In Touch with the Triangle; Working for Us
From strengthening our democracy to improving our environment and public education, Congressman David Price understands the issues that matter to 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 the 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.
Before entering Congress, David taught political science and public policy at Duke University.
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.
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 is known as a strong advocate in Congress for everyday Triangle residents. As Chairman 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.
David also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittees for Homeland Security, which funds our immigration system, disaster response, election security, and Coast Guard, as well as the State and Foreign Operations, which supports our diplomacy and foreign aid. David also is a member of the House Budget Committee. 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 Ukraine.
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).
David believes in strengthening our democracy because he knows it’s under threat from gerrymandering, voter suppression, the influence of money in politics, and corruption at the highest levels of government. David passed legislation to ensure that candidates for public office stand by the content of their ads with specific disclosure statements (Public Law 107-155). And, he introduced the “We the People Act”, a comprehensive democracy reform bill to tackle many of these challenges.
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.