United States Democratic Representative David Price, the longest-serving member of the North Carolina congressional delegation, announced Monday that he will not run again in 2022.
Price, a full professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, is currently serving his 17th term in the United States House of Representatives. It represents the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina, which includes all of Orange County, the southern part of County Durham, and most of Wake County.
Price has served in the House for all but one term since 1987.
“I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election as the representative of the Fourth Congressional District of North Carolina,” he wrote in a statement. “I do this with a deep sense of gratitude to the voters of the fourth constituency; to the supporters who supported me during 18 successive campaigns; and to my staff in Washington and the District, whose skill and dedication is responsible for the quality of the representation and the service I have been able to provide.
Price wrote that while he’s happy with what he’s accomplished during his years in the House, he knows he “shouldn’t expect a feeling of complete closure,” given he thinks there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Price attended Mars Hill College in western North Carolina before transferring to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on a scholarship. He then obtained a BA in Divinity in 1964 and a PhD in Political Science in 1969, both from Yale University.
His website indicates that as a former educator he has always viewed education as “one of the [his] highest priorities ”in Congress. Price advocated for more federal investment in education and successfully introduced the Teaching Fellowship Legislation, which “encourages the best and brightest students in our country to become teachers.”
Price has also been a strong advocate for campaign and election reform, having introduced the “Stand By Your Ad” law, which requires political candidates to appear in their ads and take responsibility for the content of their ads. The law was included in the 2002 Bipartite Campaign Finance Reform Act.
He has advocated for making real estate finance more accessible to low-income families, speeding up transportation and construction around North Carolina, tackling global warming, and investing in research, among others.
Price was also a member of the House Ethics Task Force at the start of the 110th Congress, which passed various ethics reforms and created the Independent Congress Ethics Office to hold politicians accountable for misconduct.
Price is also an advocate for preventing gun violence, ensuring adequate funding for housing and community development, and providing better support services to veterans.
He currently sits on the House Supply Committee and the House Budget Committee. He initiated and currently co-chairs the House Democracy Partnership, a panel that works with leaders of emerging democracies around the world.
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Price is the vice-chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, as well as the Co-Chair of the Democratic Caucus, National Service Caucus, Caucus Faith Task Force vision of Congress, Congress Humanities Caucus and Moldova Caucus.
Price won numerous awards and accolades during his tenure as lawmaker, including being named a Lifetime Champion by the North Carolina Justice Center and receiving the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of National Service.
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Anna Zolotor is a junior at Trinity and editor of the 117th volume of The Chronicle.