Thomas E. 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 currently serves as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, making him the fifth ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.
Early life, education and career
Price was born in Lansing, Michigan.
He grew up in Dearborn, attending 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
He is the proposer of a Republican alternative health care reform bill, the Empowering Patients First Act.
In August 2010, the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further investigation of U.S. Rep. Tom Price related to his fund-raising in advance of a December vote on financial reform. Two other House members were referred to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
Price commented: "How the O.C.E. arrived at their recommendation is truly a mystery."
In 2011, he voted to prohibit funding of NPR, to terminate the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program, to extend the PATRIOT act, to repeal portions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 on multiple occasions, to reduce non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels (though he subsequently voted against several attempts to recommit that resolution with instructions),to reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions, to provide funding for government agencies, including the department of defense, through September 30, 2011, to cut the Federal Housing Authority's refinancing program, and against a resolution which would force the president to withdraw American forces from Iraq.
When 6th District incumbent Johnny Isakson declined to run for reelection in order to run for the U.S. Senate, Price entered the Republican primary for the seat. No Democrat even filed, meaning that whoever won the Republican primary would be virtually assured of being the district's next congressman. However, the 6th is so heavily Republican that any Democratic candidate would have faced nearly impossible odds in any event.
He was opposed by five other candidates, including fellow 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. LaMutt and Clay split most of the vote in Cobb, allowing Price to win the first round with 35 percent of the vote. He then defeated LaMutt in the runoff with 54 percent of the vote, all but assuring his election to Congress. He has been reelected twice against nominal Democratic opposition.
Price and his wif
e Betty reside in Roswell, and have one child, Robert Price. Betty is currently a city councilwoman for the City of Roswell. Price is a Presbyterian.
October 20th, 2011