David Price

David Price


Current Position: US Representative since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

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.

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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 Chairman of 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 also serves on the House Budget Committee. He is a recognized leader on foreign policy, serving as Chairman 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.

Personal Background

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.

Recognized Leadership

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 Policy 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.


Work Experience

  • Faculty
    Yale University
    1967 to 1973
  • Professor
    Duke University

    973-1986, 1995-1996

  • Staff director of the commission on presidential nomination for the Democratic National Committee
    1981 to 1982
  • Chair
    North Carolina Democratic Party
    1983 to 1984



Birth Year: 1940
Place of Birth: Erwin, TN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Lisa Price
Children: Michael Price, Karen Price




Washington D.C. Office
2108 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202.225.1784
Fax: 202.225.2014

Chapel Hill-Durham Office
1777 Fordham Blvd
Suite 204
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 919.967.7924
Fax: 919.967.8324

Raleigh Office
436 N. Harrington St
Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919.859.5999
Fax: 919.859.5998


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Recent Elections

2020 Democratic Primary for 4th District

David Price (D)151,93886.7%
Daniel Ulysses Lockwood (D)23,20913.3%


PRICE, DAVID E has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $5,175,645.

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House Committee on Appropriations
House Committee on the Budget


Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
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Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Appropriations & Budget

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and member of the House Budget Committee, I have fought consistently for robust investments in education, innovation, infrastructure, and the other things that make our nation strong, while also working to promote fairness and fiscal responsibility in the federal budget process.

In the current Congress, I serve as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, which oversees federal transportation and housing funding. I also serve on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.

My role as the only Appropriations Committee member from North Carolina has also allowed me to ensure that our state gets its fair share of federal resources by fighting for programs and projects on which it depends, including scientific and biomedical research. I have also secured funding for a wide range of local projects that directly benefit the Fourth District.

As your representative, I will continue to fight for a federal budget that protects critical domestic investments while also charting a responsible path back to fiscal balance. I hope you will keep in touch with me as Congress debates these important issues.

Campaign Reform

I believe we are at a tipping point in the short history of campaign finance reform: We can either stand by the common-sense reforms enacted after the Watergate scandal, or we can cede control of political campaigns entirely to the wealthy and monied interests.  The responsible choice is clear.

I have been at the forefront of Democratic efforts to protect our electoral process and have authored legislation, the Empowering Citizens Act, which would modernize and refine the presidential campaign financing system, create a new small donor matching system for congressional campaigns, and establish clear rules on coordination between candidates and “Super PACs.”  These commonsense, concrete steps would diminish the influence of high-dollar special interests in our elections and encourage grassroots participation at all levels of politics.

I am the author of the “Stand By Your Ad” requirement, which requires candidates to appear in, and claim responsibility for, the content of their campaign ads.  I also reintroduced my “Stand By Every Ad” legislation, which would extend the original Stand By Your Ad requirement to Super PACs.


America’s children are her greatest resource, and federal support for public education is essential to ensuring that our young people can fulfill their potential and grow into the leaders, innovators, and productive workers of tomorrow. As a product of our state’s public university system and a career educator myself, I have always regarded education as my highest priority in the Congress. My successful legislative initiatives include the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation, which supports innovative curricula and teaching methods at community colleges; the law making interest on student loans tax-deductible; and national scholarships for prospective teachers modeled on our state’s successful Teaching Fellows program.

Today, the challenges facing our education system are many, from reforming and improving the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, or “No Child Left Behind”), to making sure children from all walks of life, including those with disabilities, have equal opportunities to learn. In order to keep the doors of opportunity open to all students who strive for a bright future, we must ensure that a college education is accessible and affordable; I have supported student loan reforms which have eliminated “middlemen” and made more funds available to students on better terms. We must also take additional steps to attract and retain teachers and to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am fighting to avoid teacher layoffs and other ill-advised cuts in education funding. I believe strongly that quality education is the essential key to our economic competitiveness and prosperity, and that current efforts to cut education funding in the name of reducing the budget are dangerously misguided and counterproductive.

As your Representative, I will continue to fight to preserve and expand educational opportunities in the Fourth District and throughout the country. As Congress continues to debate education policy, I hope you will keep in touch with your views.

Energy & Environment

The wise stewardship of our natural resources is critical to our nation’s national security, public health, and quality of life, and I am a staunch supporter of efforts to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat from environmental contamination.

In order to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment – today and for future generations – we must continue to build on landmark environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. We must also continue to provide robust funding for programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the National Park Service, which help protect important wild places and make them accessible to the public. Coming from a family of avid animal lovers, I am also a strong supporter of legislation to protect animals, wildlife, and the habitat on which they depend.

In the Fourth District, we also understand the importance of new energy and environmental technologies to our economic development, and I have worked as a member of the Appropriations Committee to promote federal investments in environmental research, renewable energy technologies, and other “green” industries that will be essential to our future economic competitiveness. I am a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and together we are working to promote a more sustainable national energy policy that includes conservation and renewable energy provisions and moves us away from our dependence on fossil fuels.

Unfortunately, in the previous Congress our landmark environmental laws and our investments in a cleaner and greener future came under threat like never before. As your Representative, I will continue working to resist attempts to undercut critical environmental laws and to provide adequate funding for energy and environmental research. As Congress debates these important issues, I hope you will keep in touch with your views.

Foreign Policy

Our nation is facing new and renewed national security challenges. The brutal attacks in Paris and San Bernardino underscore the grave threat posed by Daesh, also known as the Islamic State. President Obama’s multifaceted strategy for confronting this threat has succeeded in recovering more than 40 percent of the territory held by Daesh in Iraq, but we must not relent in our efforts to combat this scourge.

American foreign policy should emphasize our role as a force for global peace and stability and as an exemplar of democratic values. In the current Congress, I serve as co-chair of the House Democracy Partnership, a bipartisan commission of the House of Representatives that provides support to parliaments in developing democracies. I was also instrumental in securing congressional support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which I strongly believe will prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and I have spearheaded successful efforts to improve transparency and accountability for private military contractors.

Gun Violence Prevention

I have always believed that reasonable measures that reduce gun violence and keep firearms out of the wrong hands are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have tried to advance commonsense reforms that protect our communities from harm while still allowing responsible, law-abiding citizens to own and use guns. Our current laws are failing us, and I refuse to believe that this issue is too complicated or too politically divisive to be addressed comprehensively and effectively.

As a Vice Chair of the House Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I have helped lead the effort within Congress to help prevent tragedies from recurring. The Task Force’s proposal calls for a reinstatement of federal bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, universal background checks on gun sales, and expanded support for mental health services. The proposal also encourages the expansion of critical law enforcement activities to reduce gun violence–such as local gun buy-back programs–and removing misguided restrictions on research into the causes of gun violence in our communities.

On the Appropriations Committee, I have led efforts to eliminate the federal ban on funding for gun violence research, which has been in place for decades. I strongly believe that this ban is outdated and misguided, and that academic research could provide important insights that could help reduce the impact of gun violence.

In an effort to jump-start consideration of comprehensive reforms, Democrats in Congress have also introduced several stand-alone bills to strengthen and improve our nation’s gun laws. Among other measures, I am a cosponsor of legislation to expand background checks and close the “gun show loophole” that allows as many as 40 percent of all guns sold in the United States to change hands without proper screening; legislation to repeal the so-called “Tiahrt restrictions” that prevent federal agencies from enforcing anti-gun trafficking laws; and legislation that would impose stricter penalties on gun dealers who skirt the law.

These bills represent sensible–and in some cases, bipartisan–reforms that would have a measurable impact on the safety of our schools and communities without preventing law-abiding citizens from using guns for self defense or recreational purposes. President Obama has made clear that achieving progress on this issue is a priority for his second term; it is now up to Congress to fulfill its responsibilities and pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence.

Housing and Community Development

All Americans should have access to a safe, affordable place to call home, but too many families in North Carolina and around the country are denied this basic necessity. Greedy, irresponsible behavior in the subprime mortgage market, abetted by lax or nonexistent regulation has made matters much worse and contributed to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, leaving far too many families in desperate situations.

As the Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, I strongly support adequate funding for a broad range of programs designed to promote affordable housing, homeownership, and community development. We have a responsibility to work together to bring the American dream within reach for as many as possible.

Military and Veterans 

We must ensure that our government makes good on its obligation to provide them with adequate health care, educational and career opportunities, and other support services. We must also ensure that those who continue to serve on active duty have the support they need from back home, whether it is adequate protective equipment, compensation for extended or repeated tours of duty, or sufficient training and recuperation time between tours.

I firmly believe that, while we must work to reduce the deficit and eliminate the debt, we must ensure that our national checkbook is not balanced on the backs of men and women who have served–and sacrificed–for our country.

As a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Appropriations, I have fought over the years to ensure that the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have the resources they need to meet the needs of service members and veterans in the Fourth District and across the country.

Transportation & Infrastructure

As Chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I lead the committee that oversees federal transportation and housing funding. These are vitally important issues in the Fourth District and throughout North Carolina. Our highways and railroads are crumbling and overcrowded, and affordable housing is all too scarce in our communities. I believe that since the House flipped in 2011, the policies of the Republican majority have left these programs chronically underfunded.

First and foremost, we must maintain our roads, highways and interstates, and bridges, which are critical to our economic prosperity as well as our quality of life. But new and widened roads alone cannot solve the traffic congestion and other problems that have become a part of daily life for many Fourth District residents. I am a strong supporter of “smart growth” development, which emphasizes greater coordination of housing, public transportation, and economic development plans at the local level, as well as an advocate for a “complete streets” policy that improves transportation options for all users – including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, older persons, individuals with disabilities, and motorists. I have worked with local leaders to advance a plan for expanded bus and regional rail, and have also helped lead the fight in Congress to expand and improve high-speed rail in critical corridors, including the Southeast. We simply must develop a true multi-modal transportation strategy in order to keep pace with our community’s needs.


News Posts

Statement from Rep. Price on Precautionary Measures
Government page – March 19, 2020

CHAPEL HILL, NC (March 19, 2020) – Congressman David Price (NC-04) released a statement after learning of recent contact with a Member of Congress:

“Yesterday, I learned that one of my colleagues with whom I work closely has tested positive for COVID-19,” said Congressman David Price. “After consulting with the Attending Physician, I determined that my contacts did not fall within guidelines that require quarantine. However, as a precautionary measure, I will be self-quarantining and working from home through March 25th. Certain members of my staff will follow the same guidelines. Fortunately, neither I, nor staff members in contact with the member, have experienced any symptoms.  I want to extend my best wishes to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Rep. Ben McAdams and my hope for their speedy recovery.”

“The health and wellbeing of every American has to be our top priority.  At home, I’ll continue working remotely with my colleagues to propose a robust package that will help families and small businesses through this difficult time. I encourage all Americans to continue heeding the recommendations of public health officials and remain at home if possible.  These necessary steps will help blunt spread of this virus.”

Rep. Price’s Opening Statement for DOT Budget Hearing with Secretary Chao
Government page – February 27, 2020

The hearing will come to order.  I’m pleased to kick off our subcommittee’s hearing season by examining the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request for the Department of Transportation.  Secretary Chao, welcome back and thank you for joining us.

Infrastructure serves as the foundation for our economy and quality of life.  It facilitates the flow of goods and services, connects people to employment and educational opportunities, and plays a significant role in our nation’s overall welfare.

There’s no question our country requires a massive infusion of investment to repair deficient bridges, restore transit systems to a state of good repair, improve our ports, and build new runways.  We must also make forward-looking investments in new service across all modes—including projects that expand intercity passenger rail and improve options for cyclists and pedestrians—with a renewed focus on safety, environmental sustainability, and resiliency in the face of a changing climate.

On this front, it’s especially disappointing to see the Department continue to push a deeply flawed rulemaking seeking to roll back fuel efficiency standards developed under the Obama administration.  If finalized, the proposal would increase pollution and emissions resulting in higher public health expenditures and cost consumers billions at the pump.  I urge DOT to reverse course.

After seemingly endless Trump administration “infrastructure weeks” that have failed to materialize into meaningful action, this subcommittee has done its part to boost investment under both Republican and Democratic House majorities.  During the last three fiscal years—beginning under the chairmanship of my good friend Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida—we have appropriated nearly $16 billion above authorized levels for highway, transit, rail, maritime, and aviation infrastructure programs.

I’m proud of what this subcommittee and its members have achieved.  At the same time, we know this is a “down payment” more than anything else.  We need to find real “pay-fors” to balance the Highway Trust Fund and to put us on a more sustainable path forward.

As part of the budget submission, the administration has put forward an $810 billion ten-year reauthorization proposal.  This is certainly an improvement over previous plans that relied on unrealistic assumptions about private investment and sought to push costs onto cash-strapped states and localities.  But it still falls well short of funding levels proposed by transportation leaders in the House and Senate, and the plan lacks significant details about policy, programs, and—most importantly—how we pay for it.

It’s one thing to keep your options open, but with the expiration of the FAST Act already upon us, the President needs to get serious about negotiating with Congress and finding new revenue for the infrastructure that virtually everyone agrees is necessary for our shared prosperity.

Turning to the administration’s FY 2021 request, the Department proposes roughly $89 billion in total budgetary resources, which is $2 billion or 2.3 percent more than the FY 2020 enacted level.  However, the request for discretionary budget authority is $21.9 billion, which is $2.9 billion or 12 percent below last year—a strange move for a president who has posed as a champion of infrastructure.

There are some bright spots, including another robust request for the oversubscribed TIGER/BUILD grant program.  I’m also especially pleased to see funding for new transit projects in the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) pipeline.

I will note, however, that the CIG program at the end of the 2019 fiscal year had roughly $1.2 billion in unallocated and unobligated carryover funds.  Combined with the FY20 funds that we just appropriated, that total rises to roughly $2 billion – essentially a full year of CIG appropriations.  We know there are many worthy transit projects across the country seeking this funding.  We need additional assurances—backed by action—that the department will administer this program in an expeditious manner consistent with congressional intent.

I also have serious concerns about the treatment of rail programs in the budget, which would slash investment in Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor, eliminate the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair program, and shift the cost of long-distance service onto states.  These proposals were roundly rejected on a bicameral, bipartisan basis last year.

Unfortunately, the budget also eliminates the popular Port Infrastructure Development Program and cuts NHTSA’s vehicle safety programs by nearly ten percent when we are grappling with new safety challenges posed by automated vehicles, large trucks, and distracted driving.

Finally, while the request would eliminate supplemental airport grants, it does propose $35.5 million to augment FAA aviation safety activities in the wake of the Boeing MAX disasters to hire new talent with critical skills, increase oversight, and bolster data analysis.  We provided similar investments in the FY20 omnibus package to ensure our skies remain safe for the flying public.  We need to learn more about this proposal and how the agency plans to use these resources.

Secretary Chao, I look forward to your testimony today and working with you to ensure DOT has the funding it needs to carry out its important mission.




Russ Bowen speaks with Rep. David Price
CBS 17
Published on March 3, 2020
By: CBS 17


Rep. David Price: Understanding the World Through Education
Phi Betta Kappa
Published on October 4, 2019
By: Phi Betta Kappa

U.S. Representative David Price (NC-4) speaks about understanding the world through liberal arts education during the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Key into Public Service launch event on June 25, 2019.

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Congressman David Price calls for President Trump’s impeachment
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