House Budget Chairwoman Rep. Diane Black announced Wednesday she is running to replace Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who is term-limited from a third term.
"In Tennessee, we're conservative and we do things the right way no matter what Hollywood or Washington thinks about it. We believe in absolute truths. Right is right, wrong is wrong, truth is truth, God is God, and a life is a life. And we don't back down from anything and that's exactly the kind of governor I will be," Black said in a campaign ad.
Black has served in Congress since 2011 and previously served in the Tennessee House and state Senate. Prior to entering politics in the late 1990s, Black worked as a nurse.
Black touted her background as the first woman leader of the House Budget Committee, and as someone who stands up to "weak-kneed" Republicans as examples of her leadership experience.
Four other candidates have declared they are running for governor: Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers, former commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd, Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, and businessman Bill Lee.