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Full Biography

From Educator to Congressman


David Price represents North Carolina's Fourth District - a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes parts of Orange, Durham, and Wake counties. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity and Ph.D. in Political Science. 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 chairs the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security.  He is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittees responsible for funding the Environmental Protection Agency, land and water protection, and housing and transportation programs.  As the chairman of the Hosue Democracy Partnership and an outspoken advocate for Middle East peace, Price is also a recognized leader on foreign policy issues.  In North Carolina, David's constituents know him as a strong supporter of education, accessible health care, affordable housing, clean air and water, and improved transportation alternatives.

Personal Background


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 1972.  After being a stay-at-home mother for many years, Lisa worked for Chapel Hill Mayor Ken Broun and then went on to help to 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.

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

Recognized Leadership


In addition to chairing the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the House Democracy Partnership, Price serves the House Democratic Caucus as Assistant Whip.  He co-chairs the Democratic Budget Group, a weekly forum on fiscal priorities and other policy issues, as well as the Democratic Caucus Faith Working Group.  Price also co-chairs the National Service Caucus, the Congressional Vision Caucus, the Congressional Humanities Caucus, and the Future of American Media 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, and also has been recognized by Voices for AmeriCorps, the NC Low-Income Housing Coalition, the NC Public Transportation Association, the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Association of Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities, and other organizations for his work in housing, education, and transportation policy.  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 for his contributions to peace and reconciliation.