Why Diane Black is the Governor for Millennials.

Millennials are quickly becoming the deciding generation in not only American politics, but in Tennessee politics as well. A generation developed by war in the Middle East, economic recession, and mass technological advancement. Millennials are coming out of college in higher debt and in search of good jobs that often lead to a dead end. So what type of Governor can offer good, reliable solutions to the problems Millennials face? Someone who has been through similar situations. Someone like Diane Black.

Diane was born in 1951 in Maryland and grew up in public housing. She is no stranger to turbulent political or economic times. Her parents met and fell in love working on the same assembly line in a working-class neighborhood near Baltimore. Her upbringing makes her no stranger to difficult financial troubles. When she was five, Diane and her family moved to a rural town, Ferndale, where they literally lived across the railroad tracks from better-off neighbors.

Diane had no idea that she was one of the “poor kids,” as she never went without. It wasn’t until her high school days that she started to realize the true financial burden her family had struggled through. She noticed her classmates owned their own cars and had their own credit cards given to them by their parents. She would frequently go with her wealthy friends on shopping sprees and once thought to herself “One day, I’m going to go in and buy clothes that I haven’t made.” This passion and determination, shaped in her high school years, made her the strong person she is today.

Diane Black’s class picture from Andover High. Linthicum, MD

Through hard-work and with help from her devoted guidance counselor, Richard Whiting, Diane was able to secure scholarships and attend community college, a first in her family. Diane worked hard through community college, so she sees the value in the Tennessee Promise, which helps Tennesseans graduate from technical school and community college. She would eventually be able to fund her second year and earn an associate’s degree. Her love for helping others, and for her husband David, prompted her to move to Nashville and pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Diane would go on to help many people as a registered nurse until the late 1990’s, when she heard another calling. She was elected to the state legislature and then to the United States Congress.

So how does a baby boomer Baltimore-born woman’s life relate to those of the technologically advanced millennial generation Tennesseans? In more ways than you would think. Like the current generation, Diane Black has lived through financial uncertainty and the inability to afford higher education. Diane had to work hard through high school to earn the chance to attend community college. Diane has worked in the health care field all her life, and still retains her nursing license, so she knows the impact a changing health care system can have on families who are living paycheck to paycheck. Unlike other candidates, Diane Black wasn’t born with a silver spoon. She knows the value of hard work. She is a shining example of the American Dream and will be a Governor for all those struggling to achieve it.

Diane Black won’t just be the governor for the few, but for all Tennesseans. She has proven herself in Congress, now it’s time to let her take on Nashville and fight for West, Middle, and East Tennessee values.