Black wins re-election in landslide

Diane Black.
Diane Black.

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Diane Black (R-TN-06) defeated her competition Tuesday night to win a landslide reelection to Congress, continuing an undefeated streak that dates back to her first campaign for state representative in 1998.

Black took 71 percent of the vote, according to the Associate Press, beating David Kent (D) (22 percent) and David Ross (I) (7 percent.

“I am humbled by Tennesseans’ overwhelming vote of confidence  and am ready to return to Congress to continue fighting for our shared Tennessee values in Washington,” Black said in a release. “This victory is shared with my family, my incredible volunteer team, and my supporters across our district who have encouraged and sustained me throughout this campaign. Tennesseans spoke clearly , demonstrating that they want a solutions-oriented conservative in Congress who will take the fight to the entrenched Washington bureaucracy and get results. After tonight’s win, we have a mandate to continue that fight. I won’t let the voters down.”

Black was first elected to Congress in 2010, winning 69 percent of the vote in a district held by Democrats for more than a quarter century. Known for her pro-life stance and health care expertise, Black serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget committees. She was endorsed by the NRA, National Right to Life, American Conservative Union, Susan B. Anthony List, and NFIB, among others.


Liz Engel is the editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal. She can be reached at

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