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Tom Price
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 6
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 9
PredecessorJohnny Isakson (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$9.38 in 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,482,458
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDearborn High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
M.D.University of Michigan, Emory University
BirthdayOctober 8, 1954
Place of birthLansing, Michigan
Net worth$8,266,243.50
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas E. Price (b. October 8, 1954, in Lansing, MI) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Price was elected by voters from Georgia's 6th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004.

Price ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 6th District. He won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Price announced on May 10, 2013, that he would not run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.[2]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Price is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Price was born in Lansing, MI. He grew up in Dearborn, MI, and 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.[4]


  • For nearly twenty years, Price worked in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon.[4]
  • Price returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor.[4]
  • Price also served as the Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training.[4]
  • 2005-Present: United States House of Representatives, Georgia's 6th Congressional District

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Price serves on the following committees:[5][6]


Key votes

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Price's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Price voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Price voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Price voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Price voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Price voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Price voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Price voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Price voted against HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Price voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Neutral/Abstain Price did not vote on House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Price voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Price voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Price voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]


On The Issues Vote Match

Tom Price's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Price is a Hard-Core Conservative. Price received a score of 14 percent on social issues and 95 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[25]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Price said on September 2, 2013, regarding the situation in Syria, "President Obama imposed his self-determined 'red line' over a year ago warning Syria that action would follow the use of chemical weapons. He then ignored the use of those same weapons this past spring. Clearly, leading from behind has consequences. It has been my firm stance that a vote must be taken in Congress to authorize the use of military force, and President Obama has stated that he will now seek congressional approval for military action in Syria. This new-found interest in what Congress thinks about anything is enormously welcome, and Congress will thoughtfully and deliberately evaluate information presented by the administration. It will require, however, that the president coherently present his rationale and strategic goals that may be accomplished by his plan. While we condemn the horrific murder of innocent people within Syria, the United States must determine whether or not our national security interest is best served by military intervention."[26]


Affordable Care Act repeal and replace

On June 5, 2013, Price announced that he would introduce legislation that would not just repeal Obamacare, but also replace the Act with a bill that would protect doctors against malpractice suits and enable lifetime insurance. If passed, this would be the 38th time the House will have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[27]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tom Price endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [28]



See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014 and Georgia's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Price announced on May 10, 2013, that he would not run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.[29]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republian primary on May 20, 2014.[3]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Georgia's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Price ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 6th District. He ran unopposed in the July 31, 2012, Republican primary. He defeated Jeff Kazanow (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[30]

U.S. House, Georgia District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Price Incumbent 64.5% 189,669
     Democratic Jeff Kazanow 35.5% 104,365
Total Votes 294,034
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Price is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Price raised a total of $10,482,458 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[35]

Tom Price's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 6) Won $2,341,155
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 6) Won $2,070,230
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 6) Won $1,603,701
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 6) Won $1,921,854
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 6) Won $2,545,518
Grand Total Raised $10,482,458


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Price's reports.[36]

Tom Price (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$1,578,307.76$570,979.65$(77,017.83)$2,072,269.58
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$2,072,269.58$352,345.15$(293,647.78)$2,130,966.95
October Quarterly[39]October 13, 2013$2,130,966.95$222,371.41$(119,873.57)$2,233,464.79
Year-end[40]January 31, 2014$2,233,464$229,731$(180,094)$2,283,101
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$2,283,101$219,524$(120,310)$2,382,315
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Price's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Price won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Price's campaign committee raised a total of $2,341,155 and spent $1,779,245.[42] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[43]

Cost per vote

Price spent $9.38 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Price's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Price won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Price's campaign committee raised a total of $2,070,230 and spent $1,218,835.[44]

U.S. House, Georgia District 6, 2010 - Tom Price Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,070,230
Total Spent $1,218,835
Total Raised by General Election Opponent
Total Spent by General Election Opponent
Top contributors to Tom Price's campaign committee
Resurgens Orthopaedics$35,583
McKesson Corp$20,000
American Assn of Orthopaedic Surgeons$15,000
AT&T Inc$10,500
Bank of America$10,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$449,064
Real Estate$72,283
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$68,150
Securities & Investment$66,783

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Price's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $5,616,252 and $10,916,235. That averages to $8,266,243.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Price ranked as the 48th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2004 and 2012, Price's calculated net worth[46] decreased by an average of 5 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Tom Price Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-40%
Average annual growth:-5%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking


Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Price is a "moderate Republican leader, as of June 13, 2013."[50]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Price most often votes with:

Price least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Price ranked 59th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[52]


Price ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[53]

Voting with party


Tom Price voted with the Republican Party 98.4 percent of the time, which ranked 13th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Price missed 112 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.7 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives


The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Price paid his congressional staff a total of $1,008,142 in 2011. He ranks 40th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 154th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[56]


Price and his wife Betty reside in Roswell, and they have one son, Robert Price, who is in college.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Johnny Isakson
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 6
Succeeded by