By SARAH GRACE TAYLOR
U.S. Rep. Diane Black announced Wednesday that she will be stepping down from her position as chair of the House Budget Committee to focus on her 2018 Tennessee gubernatorial campaign.
In an op-ed published on Fox News in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Republican said that after a “successful year” in the position, she would be shifting her focus to her run for Tennessee Governor.
“I became chairman of the House Budget Committee one year ago and have been proud to serve in that role along with our new president,” Black wrote. “He has pushed an agenda of action – responsible budgeting, repealing ObamaCare’s worst mandates, and aggressive tax-cutting to get our economy going.”
Black, a Representative of the 6th district since 2011, said she is better suited working in and for Tennessee.
“But my heart has always been at home. This why today I’m announcing that I will now step down as chairman of the House Budget Committee, while continuing to serve in Congress, to devote more attention to my next challenge: seeking the governorship of Tennessee,” she said.
The gubernatorial election will take place statewide in November 2018. Black will be replaced as chair in the new year.