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David Price (U.S. politician)


David Price (U.S. politician)

David Price
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Preceded by Fred Heineman
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Bill Cobey
Succeeded by Fred Heineman
Personal details
Born David Eugene Price
(1940-08-17) August 17, 1940
Erwin, Tennessee, United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lisa Price
Children Karen Price
Michael Price
Residence Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Alma mater Mars Hill College, University of North Carolina, Yale University
Occupation College Professor
Religion Baptist

David Eugene Price (born August 17, 1940) is a professor and the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 4th congressional district, serving since 1997 and previously from 1987 to 1995. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes portions of, among other cities, Burlington, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Durham, and all of Chapel Hill.


  • Early life, education, and academic career 1
  • U.S. House of Representatives 2
    • Elections 2.1
    • Tenure 2.2
    • Committee assignments 2.3
    • Caucus memberships 2.4
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life, education, and academic career

Born in Erwin, Tennessee, Price attended Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina when it was a junior college.[1] He later transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after winning a scholarship, and became a member of The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies. He earned a degree in 1961.[1] Originally intent on becoming an engineer,[1] Price continued his education at Yale University where he received a theology degree (1964) and a Ph.D. in political science (1969).[2]

He served as an aide to Alaska Senator Bob Bartlett from 1963 to 1967 and then entered academia, working as a political science and public policy professor at Duke University from 1973 until his first campaign for Congress in 1986.[2] He also served as a Duke professor during 1995 and 1996, when he was not in Congress.[2]

Price worked for the North Carolina Democratic Party from 1979 to 1984.[2] Price has written a political science textbook entitled The Congressional Experience, from the perspective of a candidate for office, and then, a member of Congress.

Price also served as executive director and then state chair for the North Carolina Democratic Party prior to being elected to Congress.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives



Price first entered Congress in 1987 after defeating one-term Republican U.S. Congressman Bill Cobey 56%-44%.[2][3] Price won re-election in 1988 and 1990 with 58%.[4][5] In 1992, he won re-election with 65%.[6]


In 1994, he was narrowly defeated by Republican challenger and former Raleigh police chief Fred Heineman, who won by a margin of less than 1%[7] during the Republican Revolution, in part to lower-than-expected turnout in the Democratic stronghold of Orange County (home to Chapel Hill), but despite the fact that heavily Republican Randolph County had been eliminated from the Fourth District during redistricting prior to that election year.[1]


In 1996, Price defeated Heineman in a rematch 54%-44%.[8] He was helped in part by voters who were not happy with the lack of progress made by the freshman class on the goals of the Contract with America.[9]


The district has since reverted to form, and Price won re-election by wide margins in 1998 (57%), 2000 (62%), 2002 (61%), 2004 (64%), and 2006 (65%).[10]


Price's opponent in the 2008 election was Republican B.J. Lawson. Lawson was called the most formidable opposition Price has faced since he was defeated by Heineman in 1994.[11] For example, he ran television ads, which Price's opponents hadn't done in at least a decade.[12] Despite increased efforts and expenditures by his Republican opponent, Price still defeated Lawson 63% to 37%.[13]


On September 8, 2010, Price launched his reelection campaign. Price defeated Lawson in a rematch 56% to 44%.[14]


Price defeated Republican nominee and businessman Tim D'Annunzio.


David Price in 1992

He was an early opponent of the Iraq War of 2003[15] and has sponsored a bill to bring the conduct of private military companies working in Iraq under legal jurisdiction of the United States.[16] He has also introduced legislation to prohibit contractors from performing interrogations of prisoners in the custody of intelligence agencies.[17]

As chairman of the 2008 House subcommittee responsible for determining the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, Price was seeking to focus immigration enforcement efforts on criminal convicts.[18][19]

Price authored a provision of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 which made the interest on student loans tax deductible,[20] and legislation creating the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation, which provides grants for high-tech education in community colleges and was enacted in 1993.[21] Price voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008,[22] reasoning that "the harmful effects of the credit crisis on all North Carolinians were too great for the federal government to sit on the sidelines."[23] and for "[defending] critical emergency management and homeland security priorities" was honored with an award by the association of state emergency managers.[24] In December 2009, he voted for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which enacted more stringent regulations on the financial industry in order to protect consumers and taxpayers from another financial crisis.[25]

Price is the author of legislation to reform the public financing system for presidential campaigns.[26]

Price has opposed concentration of media ownership. He worked on legislative initiatives to roll back the FCC's 2003 rules [27] and co-sponsored an (unsuccessful) bill to overturn another 2008 FCC approval of media consolidation [28] Price voted for the 2006 "Markey amendment" to establish network neutrality in the Communication Act of 1934 [29]

In 2013, Price voted against the amendment to the Patriot Act that would have eliminated Section 215 and curtailed the National Security Agency's controversial data collection program.[30]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Price also serves as Chairman of the House Democracy Assistance Commission, which works through peer-to-peer partnerships with emerging democratic legislatures to assist in the development of the fundamental building blocks of legislative government.[31]

Personal life

Price married his wife, Lisa Kanwit, in 1968. They were longtime Democratic Party activists together,[1] and they have two children: Karen, a filmmaker; and Michael, a professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Brunel University in London.[2] They have two grandchildren, Charles Albert, born in 2006, and Margaret Elizabeth, born in 2009.[2] Today, Price resides in Chapel Hill[1] and is a member of the Binkley Memorial Baptist Church.

Price appeared as a contestant on the nighttime version of the CBS game show Password, which aired on November 28, 1963, while he was a graduate student at Yale. His celebrity partner was Gloria Stewart, wife of James Stewart, and they lost to James Stewart and his contestant partner. Price won a consolation prize of $50.

Price received the 2011 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council. [32]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Dogged Price does homework, pursues goals". Raleigh News and Observer. 1994-10-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About David".  
  3. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 04, 1986". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 08, 1988". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  5. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 06, 1990". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 03, 1992". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  7. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 08, 1994". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ "4th Congressional District". US House of Representatives election results. NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Wall Street Journal - Republican Rebels of '94 Now Face Their Own Revolt
  10. ^ "Candidate - David E. Price". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  11. ^ Sorg, Lisa (2008-10-15). "B.J. Lawson, The Hybrid Candidate". Independent Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  12. ^ Teague Beckwith, Ryan (2008-10-16). "Lawson airing ads against Price". Raleigh News and Observer. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  13. ^ "Lawson won't seek rematch with Price". Raleigh News and Observer. 2009-08-06. 
  14. ^ Kern, Eliza (2010-11-03). "David Price defeats B.J. Lawson in closely-contested election for House". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved 2010-11-03. 
  15. ^ David Price (9 October 2002). "An Alternative to the Iraq War Resolution".  
  16. ^ David M. Herszenhorn (October 4, 2007). "House Bill Would Allow Prosecution of Contractors".  
  17. ^ "Interrogation for Profit". The New York Times. June 12, 2008. 
  18. ^ David Rogers (June 17, 2008). "Dems raise stakes on immigration".  
  19. ^ Barbara Barrett (June 25, 2008). "Dems: ICE should focus on criminals, not workers".  
  20. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 105th Congress (1997 - 1998) - H.R.2014 - CRS Summary - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  21. ^ Price website: My Work in Congress: Legislative Accomplishments
  22. ^ Teague Beckwith, Ryan (2008-10-03). "Roll call on bailout bill". Raleigh News and Observer. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  24. ^ "NEMA Timeline". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  25. ^ "Final Vote Results For Roll Call 968". United States House of Representative. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  26. ^ Chase Foster (July 10, 2008). "Point of View: Public financing's cleansing power". The News & Observer. 
  27. ^ David Price (2006-09-21). "Press Release - Price Leads Effort to Hold FCC Accountable on Media Ownership Rules". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  28. ^ "Bill Text Versions 110th Congress (2007-2008) S.J.RES.28". 2008. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  29. ^ "Bill Summary & Status109th Congress (2005 - 2006)H.AMDT.987 to H.R.5252".  
  30. ^ "H.Amdt. 413 (Amash) to H.R. 2397".  
  31. ^ "About the Commission". House Democracy Assistance Commission. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  32. ^ "Dome: Legacy to be highway, not fundraising issue - Under the Dome". 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Cobey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Fred Heineman
Preceded by
Fred Heineman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
José E. Serrano
D-New York
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
John Boehner
Succeeded by
in the 114th Congress

with John Boehner as Speaker,
Rosa DeLauro

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