From keeping our country safe to strengthening public education and bringing jobs to North Carolina, Congressman David Price understands the issues that matter to central North Carolina families.
The son of an English teacher and a high school principal, David grew up in the small town of Erwin, Tennessee, near the North Carolina border. At an early age, he learned the importance of education and its ability to improve lives, and throughout his career he has championed educational opportunity at all levels.
David began his undergraduate studies at Mars Hill College in the North Carolina mountains. He transferred to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill after winning a Morehead Scholarship and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and mathematics. It was here, as the Civil Rights movement swept across the south, that David first became involved in politics. In 1961, he introduced a resolution in the student legislature calling for Chapel Hill’s merchants to integrate their stores, restaurants and movie theaters. The resolution passed by one vote.
Inspired by that experience, David went on to attend Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity in 1964 and a Ph.D. in political science in 1969. He was on the National Mall when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech, and he witnessed passage of the Civil Rights Act from the Senate gallery. These experiences taught David that government can be an instrument of our common purpose, delivering justice and righting fundamental wrongs.
Price and his wife Lisa were married in 1968 and settled in Chapel Hill in 1973. After being a stay-at-home mother for many years, Lisa worked for Chapel Hill Mayors Jonathan Howes and Ken Broun and later helped found North Carolinians Against Gun Violence. She was its Executive Director until retiring in 2007. The Prices have two children and two grandchildren. Karen is a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, and Michael teaches evolutionary psychology at Brunel University in London. He is married to the former Jade Gibson of Fredericksburg, VA; they are the parents of Charles Albert born in 2006, and Margaret Elizabeth, born in 2009.
Before entering Congress, David taught political science and public policy at Duke University.
David is a member of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, where he has taught Sunday School and chaired the official board.
A Strong Record of Service
David has worked in Congress to promote the values and interests of central North Carolina residents. He serves on the Appropriations Committee and is the ranking member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee. He also serves on the subcommittees for Homeland Security, which funds critical infrastructure and economic development needs, and State and Foreign Operations, which supports our diplomacy and foreign aid. In addition, David chairs the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission to strengthen representative institutions in emerging democracies throughout the world, including countries of strategic importance to the United States like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
As ranking member of the Transportation and Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, David has worked to provide robust funding to rebuild our crumbling transportation infrastructure and expand access to affordable housing. He has also been a vocal advocate for lifting the deeply-misguided sequestration budget caps and increasing federal investments in critical priorities – like biomedical research – that drive innovation and create new jobs.
Among David’s top priorities in Congress are improving public schools and making higher education more affordable for all North Carolinians. He wrote and helped pass the Price Education Affordability Act (Public Law 105-34), which gives parents and students a tax break on their education loans. He also authored legislation to recruit high quality teachers to classrooms throughout America, modeled after North Carolina’s successful Teaching Fellows program (Public Law 110-315). And he authored legislation to strengthen high-tech worker training through community and technical colleges with his Advanced Technical Education Act (Public Law 102-476).
David has also enacted legislation to help consumers understand the consequences of making only the minimum payment on their credit cards (Public Law 111-24), and to ensure that candidates for public office stand by the content of their ads with specific disclosure statements (Public Law 107-155).
"In touch with the Triangle, working for us."
David knows that the last few years have been tough for families in central North Carolina, and that’s why he has made job creation his top priority. David will continue to push for practical steps to create jobs and strengthen the economy, rather than going back to the failed policies of the past. He believes our economic recovery depends on three strategies, each dependent on the others: continued investment and business incentives to spur economic growth, tough new rules to protect consumers and taxpayers from Wall Street abuses, and a return to balanced budgets and reduced debt.
He has fought for North Carolina by securing investments in the people and infrastructure of our region through the Recovery Act. He helped pass major legislation to give individuals greater control over their health care, ending abusive insurance practices like denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and protecting patients from rapidly escalating premiums and fine print that limits coverage when it is needed most. He continues to support a national energy policy that will reduce our dependence on oil and transition us to a clean energy economy.
Like so many others in the region, David and his family have long cherished the Triangle's good schools, safe neighborhoods, and thriving business climate. As our 4th District Congressman, he is committed to maintaining and enhancing that quality of life through improved public education and worker training, better roads and transit options, enhanced air and water quality, and targeted investments in research and innovation. David believes in the Triangle's success story, and his accomplishments in Congress will help expand that legacy to more of the state in generations to come.