Texas House Member

Rep. Price, Four

District 87

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Capitol Address:

Room E2.610

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, Texas 78768

(512) 463-0470

District Address:

Amarillo National Bank

Plaza Two

Suite 444

500 S. Taylor Street

Amarillo, Texas 79101


mailing address:

P.O. Box 2848

Amarillo, Texas 79105

(806) 374-8787

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Counties Represented:

Sherman, Moore, Potter, Carson, Hutchinson

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Biography

State Representative Walter T. Price, IV - known as "Four" since childhood - is honored to serve the people of Texas' House District 87, which consists of Carson, Hutchinson, Moore, Potter, and Sherman counties. Price was re-elected to a third term in the Texas House of Representatives with 84 percent of the general election vote. Price was first elected in 2010 with 77 percent of the general election vote and re-elected in 2012 by the same percentage.

As a fourth generation Texan, born and raised in the Panhandle, Representative Price brings to the Texas Capitol a strong sense of conservative values and a deep love of the Lone Star State. As a young man, he learned the importance of one's word and the value of a dollar by working on area farms and ranches. These character traits of integrity, hard-work, and results-oriented leadership define Price's advocacy for his constituents at the Texas Capitol. He is committed to the principles that established our beloved state - the unwavering faith in God, the courage to solve tough challenges, and the liberty to live one's dreams as vast as the Texas sky.

In addition to his service on a number of House Committees, Representative Price also serves as Vice Chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission (to which he was appointed in 2011). In that capacity, Price continues his work of reviewing the state agencies under sunset review. The sunset process determines whether the state agencies under review should continue to exist, and if so, whether they are making the best use of taxpayer dollars, maintaining transparency and accountability in their operations, and delivering the essential services as contemplated by the Texas Legislature. Since the establishment of the Sunset Commission in 1977, every dollar spent on the sunset review process has earned the state approximately $25 in savings.

This sunset review cycle includes all of the state's health and human services agencies. This provides Price with the unique leadership role of understanding and impacting the nexus between the health portion of the state budget and operational effectiveness of the state health agencies.

In addition, Representative Price focuses on solving Texas' pressing challenges. An example of his solution-oriented legislative approach is Price's joint authorship of the historic water legislation, House Bill 4 (83R), which created the State Water Implementation Fund and was constitutionally approved by 73 percent of the voters state-wide.

Price's other key legislative successes include:

2013 Session Price Legislation authored/sponsored

  • Protecting Children, the Elderly, and Persons with Disabilities - HB 220
  • Improving Patient Safety - HB 729
  • Helping Injured Texans - HB 1869
  • Increasing Protections of Persons in State Care - House Bill 2673
  • Increasing Protections of Home Care Residents - HB 2683
  • Preserving the Texas Capitol, Governor's Mansion, and Texas History Museum - SB 201
  • Continuing and Improving the Functions of the Texas Prison System - SB 213

2011 Session Price Legislation authored/sponsored

  • Enhancing Student Athlete Safety - HB 2038, known as "Natasha's Law," is recognized nationally as landmark legislation safeguarding middle school and high school student athletes from brain injuries by emphasizing brain health and concussion prevention
  • Cutting Government Waste - HB 1781
  • Sponsoring Significant Groundwater Legislation - SB 313, SB 693 and SB 737

Representative Price is an active member of the following caucuses in the Texas House of Representatives: Community College Caucus, Republican Caucus, Rural Caucus, Sportsman's Caucus, Tourism Caucus, and Veterans Caucus.

Representative Price, a graduate from Amarillo ISD's Tascosa High School, has a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree with high honors from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio. Price is in private law practice with the Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC law firm. He and his wife Karen reside in Amarillo. They have four children with the two youngest still enrolled in public schools. Price, an avid sportsman, enjoys sharing his love and respect for the Texas outdoors with his children. The family worships at the First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo.

One of Price's favorite quotes is from President Ronald Reagan, who said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It has to be fought for and defended by each generation."

last updated on 01/23/2015