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10 Things to Know About Chairman Diane Black

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Washington, D.C., February 15, 2017 | William Allison, Chris Hartline (202-226-6100) | comments

1. As the first female chairman of the House Budget Committee, Diane is working to protect the American dream because she has lived it herself. She spent the first years of her life in public housing before her parents moved to the modest home they live in today. They are pictured here in 2015.




2. In high school, Diane (pictured here) was determined to become the first member of her family to earn a college degree. She credits her high school guidance counselor and mentor, Mr. Richard Whiting, with helping her through the process and giving her the encouragement needed to pursue her dreams. Watch Diane’s tribute to Mr. Whiting’s memory here.





3. Diane has been a nurse for more than 45 years and still keeps her license today. Here she is (second from left) at her official pinning ceremony in 1971.





4. Prior to coming to Congress, Diane served in the Tennessee General Assembly, where she led the opposition to a proposed state income tax, reformed health care laws, and passed balanced budgets.




5. Diane is the proud wife – as well as a mother, daughter, and sister – of military veterans. Her husband of 36 years, Dr. David Black (pictured) served as a Marine in Vietnam.





6. Diane is passionate about protecting life. A former Tennessee Right to Life “Legislator of the Year,” her first bill as a member of Congress would have defunded Planned Parenthood in a short-term spending bill. As the first female chairman of the House Budget Committee, Diane is continuing her work to end taxpayer funding for abortion through the reconciliation process.




 

7. Family comes first for Diane. She and Dave have three grown children: Steve, Jill, and Katie. Here they are pictured in their early years together.





8. An avid fisherman, Diane can often be found fishing on the shores of Old Hickory Lake in her home state of Tennessee. Here she is with a recent catch of crappie, a freshwater fish that flourishes in middle Tennessee.





9. Diane has been a member of the House Budget Committee since 2011 and has been at the forefront of the effort each year to offer a fiscally responsible budget proposal. Here she is at the unveiling of the “Path to Prosperity Budget” in 2013.





10. Diane and Dave are the proud “Mimi” and “Poppy” of six grandchildren – pictured here together in 2009. Diane keeps a family picture taped to the back of her voting card in Congress and often says that her grandchildren’s generation is why she works so diligently to address our nation's out-of-control debt and deficits.
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