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Congressman Diane Black Made Chairman of the House Budget Committee

“We’re thrilled to have such a qualified, thoughtful, and innovative leader take charge of the Budget Committee at such a crucial time in our nation’s history.  AMAC has had the pleasure of working with Chairman Black over the past several years on issues ranging from healthcare policy to Social Security solvency.  An AMAC member herself, Mrs. Black is a strong advocate for seniors and mature Americans.  We congratulate Chairman Black and wish her the best as she tackles some of the most difficult issues our country faces.”  –Dan Weber

Read Congressman Diane Black’s Biography:


As a registered nurse, small businesswoman and former educator, Congressman Diane Black brings a unique and dynamic perspective to her work in Congress. Diane’s faith in America’s promise was shaped from an early age. 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, would go on to become the first person in her family to attain a college education.

Named among the 25 most influential women in Congress by Roll Call, Black was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and represents Tennessee’s 6th district, comprised of 19 counties across middle Tennessee. Prior to that, Black served in the Tennessee state legislature, where she built her legacy on fighting back against a state income tax proposal and successfully passing legislation to make home healthcare more accessible for Tennessee seniors.

In Congress, Black serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee,  where she has worked alongside her colleagues to draft budget resolutions that root out wasteful spending and confront the drivers of our crippling $20 trillion debt burden in Washington. Black is a firm believer that getting America’s fiscal house in order also requires serious reforms of the broken Congressional budget process. That is why she has cosponsored legislation proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and has cosponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act, which withholds pay from Congress if an annual budget is not passed by the legal deadline.

Through her over 40 years of experience working in the health care field, Black learned first-hand about the importance of high-quality care and the obstacles faced by patients, health care providers and employers. Black’s real world experiences as a nurse have uniquely positioned her as a credible and effective leader on health care policy in Congress. She is focused on fully repealing the president’s disastrous health care law and advancing true market-based, patient-centered reforms that will bring down the rising cost of care by increasing private sector competition and consumer choice.

In 2011, Black was the first member of Congress to have legislation signed into law that repeals a health care provision in Obamacare, which saved taxpayers $13 billion dollars. Through her work as House Budget Committee Chair, Black is leading the effort to fully repeal the President’s healthcare law and offer a conservative, patient-centered replacement.

Black also serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and has quickly established herself as a leader in the efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax code for the first time in 30 years. Black is fighting for a flatter, fairer and simpler tax code to help create the conditions for economic growth, job creation, and higher wages for American workers.

A former Tennessee Right to Life legislator of the year, Black is a steadfast champion for the rights of the unborn. The first bill that she introduced as a member of Congress would have defunded Planned Parenthood in a short-term spending bill. Since that time Black also authored and fought for the House passage of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, a more comprehensive bill to block all federal funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider. Black additionally sponsored the Conscience Protection Act, legislation that would 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 and the “Freedom Fighter” award from FreedomWorks, among other honors.  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.

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5 years ago

Congratulations to Congresswoman Diane Black for her staunch stand in everything that is right for us and for this country. She knows the pitfalls of Obamacare having been in the medical field as a nurse and who is doing a much better job than her Democrat female constituents who are busy spewing hot air about everything. To me, those ladies shouldn’t be in Congress, the House or in the Senate but gone from Washington so true conservative representatives can take over and help get the humongous job done, that of making America great again.
Her home state should be proud for having sent one of their best to Washington to not only represent her state but all the Americans as well. God bless you!

5 years ago

I am not from your state but so proud to have a hard working, powerful, conservative woman in our Congress!

Hen3ry H
5 years ago

To quote a saying
I’ll have faith in this Republica lead congress
When the “show me” some results

Rex Jamieson
5 years ago

Shouldn’t she be addressed as “Congresswoman?”……..just thinking…..

5 years ago

She is a brave soul to pursue conservative budget ideals and government spending in that snake pit called Congress.

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