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David Price (American politician)

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David Price
David Price, 115th Congress official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1997
Preceded byFred Heineman
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byBill Cobey
Succeeded byFred Heineman
Personal details
David Eugene Price

(1940-08-17) August 17, 1940 (age 79)
Erwin, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lisa Kanwit
EducationMars Hill University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA)
Yale University (BDiv, PhD)
WebsiteHouse website

David Eugene Price (born August 17, 1940) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 4th congressional district since 1997, previously holding the position from 1987 to 1995. A member of the Democratic Party, he represents a district covering much of the heart of the Triangle, including all of Orange County and parts of Wake and Durham counties. It includes most of Raleigh, the wealthier parts of Durham, and all of Cary and Chapel Hill. He is dean of North Carolina's congressional delegation.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Erwin, Tennessee, Price attended Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina when it was a junior college.[2] 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 his degree in 1961.[2] Originally intent on becoming an engineer,[2] Price continued his education at Yale University, where he received a theology degree (1964) and a Ph.D. in political science (1969).[3]


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.[3] He also served as a Duke professor during 1995 and 1996, when he was not in Congress.[3]

Price worked for the North Carolina Democratic Party from 1979 to 1984.[3] 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.[2]

U.S. House of Representatives



Price first entered Congress in 1987 after defeating one-term Republican U.S. Congressman Bill Cobey 56% to 44%.[3][4] Price won re-election in 1988 and 1990 with 58%.[5][6] In 1992, he won re-election with 65%.[7]


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%[8] during the Republican Revolution, in part to lower-than-expected turnout in the Democratic stronghold of Orange County[citation needed] (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.[2]


In 1996, Price defeated Heineman in a rematch 54% to 44%.[9] 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.[10]


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%).[11]


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.[12] For example, he ran television ads, which Price's opponents hadn't done in at least a decade.[13] Despite increased efforts and expenditures by his Republican opponent, Price still defeated Lawson 63% to 37%.[14]

Price launched his 2010 reelection campaign on September 8 of that year. Price defeated Lawson in a rematch 56% to 44%.[15]

Price defeated Republican nominee and businessman Tim D'Annunzio in 2012. In 2014, he defeated Republican Paul Wright, a trial lawyer, former District Court and Superior Court judge and candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 2012. In 2016, Price defeated Republican nominee Sue Googe.


Price in 1992
Price in 1992

He was an early opponent of the Iraq War of 2003[16] and has sponsored a bill to bring the conduct of private military companies working in Iraq under legal jurisdiction of the United States.[17] He has also introduced legislation to prohibit contractors from performing interrogations of prisoners in the custody of intelligence agencies.[18]

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.[19][20]

Price authored a provision of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 which made the interest on student loans tax deductible,[21] 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.[22] Price voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008,[23] 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."[24] and for "[defending] critical emergency management and homeland security priorities" was honored with an award by the association of state emergency managers.[25] 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.[26]

Price is the author of legislation to reform the public financing system for presidential campaigns.[27]

Price has opposed concentration of media ownership. He worked on legislative initiatives to roll back the FCC's 2003 rules [28] and co-sponsored an (unsuccessful) bill to overturn another 2008 FCC approval of media consolidation [29] Price voted for the 2006 "Markey amendment" to establish network neutrality in the Communication Act of 1934 [30]

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.[31]

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.[39]

Personal life

Price married his wife, Lisa Kanwit, in 1968. They were longtime Democratic Party activists together,[2] and they have two children: Karen, a filmmaker; and Michael, a professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Brunel University in London.[3] They have two grandchildren, Charles Albert, born in 2006, and Margaret Elizabeth, born in 2009.[3] Today, Price resides in Chapel Hill[2] and is a member of the Binkley Memorial Baptist Church.

Price received the 2011 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council.[40]


  1. ^ "Murphy, Bishop sworn into the U.S. House". The Daily Reflector. September 18, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Dogged Price does homework, pursues goals". Raleigh News and Observer. October 29, 1994.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "About David". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  4. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 04, 1986". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 08, 1988". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  6. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 06, 1990". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 03, 1992". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  8. ^ "NC District 4 Race - Nov 08, 1994". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  9. ^ "4th Congressional District". US House of Representatives election results. NC State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on November 26, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  10. ^ Wall Street Journal - Republican Rebels of '94 Now Face Their Own Revolt[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Candidate - David E. Price". Our Campaigns. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Sorg, Lisa (October 15, 2008). "B.J. Lawson, The Hybrid Candidate". Independent Weekly. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
  13. ^ Teague Beckwith, Ryan (October 16, 2008). "Lawson airing ads against Price". Raleigh News and Observer. Archived from the original on October 23, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
  14. ^ "Lawson won't seek rematch with Price". Raleigh News and Observer. August 6, 2009. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013.
  15. ^ Kern, Eliza (November 3, 2010). "David Price defeats B.J. Lawson in closely-contested election for House". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  16. ^ David Price (October 9, 2002). "An Alternative to the Iraq War Resolution". United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on May 28, 2008.
  17. ^ David M. Herszenhorn (October 4, 2007). "House Bill Would Allow Prosecution of Contractors". The New York Times.
  18. ^ "Interrogation for Profit". The New York Times. June 12, 2008.
  19. ^ David Rogers (June 17, 2008). "Dems raise stakes on immigration". Politico.
  20. ^ Barbara Barrett (June 25, 2008). "Dems: ICE should focus on criminals, not workers". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on July 15, 2008.
  21. ^ "Bill Summary & Status - 105th Congress (1997 - 1998) - H.R.2014 - CRS Summary - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  22. ^ Price website: My Work in Congress: Legislative Accomplishments Archived June 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Teague Beckwith, Ryan (October 3, 2008). "Roll call on bailout bill". Raleigh News and Observer. Archived from the original on October 23, 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
  24. ^ David Price (September 29, 2008). "Message From Congressman David Price on Financial Crisis". United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008.
  25. ^ "NEMA Timeline". Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  26. ^ "Final Vote Results For Roll Call 968". United States House of Representative. December 11, 2009. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  27. ^ Chase Foster (July 10, 2008). "Point of View: Public financing's cleansing power". The News & Observer.[permanent dead link]
  28. ^ David Price (September 21, 2006). "Press Release - Price Leads Effort to Hold FCC Accountable on Media Ownership Rules". Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  29. ^ "Bill Text Versions 110th Congress (2007-2008) S.J.RES.28". 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  30. ^ "Bill Summary & Status109th Congress (2005 - 2006)H.AMDT.987 to H.R.5252". Thomas. 2006. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  31. ^ "H.Amdt. 413 (Amash) to H.R. 2397". GovTrack. 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  32. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  33. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  34. ^ "Members of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus". Veterinary Medicine Caucus. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  35. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  36. ^ "Members". Afterschool Alliance. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  37. ^ "Members". Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  38. ^ "Creator". Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  39. ^ "About the Commission". House Democracy Assistance Commission. Archived from the original on September 14, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  40. ^ "Dome: Legacy to be highway, not fundraising issue - Under the Dome". July 17, 2011. Archived from the original on September 18, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2012.

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U.S. 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

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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José E. Serrano
United States Representatives by seniority
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Rosa DeLauro
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