Diane Black

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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
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) 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

Campaign themes

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."[4]

Political positions

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. [5]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

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

Black won the election.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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

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.[12]

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.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

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.[14]

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.[15]

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 his 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.[16]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[17]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

Percentage 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.[21]

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Personal

Diane Black is married to David. They have 3 children.

External links


References

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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