David Price

Congressman David Price, D, represents the Fourth District of North Carolina

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C. District 4, announced Monday he is retiring and will not run for reelection after his current term is up at the end of 2022. Price, 81, has served since 1997. He served four terms from 1987 to 1995, losing in 1994 before winning again in the 1996 election. In the 2020 election, Price retained his seat with 67 percent of the vote. 

North Carolina’s current 4th Congressional District includes Durham, Orange, Franklin, Granville, and parts of Wake, Chatham, and Vance counties. The North Carolina General Assembly is redrawing the state’s districts. Price’s retirement opens the door for new congressional candidates in the Triangle, an area considered a Democratic stronghold. 

“I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election as representative for North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District," Price said in a statement. "I do so with a profound sense of gratitude to the voters of the Fourth District; to the supporters who have backed me in 18 successive campaigns; and to my staff in Washington and the district, whose competence and dedication are responsible for the quality of representation and service I have been able to provide.  None of this would have been possible without the loyalty and support of my wife, Lisa, my partner in this venture all along the way, and the unfailing encouragement of family, friends, and colleagues. 

Price serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is chairman of its subcommittee for transportation, housing and urban development. 

He was an early opponent of the Iraq War in 2003, and sought to corral private military companies working in Iraq under legal jurisdiction of the U.S. 

Price wrote a provision of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 that made the interest on student loans tax deductible. In December 2009, he voted for the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Price was born in Erwin, Tennessee, and initially attended Mars Hill College before transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill. He later earned a Ph.D. in political science at Yale University. Price worked for the N.C. Democratic Party from 1979 to 1984, and served as chair just prior to his election to Congress.

He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Lisa. They have two children and three grandchildren.