Tom Price

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Tom Price
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23rd United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
February 10, 2017 – September 29, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Sylvia Mathews Burwell
Succeeded by Don J. Wright (Acting)
Chair of the House Budget Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Paul Ryan
Succeeded by Diane Black (Acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 6th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – February 10, 2017
Preceded by Johnny Isakson
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 56th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Sallie Newbill
Succeeded by Dan Moody
Personal details
Born Thomas Edmunds Price
October 8, 1954 (1954-10-08) (age 63)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Betty Clark
Children 1
Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA, MD)

Thomas Edmunds "Tom" Price (born October 8, 1954) is an American physician and politician. He is the 23rd United States Secretary of Health and Human Services serving from February 10, 2017 to September 29, 2017.

Price was U.S. Representative for GA's 6th congressional district, serving from 2005 through 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. He formerly served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Policy Committee.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Price was born in Lansing, Michigan. He was raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the 1980s.

United States representative (2005–2017)[change | change source]

Price served as a United States representative from 2005 through 2017. Price's district served the northern suburbs of Atlanta.[2] Price served as chairman of the House Budget Committee.[3]

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (2017)[change | change source]

On November 29, 2016, it was announced that Price would be nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services by President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office.[4]

On February 1, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee approved his nomination by a vote of 11-0 with all Democrats boycotting the vote, sending the nomination to the Senate floor.[5] On February 10, the Senate confirmed Price in an 52-47 vote.

In March 2017, Price endorsed the American Health Care Act, a bill proposed by House Republicans that would repeal the individual mandate and make several other major changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[6]

In a series of reports in September 2017, Politico reported that since May 2017, Price had expended more than $1 million of Department funds for his own travel on private charter jets and military aircraft.[7] Many of the flights were between cities that are easily accessible by train or car and have frequent, low-cost commercial airline service.[8]

On September 29, 2017, Price resigned, becoming the shortest tenured Secretary of Health and Human Services.[9]

Personal life[change | change source]

Price is married to Betty Price. They have one son together. Price is a Presbyterian.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lillis, Mike (February 19, 2011). "GOP policy leader Price: 'More cuts and more reforms are on the way'". The Hill. 
  2. Harper, Charlie (November 18, 2010). "Tom Price Elected Chairman Of House Republican Policy Committee". Peach Pundit. 
  3. "Budget Committee Members". House of Representatives Committee on the Budget. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  4. "Trump picks Congressman Tom Price as health and human services secretary". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  5. Lee, M. J. (1 February 2017). "Republicans suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations". CNN. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  6. CNN, Lauren Fox and Deirdre Walsh. "Republicans unveil bill to repeal Obamacare". CNN. Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  7. Pradhan, Rachana; Diamond, Dan. "Price took military jets to Europe, Asia for over $500K". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  8. Pradhan, Rachana; Diamond, Dan (September 21, 2017). "Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times". Politico. Retrieved September 25, 2017. 
  9. Producer, Kevin Liptak, CNN White House. "Price out as HHS secretary after private plane scandal". CNN. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  10. Joan Frawley Desmondy (January 20, 2017). "Tom Price, Trump's Pick for HHS Secretary, Could Define Administration's Legacy". National Catholic Register. 

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Tom Price at Wikimedia Commons