Diana Harshbarger

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Diana Harshbarger
Diana Harshbarger 117th U.S Congress.jpg
U.S. Representative from Tennessee's 1st Congressional District
From: January 3, 2021 – present
Predecessor Phil Roe
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Robert Harshbarger
Religion Christian[1]

Diana Harshbarger, born January 1, 1960 in Kingsport, Tennessee (age 63), is the current U.S. representative from Tennessee's 1st congressional district, serving since January 3, 2021. An anti-establishment Republican, she was elected in the 2020 United States House of Representatives elections, succeeding retiring Congressman Phil Roe.

Early life and career

Diana Harshbarger was born in Kingsport, Tennessee on January 1, 1960 and grew up in Bloomingdale. She attended East Tennessee State University, earning a bachelor's degree and later obtaining a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in Mercer University.

A licensed pharmacist, Harshbarger and her husband Robert operate a pharmacy. The latter has elicited controversy for previously mislabeling Chinese drugs as produced in the United States, which he pleaded guilty to.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives

2020 election

Harshbarger announced on May 12, 2020 her run for Congress in the first congressional district of Tennessee to succeed retiring Republican Phil Roe.[3] She received the endorsement of the Susan B. Anthony List[4] as well as Donald Trump[5] for her bid.

After handily winning the Republican primary,[2][6] Harshbarger faced Democrat nominee Blair Walsingham, who ran on the insistence of being a "moderate Democrat".[7] Harshbarger easily won the open seat in the district has consistently been strongly Republican since the Civil War.[8]

Tenure

In contrast to the state's two Republican senators,[9] Harshbarger maintained her decision[10] in voting to object to the Biden electors in the 2020 U.S. presidential election for the states of Arizona and Pennsylvania.[11][12] This was following a mob during a peaceful Trump rally at Washington, D.C. that violently broke into the United States Capitol Building, after which many Republicans who had planned to object didn't do so. Harshbarger strongly denounced and condemned the breaking and entering,[13] which was very likely instigated by paid protesters/Antifa infiltrators.[14][15]

Personal life

Harshbarger currently lives in Kingsport with her husband Robert. The couple have one child and two grandchildren.[16] A Christian and Sunday School teacher,[1] she has emphasized on the importance of faith.[17]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Coalitions — Diana Harshbarger for Congress. votediana.com. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Teague, Slater (August 6, 2020). Harshbarger wins US House GOP primary. News Channel 11. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  3. Harshbarger announces Congressional bid. Times News. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  4. Diana Harshbarger - Susan B. Anthony List. Susan B. Anthony List. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  5. Teague, Slater (September 23, 2020). President Trump endorses Diana Harshbarger. News Channel 11. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  6. Mihaly, Abigail (August 6, 2020). Diana Harshbarger wins GOP primary to replace Rep. Phil Roe. The Hill. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  7. Smith, Josh (September 22, 2020). ‘I’m American above all else’: Democrat Blair Walsingham running for Congress in Northeast Tenn.. News Channel 11. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  8. Republican Diana Harshbarger wins election to U.S. House in Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District. Associated Press. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  9. Two references:
  10. Bleau, Hannah (December 31, 2020). Rep.-Elect Diana Harshbarger Will Object to Electoral College Votes. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  11. Final Vote Results for Roll Call 10. clerk.house.gov. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  12. Final Vote Results for Roll Call 11. clerk.house.gov. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  13. Marais, Bianca (January 6, 2021). ‘They ought to be charged to the fullest extent of the law’: Northeast Tennessee freshman congresswoman accounts U.S. Capitol breach. News Channel 11. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  14. https://twitter.com/ariellanewland/status/1347133853169803265
  15. Geller, Pamela (January 6, 2021). Photos, Reports Show ANTIFA Infiltrators Stormed the Capitol Building. Geller Report. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  16. Rep.-elect Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.-01). The Hill. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  17. Salvation. Diana Harshbarger via YouTube. Retrieved January 9, 2021.

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