David at a Glance
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 is the ranking member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Appropriations subcommittees covering homeland security, State Department, and foreign operations funding. He is a recognized leader in foreign policy, co-chairing the House Democracy Partnership, which he initiated to help strengthen parliaments in emerging democracies. 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.
David is a native of Erwin, Tennessee. He and his wife Lisa live in Chapel Hill and are parents of two children and proud grandparents of a grandson born in 2006 and a granddaughter born in 2009.
From Educator to Congressman
David Price represents North Carolina's Fourth District a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes all of Orange County, the majority of Wake County, and the southern part of Durham County. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science. Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, David 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.
David is North Carolina’s only member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the Ranking Member on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. He is a recognized leader on foreign policy, serving as Ranking Member of the House Democracy Partnership and an outspoken advocate for Middle East peace. In North Carolina, David's constituents know him as a strong supporter of education, accessible health care, affordable housing, clean air and water, scientific research, and improved transportation alternatives.
Born in 1940, David grew up in the small town of Erwin in eastern Tennessee, where his father was a high school principal and his mother was an English teacher. David studied at Mars Hill College and then at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. 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).
David 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, a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles, and Michael, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Brunel University in London. David and Lisa are proud grandparents of Charles Albert Price (born in 2006) and Margaret Elizabeth Price (born in 2009).
David is a member of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, where he has taught Sunday School and chaired the official board.
In addition to his leadership on the Appropriations Committee and the House Democracy Partnership, David serves as a Vice Chair on the House Democracy Reform Task Force, a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and a co-chair of the Democratic Budget Group. Price also co-chairs the Democratic Caucus Faith Working Group, the National Service Caucus, the Congressional Vision Caucus, the Congressional Humanities Caucus, and the Moldova Caucus.
Price has received numerous awards and honors for his work as a legislator. He has been named a Lifetime Champion by the North Carolina Justice Center, a Champion of Science by the Science Coalition, a Distinguished Community Health Champion by the National Association of Community Health Centers, and a Legislator of the Year by the Sierra Club of North Carolina, the North Carolina Low-Income Housing Coalition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and other organizations. He is a recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Award from the American Political Science Association, the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of National Service, the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award from the United States Coast Guard, the Good Government Award from Common Cause of North Carolina, and the Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, among others.
THE FOURTH DISTRICT
I am proud to represent North Carolina's Fourth Congressional District. Centered on what's called "The Triangle," this district includes parts of Orange, Durham, and Wake counties. The Fourth District is widely recognized as one of the nation's best places to live, work, do business and raise a family.
In recent years, the Fourth District has experienced rapid economic and population growth. While the reconfigured Fourth District has retained some of its small towns and rural areas, there is a strong emphasis on research and development with Research Triangle Park (RTP) located in the heart of the district. Back in 1959, when I arrived in the Fourth District to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, few people had the vision that our area would become one of America's high-tech boom areas. RTP was born in 1959, the progeny of visionaries like Governors Luther Hodges and Terry Sanford, UNC sociology professor Howard Odum, industrialist Robert Hanes, investor Karl Robbins, contractor Romeo Guest, bankers Archie Davis and George Watts Hill, and others. It began as a research and development industrial park owned by the private, not-for-profit Research Triangle Foundation.
In addition to being a technology center, the Fourth District is also world-renowned for its institutions of higher learning. Visit my North Carolina Resources page for additional information about the fine organizations of the Fourth District as well as frequently requested links.
Sawyer Hackett, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 819-5587