Diane Black hopes old record, new friend give edge in governor race

Gubernatorial candidate Diane Black laughs as she mingles during the Hamilton County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner at The Chattanoogan on Friday, April 27, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories profiling the major candidates for Tennessee's U.S. Senate and governor seats. This week, we will begin profiling candidates in the governor's race. Visit timesfreepress.com/politics to read previous profiles on the Senate candidates.


Name: Diane BlackPolitical party: RepublicanAge: 67Education: Associate’s degree in nursing from Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md.; bachelor’s degree in nursing from Belmont UniversityFamily: Black is married to David Black and has three children, Steve, 46, Jill, 43, and Katie, 40.Work: Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, Black served in the Tennessee legislature as both a representative and a senator for a total of 12 years.