Birthdate: Oct. 8, 1954
Birth Place: Lansing, MI, United States
Residence: Roswell, GA
First Elected: 2004
District: District 6
Tom Price was born and raised in Lansing, Mich., but settled in the Atlanta suburbs after completing his medical residency at Emory University. He currently lives in Roswell, Ga. He earned a bachelor's degree and a medical degree from the University of Michigan.
He made a fortune in the 1980s after starting an orthopedic surgery practice that became the largest private orthopedic practice in the country a decade later.
He was first elected to the state Senate in 1996 and served four terms.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2004.
Price and his wife, Elizabeth, have one son.
Tom Price is a clean-cut surgeon with a strong Midwest accent. He came to Georgia for a medical residency at Emory University and never left.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2004, and quickly emerged as one of the lead GOP attack dogs in the U.S. House. He is regularly found on the House floor, blasting Democrats for what he calls misguided policies on the war in Iraq, energy and spending.
Price was among the staunchest opponents of the 2010 health care reform bill. After the June 2012 Supreme Court ruling upholding the legislation, Price vowed to push for a full repeal in the House. "Today's ruling by the Supreme Court has set a dangerous precedent by allowing this administration to continue pursuing its unbridled effort to erode personal freedom and undo the principles upon which this country was founded," said Price. "President Obama's health care law trumps personal health care choices in exchange for a more powerful Washington."
In July 2012, he praised House passage of legislation that would extend the President George W. Bush-era tax cuts. This is a temporary solution to create a window of opportunity next year for meaningful, comprehensive tax reform," he said.
On his 2012 campaign website, he said he is a proponent of replacing all federal income taxes with a national sales tax.
In February 2009, he voted against the approximately $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by President Barack Obama's administration.
Price received the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" from the National Taxpayers Union in April 2009. The union selected Price for the award in honor of his consistent support of reducing or controlling federal taxes, spending, debt and regulation.
He also earned the "Manufacturing Legislative Excellence" award from the National Association of Manufacturers. The award was given to Price for his strong support of pro-growth and pro-jobs policies.
Price is an active member of the Roswell Rotary Club, and ran for an open seat in the Georgia Senate in 1996 and won. He served two terms as Republican whip of the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Everything changed in 2002, when the GOP took over the state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. Closely allied with new Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue, Price was elected majority leader.
He filled that job for only one session. His top priority _ medical malpractice reform _ fizzled despite heavy lobbying from medical interests. A tort reform bill passed the Senate but stalled in the House. Also during that tumultuous 2003 session, Price supported Perdue's tobacco tax cut and opposed a revival of the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag, two matters that divided the new majority Republican caucus.
When Georgia's senior U.S. senator, Democrat Zell Miller, announced he was retiring from politics, U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson announced he would step down from his suburban district to seek the Senate job. A few days after the 2003 session ended, Price announced he would seek the congressional seat left vacant by Isakson. He remained in the state Senate but stepped down as majority leader.
Price did not face a GOP challenger in the 2012 primary.
Source: Associated Press