Candidate Profile
Diane Black

Republican , Tennessee

Biography

Name
Diane Black
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 6
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Family Association (AFA), 2013:  100%
FRC Action, 2015:  100%
National Right to Life, 2015-16:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2013-14:  93%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2014:  84%, 89%
FreedomWorks, 2016:  100%, 82%
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2015-16:  100%, 81%
Club for Growth, 2015:  88%, 76%
Heritage Action, 2015-16:  86%, 75%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  73%
Conservative Review (CR), 2015:  67%

86%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2015:  6%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2015:  4%, 5%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  0%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2013:  0%, 0%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2014:  0%
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2015:  0%

6%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

4
American Conservative Union PAC, Americans for Legal Immigration, Susan B. Anthony List, U.S. Immigration Reform PAC

Reported by Candidate

1
Family Research Council Susan B. Anthony List U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Rifle Association National Right to Life National Federation of Independent Business

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
29
Adam Kinzinger, Alan Nunnelee, Chuck Fleischmann, Eric Cantor, Fred D. Thompson PAC, Free and Strong America PAC and 23 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
86
American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Associated Builders and Contractors, Austin Scott, BILL PAC (TX), Bradley Byrne and 80 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
5
American Maritime Officers, Building Effective Responsible Government PAC, James E. Hall, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Saltchuk Resources

Summary

5%

LIBERAL

95%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Disagree

13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

15. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?

Our founding fathers saw the dangers of unbridled government power in England and other European monarchies and how it resulted in Tyranny. They wisely recognized that in order to protect individual liberties and prevent government overreach, a new system of government would be necessary. Sadly, President Obama has ignored many of these checks and balances laid out in the Constitution and has circumvented Congress to force his agenda.

16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.

1. In Congress, I am the author of the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This legislation would prohibit funding of Planned Parenthood and similar organizations that receive federal dollars while participating in the barbaric practice of abortion. Until we can spare all unborn children from the horrors of abortion, Congress must stop American taxpayers from footing the bill for this heinous abuse of innocent life. 2. I am a cosponsor of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. When I served in the Tennessee General Assembly, we were required to balance our budget each year. I believe that Congress should be required to do the same. 3. I am a cosponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act- legislation offering a conservative, patient-centered alternative to the burdensome mandates of Obamacare. This legislation would fully repeal the President's healthcare law and replace it market-based reforms to lower costs and improve access to care.

17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

I do not believe that abortion should be permitted under any circumstances.

18. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

I believe that God is the highest source of all authority. Second to that is the United States Constitution. Third is the voters. As our Declaration of Independence explains, our government's power rests "on the consent of the governed."

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

My Christian faith informs who I am. It is foundational to every decision I make, both in Congress and in my private life. Through prayer and reading of God's word, I find direction and guidance in my daily decisions. A scripture that I have drawn particular encouragement from in Congress is Galatians 6:9 which reads, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."


Background

Education
  • Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, A.S.N., 1971
  • Belmont University, Nashville, TN, B.S.N., 1991
Work & Military
  • Hendersonville Medical Center, Nurse
  • Volunteer State Community College, Assistant Professor of Allied Health
  • Sumner Regional Health Systems Foundation, Executive Director
Affiliations
  • Children Are People, Founding Board Member
  • Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County, Past Vice President
  • Rotary Club of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Member, Past President
  • Volunteer State Community College Foundation, Board Member
  • Community Church of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Member
Offices
  • Tennessee State Senator, Held 2004-2010
  • U.S. Representative, Held 2011-Present
 

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