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Congressman David Price to speak on campus

"Election 2006: A Democratic Tsunami?" will be presented by Congressman David Price, 4th District, North Carolina from 3-4 p.m., Thursday, October 12 in Fletcher Hall, Room 100.  Price's lecture is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the College Democrats. Refreshments will be provided.

Price, a native Tennessean and former Professor of Political Science at Duke University, will also discuss current issues involving Congress. He is the author of The Congressional Experience (3rd edition), now being read by students enrolled in the UTC Political Science Department's course on Congress, as well as four other books on Congress and American politics.

Price was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in l986, serving until 1994.  In l996 Price ran again, winning his old seat. Price presently serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Homeland Security and Military Quality of Life/Veterans Affairs subcommittees.

This year in Congress, Price has been working to improve education by recruiting our nation's brightest young people to go into teaching with his proposed Teaching Fellows Act. He serves as ranking Democrat on the Democracy Assistance Commission, which he initiated to strengthen parliaments in emerging democracies. Price is an Assistant Whip for the House Democratic Caucus.

Born in 1940, David Price grew up in the small town of Erwin in East Tennessee. His father was a high school principal and his mother was an English teacher.

Price was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his B.A. from UNC 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).

October 6, 2006

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