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Tom Price (US politician)

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Tom Price
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Johnny Isakson
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 56th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Sallie Newbill[1]
Succeeded by Dan Moody[2]
Personal details
Born (1954-10-08) October 8, 1954 (age 59)
Lansing, Michigan
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Clark Price
Children Robert Price
Residence Roswell, Georgia
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Physician
Religion Presbyterian

Thomas Edmunds Price (born October 8, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. He previously served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Policy Committee.[3][4] He is currently vice chairman of the House Budget Committee.[5]

Early life, education, and medical career

Price was born in Lansing, Michigan. He grew up in Dearborn, where he attended Adams Jr. High and Dearborn High School.

He graduated with an M.D. from the University of Michigan. He completed his residency at Emory University in Atlanta, and decided to settle in the suburb of Roswell, where he still lives. He ran an orthopedic clinic in Atlanta for 20 years before returning to Emory as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery. Price also was the director of the orthopedic clinic at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital.

Georgia Senate (1997-2005)


In 1996, State Senator Sallie Newbill (R) decided not to run for re-election. Price was the Republican nominee for Georgia's 56th senate district. In the November general election, he defeated Democrat Ellen Milholland 71%-29%.[6] In 1998, he won re-election to a second term by defeating her in a rematch, 75%-25%.[7] In 2000 and 2002, he won re-election to a third and fourth term unopposed.[8][9]

Committee assignments

  • Administrative Affairs
  • Appropriations
  • Economic Development and Tourism (Vice Chair)
  • Education[10]
  • Ethics
  • Insurance and Labor
  • Health and Human Services
  • Reapportionment
  • Reapportionment and Redistricting (Chair)
  • Rules (Secretary)
  • Veterans and Consumer Affairs[11][11]

U.S. House of Representatives (2005-Present)



In 2004, U.S. Congressman Johnny Isakson of Georgia's 6th congressional district decided not to run for re-election in order torun for the U.S. Senate. No Democrat even filed, meaning that whoever won the Republican primary would be virtually assured of being the district's next congressman. The 6th district was so heavily Republican that any Democratic candidate would have faced nearly impossible odds in any event. Six other Republican candidates filed to run, most notably state senators Robert Lamutt and Chuck Clay. Price was the only major candidate from Fulton County, while Lamutt and Clay were both from Cobb County. On July 20, 2004, Price ranked first with 35% of the vote, but failed to reach the 50% threshold needed to win the Republican nomination. Lamutt qualified for the run-off, ranking second with 28% of the vote. Price won two of the district's three counties: Fulton with 63% and Cherokee with 35%. Lamutt carried Cobb with 31% of the vote.[12] In the August 10 run-off election, Price defeated Lamutt 54%-46%. They split the vote in Cherokee, but Price carried Fulton by a landslide of 79% of the vote. Lamutt couldn't eliminate that deficit as he won Cobb with just 59% of the vote.[13] Price won the general election unopposed.[14]


In 2006, Price drew one primary challenger, John Konop, who he easily defeated 82%-18%.[15] In November, he won re-election to a second term with 72% of the vote.[16]


Price won re-election in 2008 (68%),[17] 2010 (100%),[18] and 2012 (65%).[19]


He was the main sponsor of a Republican alternative health care reform bill, the

Tom Price opposes abortion and supported the proposed Protect Life Act, which would have denied Affordable Care Act funding to health care plans that offered abortion (the ACA already prevented public funding covering abortions) and allowed hospitals to decline to provide emergency abortion care.[35][36] He was rated at 100 by the National Right to Life Center. He was rated at 0 by Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.[37][38] He participated in the 2011 March for Life.[39]

Tom Price opposes gun control. He praised the Supreme Court's decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller, which found that the absolute prohibition of handguns in the District of Columbia was unconstitutional, and McDonald v. Chicago, which stated that the Second Amendment applied to the states.[40] He was given an "A" grade by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, a 92% approval rating overall from the National Rifle Association and a 83% approval rating[41] from the Gun Owners of America, and a 0% approval rating from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.[38][42]

Tom Price voted against a bill prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation (Nov 2007). He voted in favor of constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman (Jul 2006). Representative Price voted against H.R. 2965, which would have ended Don't ask, don't tell. He receives a 0% rating by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization.[43]

Tom Price does not support federal regulation of farming. He has voted against regulating and restricting farmers, earning him a 70% from the American Farm Bureau Federation. However, due to this belief, the National Farmers Union gave him a 0% approval rate.[44] He supported the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, stating that it would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from applying too many regulations to farming and ranching.[45] He also voted for the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012 which, had it become law, would have made supplemental agricultural disaster assistance available, if needed.[46][47]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Price and his wife Betty reside in Roswell, and have one child, Robert Price.[48] Betty is currently a city councilwoman for the City of Roswell.[49] Price is a Presbyterian.

See also

Biography portal


External links

  • Congressman Tom Price official House site
  • Tom Price for Congress
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Ballotpedia
  • NNDB
  • Project Vote Smart
  • GovTrack
  • OpenCongress
  • Roll Call
  • Federal Election Commission
  • The Washington Post
  • Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
  • On the Issues
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Washington Post
  • WorldCat catalog)
  • C-SPAN programs
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Bloomberg News
  • The Washington Post
  • SourceWatch
Preceded by
Johnny Isakson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th congressional district

January 3, 2005 – present
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ted Poe
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Dave Reichert
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jeb Hensarling
Chairman of the Republican Study Committee
Succeeded by
Jim Jordan
Preceded by
Thad McCotter
Chairman of House Republican Policy Committee
Succeeded by
James Lankford

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