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Biography

Elected: 1996, 13th term.

Born: August 17, 1940, Erwin, TN

Home: Chapel Hill, NC

Education: U. of NC, B.A. 1961, Yale U., B.D. 1964, Ph.D. 1969

Professional Career: Legis. aide, U.S. Sen. Bartlett, 1963–67; Prof., Yale U., 1969–73, Duke U., 1973–86, 1995-96; Exec. dir., NC Dem. Party, 1979–80, Chmn., 1983–84; Staff dir., DNC Comm. on Pres. Nominations, 1981–82.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: Married (Lisa Kanwit) , 2 children ; 2 grandchildren

Democrat David Price was first elected in 1986, lost the seat in 1994, and regained it in 1996. Since his return, he has distinguished himself as a thoughtful voice on anti-terrorism and border security in addition to education and science issues.

Price grew up in East Tennessee, the son of a school principal and an English teacher. He is an interesting blend of political scientist, practical politician, and lay Baptist preacher. He came to Chapel Hill to go to college, worked as a young aide on Capitol Hill, earned a degree in divinity and a doctorate in political science at Yale University, and taught there for four years. In 1973, he took a job as a political science professor at Duke. He was executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party in the 1980 election season and chairman in 1983-84. With Gov. Jim Hunt, Price helped develop North Carolina’s robust straight-ticket politics.

In 1986, he ran for the House and beat Republican freshman Rep. Bill Cobey. In 1994, Price lost the seat, 50.4%-49.6%, to Fred Heineman, a former New York City police officer and Raleigh police chief in the 1970s. Two years later, Price came back for a rematch and outspent Heineman, winning 54%-44%.

Price has written four books, including The Congressional Experience, about his observations on Congress. The polarization of the two chambers has made him pessimistic about finding widespread agreement on solving the nation’s fiscal problems. “Our capacity to take them on in the bipartisan fashion that history teaches us is almost always necessary is far weaker” than it was in the 1990s, he told National Journal in May 2010.

In the House, Price’s voting record typically placed him near the center of House Democrats, but he has moved sharply leftward in recent years. A National Journal analysis found him to be the House’s 32nd most liberal lawmaker in 2012, ahead of the rest of North Carolina’s congressional delegation. In opposing a three-month extension of the federal debt limit in January 2013, he said it “is not an end to government by crisis—it is a continuation of it.” He led opposition, along with Vermont Democrat Peter Welch, to Republican efforts in 2011 to cut off federal aid to the Palestinian Authority. His Education Affordability Act, which he worked on for a dozen years and considers his proudest achievement, was folded into the 1997 Balanced Budget Act and became law. It made interest on student loans tax deductible and allowed penalty-free withdrawals from individual retirement accounts for education expenses.

In the Democratic majority years, Price was chairman of the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee. He consistently sought higher levels of spending for homeland security measures, like support for first responders, than were requested by the Bush administration. In 2007, the House passed Price’s bill establishing a code of conduct for private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. A target of the bill was North Carolina-based Blackwater, whose activities in Iraq, including the shooting of 17 people in a Baghdad square, had been extremely controversial. After President Barack Obama took office, Price crafted bills that rejected the administration’s controversial proposal to bring terrorist suspects to New York City for criminal trials and restored budget cuts that the administration had made to the Coast Guard. In 2010, he called increased drug trafficking and violence on the U.S. border “an emergency” that merited as much attention as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As the Homeland Security Subcommittee’s ranking member now that Democrats are in the minority, Price worked in 2012 to pass a bipartisan fiscal 2013 spending bill. But when it came to the House floor in June, he sharply criticized two amendments that were added by conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. One of them barred the use of federal money to provide translation services to people who cannot speak English well, a move that Price said “breaks faith with all immigrant constituencies.” The bill subsequently passed on a largely party-line vote.Price has also been active in campaign finance law. He sponsored the “stand by your ad” requirement for candidates to appear in the full frame of television ads reading their disclaimers on the air, so they would more likely be held responsible for negative ads. His proposal became part of the campaign reform law in 2002. He wants a similar requirement for Internet ads and said the Supreme Court’s March 2010 Citizens United decision allowing unlimited spending by corporations made it important to the flow of misleading ads. “The least we can do is inform viewers (about) who has bought the ads they are seeing,” he said. The same year, he sponsored a bill to make small political donors more important by matching contributions of under $200 to presidential campaigns on a 4-to-1 basis.

In the appropriations process, Price has nurtured local projects, including $272 million for a new Environmental Protection Agency complex in Research Triangle Park as well as a variety of defense- and technology-related programs for colleges in his district.

Since his return to the House in 1996, Price has been reelected by wide margins. He was a big beneficiary of post-2010 census redistricting, as state Republicans shored up GOP districts by shifting Democratic areas into Price’s. After Democratic Rep. Brad Miller decided to retire rather than face Price in a primary, he won with 74% of the vote, his highest total ever.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-1784

(202) 225-2014

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2108
Washington, DC 20515-3304

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-1784

(202) 225-2014

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2108
Washington, DC 20515-3304

DISTRICT OFFICE

(919) 859-5999

(919) 859-5998

436 North Harrington Street Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27603-5908

DISTRICT OFFICE

(919) 859-5999

(919) 859-5998

436 North Harrington Street Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27603-5908

DISTRICT OFFICE

(910) 323-0260

(910) 339-0159

301 Green Street Suite 315
Fayetteville, NC 28301

DISTRICT OFFICE

(910) 323-0260

(910) 339-0159

301 Green Street Suite 315
Fayetteville, NC 28301

DISTRICT OFFICE

(919) 967-7924

(919) 967-8324

1777 Fordham Boulevard Suite 204
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

DISTRICT OFFICE

(919) 967-7924

(919) 967-8324

1777 Fordham Boulevard Suite 204
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(919) 854-4155

2200 North Lakeshore Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 1986
Raleigh, NC 27602

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Abortion

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Animal Rights

Leigh Whittaker
Staff Assistant

Appropriations

Justin Wein
Deputy Chief of Staff; Washington Director

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Arts

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Budget

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Campaign

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Commerce

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Congress

Justin Wein
Deputy Chief of Staff; Washington Director

Consumers

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Neel Mandavilli
Staff Assistant

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Crime

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Education

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Energy

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Environment

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Finance

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Foreign

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Leigh Whittaker
Staff Assistant

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Grants

Justin Wein
Deputy Chief of Staff; Washington Director

Gun Issues

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Health

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Justin Wein
Deputy Chief of Staff; Washington Director

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Housing

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Human Rights

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Justin Wein
Deputy Chief of Staff; Washington Director

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Intergovernmental

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Labor

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Land Use

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Medicare

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Military

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

National Security

Justin Wein
Deputy Chief of Staff; Washington Director

Privacy

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Public Works

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Science

Neel Mandavilli
Staff Assistant

Seniors

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Small Business

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Social Security

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Tax

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Technology

Neel Mandavilli
Staff Assistant

Telecommunications

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Neel Mandavilli
Staff Assistant

Trade

James Hunter
Legislative Director

Transportation

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Urban Affairs

Sean Maxwell
Appropriations Associate

Veterans

Katelynn Anderson
Executive Assistant: District Scheduler

Jackson Tufts
Senior Legislative Assistant

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Women

Nora Blalock
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
David Price
Votes: 259,534
Percent: 74.47%
Timothy D'Annunzio
Votes: 88,951
Percent: 25.53%
2012 PRIMARY
David Price
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
David Price
Votes: 155,384
Percent: 57.16%
William Lawson
Votes: 116,448
Percent: 42.84%
2010 PRIMARY
David Price
Unopposed
2008 GENERAL
David Price
Votes: 265,751
Percent: 63.32%
William Lawson
Votes: 153,947
Percent: 36.68%
2008 PRIMARY
David Price
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (57%), 2008 (63%), 2006 (65%), 2004 (64%), 2002 (61%), 2000 (62%), 1998 (57%), 1996 (54%), 1992 (65%), 1990 (58%), 1988 (58%), 1986 (56%)

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