett Carter won the Democratic nomination after well-known elected officials declined the candidacy, leading most Democratic observers to write off the seat as a Republican pickup. CQ Politics rating this race as "Safe Republican".[16] In the November election, Black won with 67 percent of the vote.[17]

2012 to present[edit]

In the 2012 general election, Black was a surrogate for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.[18] Black made appearances for Romney in Pennsylvania,[19] Wisconsin,[20] and in various cable news interviews.[21] 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.[22][23] The American Opportunity Tax Credit, under this legislation, would provide a maximum credit of $2,500.[24]

Black has received endorsements from Governor Sarah Palin,[25] The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB),[26] Governor Mitt Romney,[27] Congresswoman Michele Bachmann,[28] former Congressman Allen West,[28] Tennessee Right to Life,[29] Susan B. Anthony List,[30] and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.[31]

In October 2015, Black was named to serve on the Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood.[32]

2018 gubernatorial run[edit]

On August 2, 2017, Black announced her intention to run for Governor of Tennessee in the 2018 election.[33] In March 2018, the Tennessean reported that Black had missed over 50 votes in the U.S. House, the most out of any member of the Tennessee delegation. The newspaper noted that it is typical for members of Congress running for a higher office to miss votes, but that some votes were on major pieces of legislation, including: reopening the government following the 2018 shutdown and fund the U.S. military.[34]

Political stances[edit]

National security[edit]

Black supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. She stated that “We should insist upon the most careful and cautious vetting possible for refugees from failed states and hostile nations and I commend the President for taking this duty seriously after the failures of the Obama administration.”[35]

Environmental Protection Agency[edit]

Black often advocated against the Obama Administration's EPA rules.[36] She also supported the Trump Administration's repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.[37]

Black championed a loophole which allowed one trucking company (Fitzgerald) to skirt emissions rules, allowing the firm to produce trucks that emit 40 to 55 times the air pollutants of other new trucks.[38][39] When the Obama administration sought to close the loophole, Black introduced legislation in 2015 to protect the loophole; the bill failed.[38] She later appealed to the Trump administration's EPA head, Scott Pruitt, to protect the loophole, which he did.[38] Individuals and entities related to the Fitzgerald trucking company have donated $225,000 to Black's 2018 campaign for Tennessee Governor; 12% of the total money from outside sources in her campaign.[38] In September 2017, Fitzgerald hired its first federal lobbyist; it was a former aide to Black.[38]

School shootings causation[edit]

In May 2018, Black said that pornography was "a big part of the root cause" of school shootings.[40] She also said that school shootings were rising due to the “deterioration of the family,” mental illness and violent movies.[41][42]

Personal life[edit]

Black has over 115 assets held by her and her husband, David Black. They were valued between $32 million and $146.9 million.That compares with their 2012 range of $34.4 million to $142.19 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a watchdog group. [43]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Campaign contributions". OpenSecrets.org. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ Sterling C. Beard. "Rep. Black's healthcare prescription doesn't include the government". TheHill. 
  3. ^ "Rep. Diane Black won't end push for more spending cuts". The Tennessean. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Nia-Malika; Kucinich, Jackie. "Diane Black (R-Tenn.)". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ a b "About Diane". Diane Black for Congress. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  6. ^ Practitioner Profile Data – Tennessee Department of Health Archived 2015-02-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Biography". Diane Black for State Senate. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  8. ^ "What the voting records reveal about Tennessee's candidates for governor". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-07-02. 
  9. ^ "The GOP's Minority Outreach?". Politics Daily. 
  10. ^ "Racist And Ridiculous". newscoma.com. 
  11. ^ "Forrester Demands Sen. Diane Black Fire Staffer Who Sent Racist Email". TNDP News. 
  12. ^ "Black says she followed HR rules on Senate staffer email – In Session". tennessean.com. 
  13. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (June 13, 2013). "Meet the Three House Women Who Go by "Congressman"". Smart Politics. 
  14. ^ "Diane Black Joins Race To Succeed Gordon In Congress". WTVF. Associated Press. December 18, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  15. ^ "Tennessee 6th District Race Profile – Election 2010". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  16. ^ McArdle, John (March 31, 2010). "Gordon's Tennessee Seat All But Gone for Democrats". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 
  17. ^ "Tennessee 6th District - Black vs. Carter". RealClearPolitics. 
  18. ^ ABC News. "Romney May Have Edge in Battle of The Spinners". ABC News Blogs. 
  19. ^ "Romney surrogate at GOP headquarters". readingeagle.com. 
  20. ^ Tom Humphrey. "Tennesseans head elsewhere for presidential campaigning". KNS. 
  21. ^ Video on YouTube
  22. ^ Cohn, Michael (24 July 2014). "House Passes Student Tax Credit Simplification Bill". Accounting Today. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "H.R. 3393 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  24. ^ Marcos, Cristina (24 July 2014). "House passess tax credit for college expenses". The Hill. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  25. ^ [1] Archived October 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ "NFIB Endorses Diane Black for Congress". National Federation of Independent Business. 
  27. ^ "Mitt Romney endorses Diane Black – In Session". tennessean.com. 
  28. ^ a b "RealClearPolitics – Politics – Jul 29, 2012 – Black, Zelenik battle for 6th District again". realclearpolitics.com. 
  29. ^ "Tennessee Pro-Life Group Endorses Rep. Diane Black". LifeNews.com. July 26, 2012. 
  30. ^ "2014 Endorsed Candidates". sba-list.org. 
  31. ^ "Diane Black announces Chamber endorsement – In Session". tennessean.com. 
  32. ^ Paul Kane (October 23, 2015). "Boehner's next select committee, focusing on Planned Parenthood, to be led by Marsha Blackburn". Washington Post. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  33. ^ Wilkins, Jason Moon. "Big Name Enters Crowded Race For Tennessee Governor". Nashville Public Radio. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  34. ^ "Diane Black has most missed votes in 2018 among Tennessee congressional delegation". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-07-02. 
  35. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  36. ^ "Diane Black: New EPA rules threaten Sumner County jobs". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  37. ^ "Rep. Diane Black Praises Repeal of the Clean Power". Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  38. ^ a b c d e Lipton, Eric (2018-02-15). "How $225,000 Can Help Secure a Pollution Loophole at Trump's E.P.A." The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  39. ^ "Diane Black under fire over lax emissions, campaign donations from diesel trucking company". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-02-15. 
  40. ^ CNN, May 29, 2018, Veronica Stracqualursi, Tennessee lawmaker says pornography is a 'root cause' of school shootings, Retrieved May 31, 2018, "...Why do we see kids being so violent? ...Pornography. It's available. ..."
  41. ^ Bendery, Jennifer (2018-05-29). "Porn Leads To School Shootings, GOP Congresswoman Says". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-05-29. 
  42. ^ Anapol, Avery (2018-05-29). "GOP lawmaker: Porn partly to blame for school shootings". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-05-29. 
  43. ^ Barton, Paul C. (18 June 2014). "See what Diane Black and Scott Desjarlais are worth". The Tennessean. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bart Gordon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

Preceded by
Tom Price
Chair of the House Budget Committee
Succeeded by
Steve Womack
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