Lawmaker Profile

Rep. David Price

[D, NC-4]
David Price represents North Carolina's Fourth District. Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, Price was a professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system.

Price currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. He is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittees. As the Ranking Member of the House Democracy Partnership and an outspoken advocate for Middle East peace, Price is also a recognized leader on foreign policy issues. 

Born in 1940, Price grew up in the small town of Erwin in eastern Tennessee. His father was a high school principal, and his mother was an English teacher.

Price studied at Mars Hill College and was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.. He earned his B.A. in 1961 and continued his education at Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree (1964) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1969).

Price and his wife Lisa were married in 1968 and settled in Chapel Hill in 1973. After staying home when her children were young, Lisa did social work and participated in many community activities, before helping to found North Carolinians Against Gun Violence in 1993. She was its executive director until retiring in 2007. The Prices have two children and two grandchildren. 

Price is a member of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, where he has taught Sunday School and chaired the official board.

In addition to serving on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the House Democracy Partnership, Rep. Price co-chairs the Democratic Budget Group. Price also co-chairs the National Service Caucus, the Congressional Vision Caucus and the Congressional Humanities Caucus.

Price was named a "Champion of Science" by the Science Coalition, and the North Carolina National Guard awarded him the Charles Dick Medal of Merit. The North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club has also recognized Price as their "Legislator of the Year." He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association's Hubert H. Humphrey Public Service Award. Price was honored at the 31st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Durham NAACP in 2005, and he received the William Sloane Coffin Award from Yale Divinity School in 2006. The Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 2008 included a provision based on his legislation (the Teaching Fellows Act). Building on this success, Price is currently working to pass his Keeping Teachers Teaching Act.

Price also has worked to improve higher education and make it more affordable for working families. 

Price understands the importance of federal investments in biomedical, environmental, and technology research to the Fourth District's economic success. From his position on the Appropriations Committee, he supported the effort to double funding for the National Institutes of Health over five years and has pressed for a similar boost to the National Science Foundation.

Throughout his time in Congress, Price has been a strong advocate for U.S. leadership in negotiating a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and meeting global challenges such as HIV-AIDS and climate change. He founded and now serves as Ranking Member on the House Democracy Partnership (HDP).  Price has authored several bills to regulate the use of private security contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He was a forceful critic of the war in Iraq and has called for a responsible and realistic strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

 As a former Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Price has worked to ensure that all the people responsible for protecting our country receive the funding and support they need to do their jobs.

Price has spearheaded a number of campaign and election reform efforts in Congress. In the 111th Congress, Price introduced the bipartisan "Stand By Every Ad Act"  Price is currently the lead House sponsor of legislation to reform the presidential public financing system, and he has cosponsored a bill to permit public financing of congressional campaigns.

Price is a strong advocate for affordable housing. As Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, he has pushed successfully to increase funding for affordable housing and expand housing opportunities for senior citizens and people with disabilities. 

As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee with funding responsibility for the Department of Transportation, Price has worked to boost transportation funding overall and to bring federal dollars to North Carolina to improve our roads and highways and to bolster public transit. He strongly advocates a multi-modal transportation system that includes viable rail transit options. Price has been an especially forceful advocate for inter-city high-speed rail funding. 

Price strongly supports efforts to protect the environment, promote wise stewardship of our natural resources, ensure clean air and water, and address climate change. He voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Price has teamed with other representatives working to advance legislation that preserve the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway for generations to come. He has also successfully passed legislation to modernize the system for tracking hazardous waste. In addition, Price continues working to maintain a safe and adequate drinking water. 

Price strongly believes that we should preserve and improve the quality of life in North Carolina communities through water supply improvements, and investments in conservation and environmental research that will help us tackle future challenges.