Black Sponsors Only Successful Freshman Bill
U.S. Rep. Diane Black Having a Good Year
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black is having a good year.
Representative Black is the only freshman in her class of 94 to have legislation pass both chambers of Congress.
Her bill to close a Medicaid loophole and save billions is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature. The president supported it even before it made it to the House floor.
Black is a former Tennessee state senator whose victory last November helped tip the state's congressional delegation to the GOP. But it isn't clear whether her success means she can sail to re-election in 2012 without a serious challenge.
Third-quarter campaign figures show Black has raised more than $637,000 and has about half a million dollars on hand.