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Mon November 28, 2011
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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.