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Diane Black
Diane Black.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBart Gordon (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$11.68 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,675,240
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Tennessee State Senate
2006-2010
Tennessee House of Representatives
1999-2005
Education
Bachelor'sBelmont University, 1991
Associate'sAnne Arundel College, 1971
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 16, 1951
Place of birthBaltimore, Maryland
ProfessionSmall businesswoman, Educator
Net worth$64,744,035
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Diane Black (b. January 16, 1951, in Baltimore, Maryland) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee. Black represents Tennessee's 6th congressional district, and was first elected in 2010. She won re-election in 2012.

Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Black served in the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee State Senate.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Black is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Black's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Black serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Black served on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Black's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Black voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[6]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Black voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[6]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Black voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[6]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Black voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[7] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[6]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Black declined to accept her salary while the government is in a shutdown.[8]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Black supported the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Black supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[11] The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Black supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[13]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Black supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[14]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Black voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Black's website, her campaign themes included:

  • Jobs: "The real way to grow the economy is to get government out of the way, and let the real job creators, American small businesses, create jobs."
  • Taxes: "For far too long, hard-working families have sent their tax dollars to Washington only to see them squandered away by Congress."
  • Immigration: "By failing to secure our border, the federal government has failed to perform its most basic function –providing for the safety and security of its citizens."[16]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Diane Black endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [17]

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Black won the election.[18] Black ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 6th District. She defeated Lou Ann Zelenik in the August 2 Republican primary. She faced Scott Beasley (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[19]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Black Incumbent 76.4% 184,383
     Green Pat Riley 9% 21,633
     Independent Scott Beasley 14.4% 34,766
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 459
Total Votes 241,241
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Tennessee's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Black Incumbent 69.4% 44,949
Lou Ann Zelenik 30.6% 19,836
Total Votes 64,785

2010

On November 2, 2010, Diane Black won election to the United States House. She defeated Brett Carter (R) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Black 69.6% 128,517
     Democratic Brett Carter 30.4% 56,145
Total Votes 184,662

2010 Primary Results

Black defeated Zelenik in the 2010 primary election.[21]

Tennessee's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Black 50.3% 24,374
Lou Ann Zelenik 49.7% 24,091
Total Votes 48,465

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Black is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Black raised a total of $4,675,240 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[22]

Diane Black's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 6) Won $2,437,229
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 6) Won $2,238,011
Grand Total Raised $4,675,240

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Black's reports.[23]

Diane Black (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]4/12/2013$319,545.33$107,357.81$(52,826.57)$374,076.57
July Quarterly[25]7/15/2013$374,076.57$325,309.84$(60,264.48)$639,121.93
Running totals
$432,667.65$(113,091.05)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Black's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Black won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Black's campaign committee raised a total of $2,437,230 and spent $2,153,238.[26]

Cost per vote

Black spent $11.68 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Black won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Black's campaign committee raised a total of $2,238,011 and spent $2,202,458.[27]

Her top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[28]

Black most often votes with:

Black least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Black is a "moderate Republican leader," as of June 26, 2013.[29]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Black missed 41 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.4%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[30]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Black paid her congressional staff a total of $787,942 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Black's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $15,793,074 and $113,694,996. That averages to $64,744,035, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth decreased by 107.03% from 2010.[32]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Black's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-7,315,946 to $69,860,990, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[33]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Black was 1 of 3 members who ranked 26th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[34]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Black was 1 of 10 members of congress who ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[35]

Voting with party

2013

Diane Black voted with the Republican Party 97.8% of the time, which ranked 34th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[36]

Personal

Diane Black is married to David. They have three children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. House "Black," Accessed June 26, 2013
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. U.S. Congresswoman Diane Black, Representing the 6th District of Tennessee "Committees"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Black's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 16, 2013
  7. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  8. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  9. Vote Smart, "Black on agriculture", accessed October 16, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Black's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Black's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Black on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  15. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. Vote Diane Black, "On the Issues," Accessed September 11, 2012
  17. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell," January 19, 2012
  18. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  19. Associated Press primary results
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Tennessee Secretary of State "2010 Primary Results"
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Diane Black," Accessed April 2, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Black 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  24. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  25. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Black Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  27. Open Secrets "Diane Black 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  28. OpenCongress, "Diane Black," Accessed August 6, 2013
  29. Gov Track "Diane Black," Accessed June 26, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Black," Accessed April 10, 2013
  31. LegiStorm, "Diane Lynn Black," Accessed September 18, 2012
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Black (R-Tenn), 2011"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Diane Lynn Black (R-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  34. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bart Gordon
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 6
2011–present
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Tennessee State Senate
2006-2010
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Tennessee House of Representatives
1999-2005
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