In 2010 Diane Black was elected to Congress, representing TN-06. With her career as a nurse and her budget experience in the Tennessee state legislature, Rep. Black quickly became an influential voice in national discussions about health care, taxes, and the economy. In the 115th Congress (2017–2019), she became the first woman in congressional history to chair the House Budget Committee.
Rep. Black was one of nine first-term Republican women in the 112th Congress (2011–2013) but was the only one to win a seat on the powerful and prestigious Ways and Means Committee, which writes America’s tax laws. Given her budgetary work in the Tennessee legislature, she was also assigned to the influential House Budget Committee.
Rep. Black worked as a nurse and a nonprofit fundraiser before seeking elective office. From 1999 to 2005, she served in the Tennessee state house of representatives before moving to the state senate where she served until 2010. In the Tennessee legislature, she worked to balance the state budget and advocated for long-term health care for senior citizens. Rep. Black kept her nursing license current throughout her political career, helping her stay up to date on health care issues.