David Eugene Price (born August 17, 1940) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for North Carolina’s 4th congressional district since 1997, previously holding the position from 1987 to 1995. A member of the Democratic Party, he represents a district covering much of the heart of the Triangle, including all of Orange County and parts of Wake and Durham counties. It includes most of Raleigh, parts of Durham, and all of Cary and Chapel Hill. Price is the dean of North Carolina’s delegation to the House of Representatives.[1] He has announced that he will retire from Congress in 2022.[2][3]

Early life and education

Born in Erwin, Tennessee, Price attended Mars Hill College when it was a junior college.[4] He later transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after winning a Morehead Scholarship and became a member of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies.[5] He earned his degree in 1961.[4] Originally intent on becoming an engineer,[4] Price continued his education at Yale University, where he received a theology degree (1964) and a Ph.D. in political science (1969).[6]

Career

Price served as an aide to Alaska Senator Bob Bartlett from 1963 to 1967 and then entered academia, working as a political science and public policy professor at Duke University from 1973 until his first campaign for Congress in 1986.[6] He also served as a Duke professor during 1995 and 1996, when he was not in Congress.[6]

Price worked for the North Carolina Democratic Party from 1979 to 1984.[6] He has written a political science textbook, The Congressional Experience, from the perspective of a candidate for office and then a member of Congress. Price also served as executive director and then state chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party before his election to Congress.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

1986–1992

Price first entered Congress in 1987 after defeating one-term Representative Bill Cobey, 56% to 44%.[6][7] He was reelected in 1988 and 1990 with 58% of the vote.[8][9] In 1992, he was reelected with 65%.[10]

1994

In 1994, Price lost to the Republican nominee, former Raleigh police chief Fred Heineman, by a margin of less than 1%[11] during the Republican Revolution, in part due to lower-than-expected turnout in the Democratic stronghold of Orange County[citation needed] (home to Chapel Hill), but despite the fact that heavily Republican Randolph County had been eliminated from the fourth district during redistricting.[4]

1996

In 1996, Price defeated Heineman in a rematch, 54% to 44%.[12] He was helped in part by voters who were not happy with the lack of progress made by the freshman class on the goals of the Contract with America.[13]

1998–2006

The district reverted to form, and Price was reelected by wide margins in 1998 (57%), 2000 (62%), 2002 (61%), 2004 (64%), and 2006 (65%).[14]

2008–2020

Price’s opponent in the 2008 election was Republican B.J. Lawson. Lawson was called the most formidable opposition Price had faced since he lost to Heineman in 1994.[15] For example, he ran television ads, which Price’s opponents hadn’t done in at least a decade.[16] Despite Lawson’s increased efforts and expenditures, Price defeated him, 63% to 37%.[17]

Price launched his 2010 reelection campaign on September 8 of that year. Price defeated Lawson in a rematch, 56% to 44%.[18]

In 2012, Price defeated the Republican nominee, businessman Tim D’Annunzio. In 2014, he defeated Republican Paul Wright, a trial lawyer, former District Court and Superior Court judge and 2012 candidate for governor of North Carolina. In 2016, Price defeated Republican nominee Sue Googe. In 2018, he defeated Republican nominee Steve Von Loor and Libertarian nominee Barbara Howe. The 4th district was reconfigured as a result of court-mandated redistricting in 2019. The new district shed much of its Raleigh sections in exchange for all of Durham County and several other more rural counties. In 2020, Price defeated Republican nominee Robert Thomas with more than 67% of the vote.[19]

Tenure

Price in 1992

Price was an early opponent of the Iraq War of 2003[20] and sponsored a bill to bring the conduct of private military companies working in Iraq under legal jurisdiction of the United States.[21] He has also introduced legislation to prohibit contractors from performing interrogations of prisoners in the custody of intelligence agencies.[22]

As chairman of the 2008 House subcommittee responsible for determining the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, Price sought to focus immigration enforcement efforts on criminal convicts.[23][24]

Price authored a provision of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 that made the interest on student loans tax-deductible,[25] and legislation creating the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation, which provides grants for high-tech education in community colleges and was enacted in 1993.[26] He voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008,[27] reasoning that “the harmful effects of the credit crisis on all North Carolinians were too great for the federal government to sit on the sidelines.”[28] and for “[defending] critical emergency management and homeland security priorities” received an award from the association of state emergency managers.[29] In December 2009, he voted for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which enacted more stringent regulations on the financial industry to protect consumers and taxpayers from another financial crisis.[30]

Price is the author of legislation to reform the public financing system for presidential campaigns.[31]

Price has opposed concentration of media ownership. He worked on legislative initiatives to roll back the FCC’s 2003 rules[32] and co-sponsored an unsuccessful bill to overturn another 2008 FCC approval of media consolidation.[33] Price voted for the 2006 “Markey amendment” to establish network neutrality in the Communication Act of 1934.[34]

In 2013, Price voted against the amendment to the Patriot Act that would have eliminated Section 215 and curtailed the National Security Agency’s controversial data collection program.[35]

On October 18, 2021, Price announced that he would not seek reelection.[2]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Price also chairs the House Democracy Assistance Commission.[43]

Personal life

Price married his wife, Lisa Kanwit, in 1968. They were longtime Democratic Party activists together,[4] and have two children: Karen, a filmmaker; and Michael, a professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Brunel University in London.[6] They have three grandchildren.[6] Price resides in Chapel Hill[4] and is a member of the Binkley Memorial Baptist Church.

Price received the 2011 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council.[44]

Electoral history

1986 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[45][46]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price 32,098 48.30
DemocraticWilma Woodard21,42232.23
DemocraticWilliam W. Webb6,4889.76
DemocraticKirsten Nyrop6,4509.71
Total votes66,458 100.00
General election
Democratic David Price 92,216 55.66
RepublicanBill Cobey (incumbent)73,46944.34
Total votes165,685 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican
1988 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[47]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 131,896 58.01
RepublicanTom Fetzer95,48241.99
Total votes227,378 100.00
Democratic hold
1990 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[48][49]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 51,122 91.32
DemocraticRobert B. Coats2,4824.43
DemocraticPaul E. Moore2,3774.25
Total votes55,981 100.00
General election
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 139,396 58.07
RepublicanJohn H. Carrington100,66141.93
Total votes240,057 100.00
Democratic hold
1992 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[50]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 171,299 64.63
RepublicanLaVinia “Vicky” Rothrock Goudie89,34533.71
LibertarianEugene Paczelt4,4161.67
Total votes265,060 100.00
Democratic hold
1994 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[51]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Fred Heineman 77,773 50.39
DemocraticDavid Price (incumbent)76,55849.61
Total votes154,331 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic
1996 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[52]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price 157,194 54.39
RepublicanFred Heineman (incumbent)126,46643.76
LibertarianDavid Allen Walker4,1321.43
Natural LawRussell Wollman1,2010.42
Total votes288,993 100.00
Democratic gain from Republican
1998 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[53][54]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 17,282 86.60
DemocraticRalph M. McKinney Jr.2,67513.40
Total votes19,957 100.00
General election
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 129,157 57.43
RepublicanTom Roberg93,46941.56
LibertarianGary Goodson2,2841.02
Total votes224,910 100.00
Democratic hold
2000 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[55][56]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 56,886 89.16
DemocraticJohn W. Winters Jr.6,91910.84
Total votes63,805 100.00
General election
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 200,885 61.65
RepublicanJess Ward119,41236.64
LibertarianC. Brian Towey5,5731.71
Total votes325,870 100.00
Democratic hold
2002 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[57]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 132,185 61.18
RepublicanTuan A. Nguyen78,09536.15
LibertarianKen Nelson5,7662.67
Total votes216,046 100.00
Democratic hold
2004 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[58]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 217,441 64.10
RepublicanTodd Batchelor121,71735.88
LibertarianMaximilian Longley (write-in)760.02
Total votes339,234 100.00
Democratic hold
2006 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[59][60]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 39,520 89.52
DemocraticKent Kanoy2,7566.24
DemocraticOscar Lewis1,8734.24
Total votes44,149 100.00
General election
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 127,340 64.99
RepublicanSteven Acuff68,59935.01
Total votes195,939 100.00
Democratic hold
2008 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[61]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 265,751 63.32
RepublicanB.J. Lawson153,94736.68
Total votes419,698 100.00
Democratic hold
2010 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[62]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 155,384 57.16
RepublicanB.J. Lawson116,44842.84
Total votes271,832 100.00
Democratic hold
2012 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[63]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 259,534 74.47
RepublicanTim D’Annunzio88,95125.53
Total votes348,485 100.00
Democratic hold
2014 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 169,946 74.75
RepublicanPaul Wright57,41625.25
Total votes227,362 100.00
Democratic hold
2016 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[65]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 279,380 68.22
RepublicanSue Googe130,16131.78
Total votes409,541 100.00
Democratic hold
2018 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[66][67]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 52,203 77.09
DemocraticMichelle Laws11,12016.42
DemocraticRichard L. Watkins4,3916.49
Total votes67,714 100.00
General election
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 242,067 71.96
RepublicanSteve A. “Von” Loor82,05224.39
LibertarianBarbara Howe12,2843.65
Total votes336,403 100.00
Democratic hold
2020 North Carolina U.S. Representative 4th congressional district election[68][69]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 153,322 86.68
DemocraticDaniel Ulysses Lockwood23,56413.32
Total votes176,886 100.00
General election
Democratic David Price (incumbent) 332,421 67.33
RepublicanRobert Thomas161,29832.67
Total votes493,719 100.00
Democratic hold

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