Diane Black was raised by parents who taught her the conservative values she lives by today. As a registered nurse, small businesswoman and former educator, Diane brings a fresh perspective to issues that affect all Tennesseans.
The middle daughter of Great Depression-era parents, Diane spent the earliest years of her life in public housing and, upon the encouragement of a high school guidance counselor, became the first person in her family to attain a college education. As a former single parent who worked nights to raise her kids, Diane knows that hard work and accountability are Tennessee values.
Diane Black was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and is the only Tennessean to ever chair the House Budget Committee. She is a sponsor of the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and the No Budget, No Pay Act, which withholds pay from Congress if an annual budget is not passed by the legal deadline.
Diane firmly believes in the rule of law. Her legislation to cut off funding to sanctuary cities was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. As Governor, she will ensure there are NO sanctuary cities in Tennessee and she will work with President Trump and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to put Tennesseans first.
A former Tennessee Right to Life legislator of the year, and sponsor of Tennessee’s most important pro-life law, Diane is a steadfast champion for the rights of the unborn. She authored the Defund Planned Parenthood Act to block all federal funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider. Diane also sponsored the Conscience Protection Act, to protect the religious freedom of entities that refuse to perform, pay for, or refer abortions.
Black’s staunch fiscal conservatism earned her the prestigious “Award for Conservative Excellence” from the American Conservative Union. She and her husband of over 35 years, Dr. David Black, have three grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Gallatin and attend Community Church in Hendersonville.