|Texas House of Representatives, District 87|
|2011 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas-Austin, 1990|
|J.D.||St. Mary's University of Law, 1995|
|Profession||Law firm manager|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 Controversies
- 10 Recent news
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Price earned a B.B.A. from the University of Texas-Austin in 1990 before attending St. Mary's University of Law for a J.D. which he completed, magna cum laude, in 1995.
Price is a co-managing shareholder at Irwin, Merritt, Hogue, Price & Carthell, P.C. In the past, he worked for Mullin, Hoard & Brown LLP, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, First National Bank of Amarillo as a senior vice president and general counsel, and the Honorable Mary Loud Robinson as a judicial law clerk and briefing attorney. He also worked as a commercial and corporate credit analyst.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Price served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Licensing & Administrative Procedures|
|• Transparency in State Agency Operations (Select)|
During the 2011-2012 legislative session, Price served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Culture, Recreation, & Tourism|
|• Natural Resources|
University of Texas investigations
- See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial
After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals. Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed. According to his accusers, Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden. However, a letter from University chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in February 2014 said that Hall likely requested fewer than 100,000 pages. In addition, Cigarroa wrote: "During testimony before the Select Committee, some early witnesses implied that the U.T. System has not protected the privacy rights of students, staff, and patients. This is simply not true."
An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as Regent. Some legislators are justifying the impeachment under the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list. The lack of lawsuit disclosure by Hall is not unique -- more than 9,000 lawsuits were not disclosed by other appointed Texas officials. No unelected official has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office. Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees. He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater." Texas state legislators have never previously tried to remove an appointed official. Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.
Richard Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, criticized the impeachment process in a November interview with the Austin American-Statesman. He called the impeachment process the "nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to other members of higher education boards. Legon suggested that the board should have first been given the opportunity to address Hall's requests. "It’s fine for a board member to seek information through the appropriate path. The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board," he said.
A January 2014 review by the law firm Hilder & Associates concluded that there was "no credible evidence of a violation of [the state government code] that would warrant a referral for criminal prosecution." The report concluded that Hall had a legitimate reason for having the documents in question. "In light of the fundamental role attorneys play, it would lead to an absurd result were it criminal for an official to provide student records to his or her attorney in the face of litigation, or anticipated litigation, involving these records," Philip Hilder wrote in the report. Hilder submitted the report to the legislative committee. The Board of Regents hired the firm to review whether Hall may have violated any federal privacy laws in his handling of student information. November 2013 testimony prompted committee-member Trey Fischer to request the inquiry. Committee member Dan Flynn said he was not surprised by the findings and was pleased the university counsel reached a conclusion.
Committee on transparency activity
Price is one of the eight members of the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, which is overseeing the investigation into a possible impeachment. The committee was formed in 2013, specifically existing to explore the possibility of impeaching Hall. The committee is holding hearings in late 2013 to hear testimony from individuals from the university system.
- Did Hall fail to disclose material information on his application to be a regent?
- Did he reveal information about students that violated their privacy?
- Did he exceed his role as a regent in requesting massive amounts of information from UT-Austin?
Request for personal computers
In November 2013, committee member Trey Martinez Fischer submitted a request indicating a desire to look at Hall's personal computers, iPads and smartphones as part of the investigation. "we must consider forensic examination of the personal or professional electronic communications of the regents in order to ensure compliance with the law," Fischer wrote in a letter to committee attorney Rusty Hardin.
Subpoena of Hall
At a November 12, 2013 meeting, the committee issued a subpoena for Hall to appear on December 10. However, legislators quickly rescinded the subpoena, since no meeting was scheduled until December 18. Legislators also voted to issue subpoenas to University of Texas Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and University of Texas, Austin President Bill Powers to appear at the December 18, 2013 meeting. With no subpoena having yet been issued to Hall, his lawyers sent a letter to the committee asking for clarification. With Francisco Cigarroa and Bill Powers already subpoenaed, Hall's lawyer Allan Van Fleet requested that the committee respond regarding whether it would also subpoena Hall. He said that Hall's lawyers have told him not to appear before the committee without a subpoena. On December 5, 2013, Van Fleet sent a letter to the committee requesting that the co-chairs announce whether Hall would indeed be subpoenaed. Van Fleet's request asked for an answer by the end of the day. In response, committee attorney Rusty Hardin said "We're not going to adhere to his deadline. He doesn't get to pick the time and place." Van Fleet pointed out that providing two weeks' notice for testimony is the standard to allow individuals to prepare testimony. He added that the letter has "caused confusion about the committee's intentions."
On December 10, 2013, the committee sent a letter to Hall asking that he testify -- but they did not issue a subpoena. The committee sent a one-page, two-paragraph letter that invited Hall to testify and provide a list of witnesses. On December 16, 2013, Hall's attorney Allan Van Fleet said Hall would not testify at the December 18 committee hearing. Van Fleet wrote: "Regent Hall has volunteered a number of times in the past to share his views with legislative Committees about the challenges and opportunities faced by the UT System. Though these offers have never been accepted, he remains interested in sharing his views, in collaborating with all policy makers on initiatives that will benefit the UT System, and in working with the committees to improve the transparency and accountability practices that should guide all UT System activities."
Hall was invited to testify but was not given a subpoena, which is often perceived to provide some legal protection to the witness. Other individuals -- such as Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and University of Texas Austin President Bill Powers -- were given formal subpoenas. Legislators criticized Hall for not agreeing to testify, despite the differing set of circumstances given to Hall. "It’s very disappointing to me that he and his attorney do not understand or do not care to observes the rules and procedures of the Texas House of Representatives and have decided they are not going to appear to testify," said co-chair Dan Flynn. Committee member Charles Perry noted that while all individuals who testified were given an official subpoena, Hall himself was not granted one. In fact, it was more directly avoided by the committee, after it first sent him a subpoena only to withdraw it. A subpoena would have insulated individuals from risk in violating FERPA.
Empower Texans response
In December 2013, the nonprofit organization Empower Texans sent a mailer criticizing committee chair Carol Alvarado. The mailer stated that lawmakers improperly focused on Hall's behavior, rather than investigating the allegations of clout at the University of Texas, Austin. Alvarado called the mailer the action of "an outside group that’s trying to influence an investigation." Empower Texans president Michael Quinn Sullivan said the legislature was engaging in a "whitewashing" of potential university wrongdoings. "We're impeaching someone for asking questions," he said.
Price's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt:"My Christian faith guides and directly impacts my public policy decisions. To do otherwise would be inconsistent with my Christian faith. It is the source of my strength and comfort whether life’s circumstances are difficult or peaceful. - See more at: http://www.fourprice.org/fours-4-core-values#sthash.Hdj6gQGM.dpuf"
Marriage & Family
- Excerpt:"I believe that marriage is not just a civil commitment, but also a sacred bond between a man and a woman. A marriage between a man and a woman who love, respect and support each other is most ideal to the nurturing of children into productive members of society. - See more at: http://www.fourprice.org/fours-4-core-values#sthash.Hdj6gQGM.dpuf"
Sanctity of Innocent Life
- Excerpt:"I believe it is essential in a civilized society to protect the most vulnerable – persons who are frail due to age or disability and persons who are alive in the womb but not yet born. I am unabashedly pro-life and believe that life begins at conception. - See more at: http://www.fourprice.org/fours-4-core-values#sthash.Hdj6gQGM.dpuf"
Capitalism Equals Freedom
- Excerpt:"Capitalism is the economic reason why America is the most free, prosperous and productive society in history. - See more at: http://www.fourprice.org/fours-4-core-values#sthash.Hdj6gQGM.dpuf"
Price's website highlighted the following campaign themes: Border Security
- Supports Texas acting independently to secure the border.
- Supports increased local control.
- Opposes any voucher system that diminishes funding otherwise available for public schools.
- Supports strengthening the community college system for those who do not want to pursue a four-year degree.
- Opposes raising taxes to balance the budget.
- Supports strong 2nd Amendment rights.
- Supports local groundwater conservation districts over state-wide legislation.
- Supports a strong oil and gas industry.
- Opposes cap-and-trade laws.
Private property rights
- Supports private property rights, including in the context of eminent domain and water policy.
- Supports low taxes.
- Supports predictable regulation.
- Opposes gay marriage.
- Opposes euthanasia.
- Opposes the embryonic stem cell research.
- Supports a sound voter identification program.
Elections for the office of Texas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on March 4, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Four Price was unopposed in the Republican primary, and Abel Bosquez was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Price won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 87. Price was unopposed in the May 29 primary and defeated Abel Bosquez (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 87, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Four Price Incumbent||77.3%||32,564|
Price won election to Texas House of Representatives District 87 in 2010. He defeated Victor Leal in the March 2 Republican primary. He then defeated Democratic candidate Abel Bosquez and Libertarian James Hudspeth in the November 2 general election.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 87 |
2010 General election results
|Four Price (R)||16,979||77.32%|
|Abel Bosquez (D)||4,148||18.89%|
|James Hudspeth (L)||830||3.78%|
Comprehensive donor information for Price is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Price raised a total of $863,849 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.
|Four Price's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Texas State House, District 87||$333,382|
|2010||Texas State House, District 87||$530,467|
|Grand Total Raised||$863,849|
2012Price won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Price raised a total of $333,382.
|Texas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Four Price's campaign in 2012|
|Texas Oil & Gas Association||$5,000|
|Texas Medical Association||$3,700|
|Texas Cattle Feeders Association||$3,500|
|Texas Assocation Of Realtors||$3,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$333,382|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Price won election to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Price raised a total of $530,467.
|Texas House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Four Price's campaign in 2010|
|Hare, Linda Latham||$18,065|
|Walker, Reid S||$16,069|
|Texans For Lawsuit Reform||$10,044|
|Smith, G Stacy||$10,000|
|Matthews, Mr & Mrs Kade||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$530,467|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2012, Price’s endorsements included the following:
- Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
- Texas Farm Bureau AgFund.
- Texas Alliance for Life PAC.
- Texas association of Business (Business & Commerce PAC).
- National Federation of Independent Business/Texas SAFE Trust.
- Texas Association of Realtors.
- HOSPAC (Texas Hospital Association).
- TEXPAC (Texas Medical Association).
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.
Prince received a score of 41.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index, compared to the grade of C that Prince received for the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Four Price received a grade of C on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
Price and his wife, Karen, have four children, Curry, Abby, Cody, and Brooke. Price is a fourth generation Texan.
Community service and involvement
Price served as the director of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, the Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Foundation, and the Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Center. He is the President of the Amarillo Area Bar Association. He is a former deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Armarillo and a member of the University of Texas Ex-Student Association, the National Rifle Association of America, and the Texas State Rifle Association.
Water rights sale
In February 2010, Price was questioned on any connection with the sale of local groundwater rights, by sellers with the same surname, to T. Boone Pickens for exportation.
Price has denied any connection, saying that he doesn't have any dealing with Pickens on issues dealing with water, and that he understands how important local water resources are and will work hard to protect them.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Four + Price + Texas + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Texas House member page
- Official Campaign website
- Official Facebook Page
- Four Price's Twitter account
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010
- Contributions, Follow the Money
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Texas Tribune Profile
- Four Price LinkedIn profile
- IMHP&C, P.C.
- Four Price campaign site
- American Spectator "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
- Daily Texas Online "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
- Daily Texas Online "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
- Dallas Morning News "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
- Watchdog "‘Witch hunt’ fallout: Speaker calls for narrower public records law," February 5, 2014
- Texas Tribune "UT System Responds to Transparency Committee Directives," February 3, 2014
- Texas Tribune "Cigarroa letter to the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations," February 1, 2014
- Texas Tribune "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
- Real Clear Policy "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
- Watchdog.org "Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof," September 6, 2013
- News-Journal "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
- Texas Tribune "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
- Texas Tribune "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
- Texas Public Radio "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
- Austin American Statesman "A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert says," November 29, 2013
- Dallas Morning News "UT Regent Hall didn't commit crime, university attorney concludes,"January 16, 2014
- Watchdog "UT Report: Charge against Hall is legally 'absurd'" January 14, 2014
- Texas Tribune "Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws," January 15, 2014
- Texas Tribune Uploads "Hilder & Associates Report," January 13, 2014
- Texas State House Committees "Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee Members," accessed October 31, 2013
- Texas Monthly "Regent Wallace Hall is Another Step Closer to Impeachment," September 17, 2013
- Austin American Statesman "Transparency panel begins investigation of UT regent with closed-door session," September 16, 2013
- Texas Tribune "Lawmaker Eyes Access to UT Regents' Computers," November 4, 2013
- San Francisco Chronicle "Texas House subpoenas Hall, but then recalls it," November 12, 2013
- Texas Tribune "UT System Lawyer: Hall May Have Shared Private Info," November 12, 2013
- Austin American Statesman "UT Regent Wallace Hall might have broken privacy laws, panel members suggest," November 12, 2013
- Texas Tribune "Committee Recalls Subpoena for UT Regent Hall," November 12, 2013
- Texas Tribune "Ahead of Hearings, UT Regent Hall Requests Subpoena," December 5, 2013
- Texas Tribune "Committee Letter to Hall," December 10, 2013
- My San Antonio "Letter to Committee," December 16, 2013
- The Republic "Embattled UT Regent Wallace Hall won't testify to lawmakers considering possible impeachment," December 17, 2013
- Your Houston News "UT regent facing possible ouster won’t testify," December 17, 2013
- Texas Tribune "UT Regent Hall Declines Invitation to Testify," December 17, 2013
- News Journal "Lawmaker: Regent’s silence ’slap in face’" December 19, 2013
- Dallas Morning News "UT regent Wallace Hall won’t attend impeachment investigation," December 17, 2013
- Texas Public Radio "UT Regent Wallace Hall Declines to Speak with Lawmakers," December 16, 2013
- Watchdog "Chancellor is probing favoritism in UT admissions," December 19, 2013
- Houston Chronicle "Empower Texans mailer criticizes Hall impeachment panel," December 19, 2013
- My San Antonio "Clout Mailer from Empower Texans," December 19, 2013
- fourprice.org, "Core Values," accessed February 13, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County", accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Official Texas Election Results
- Follow the Money, "Price, Four," accessed August 14, 2013
- Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
- ConnectAmarillo, "Did Four Price sell water rights to Pickens?" February 16, 2010
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