|Name||Deborah "Deb" D. Pryce|
Upper Arlington, Ohio , United States
|| July 29, 1951
Oct 18, 2017 11:07pm
Single - Presbyterian -
|Info||Since her first election in 1992, Congresswoman Deborah Pryce has quickly risen through the ranks in Congress. In November of 2002, her colleagues elected her to the position of Republican Conference Chairman for the 108th Congress making Congresswoman Pryce the highest-ranking Republican woman to ever serve in the United States House of Representatives. As a former judge and prosecutor familiar with mediating disputes in court, Congresswoman Pryce is uniquely qualified for her post on the House Rules Committee, where negotiation and cooperation are often required to advance legislation to the House floor. Congresswoman Pryce�s background and reputation as a consensus builder have also earned her a third leadership position as Deputy Majority Whip. The title of a Business Week profile of Congresswoman Pryce, "Pryce: The Peacemaker," demonstrates the recognition she has gained as an honest broker and fair negotiator in Congress. |
Congresswoman Pryce has enjoyed unique assignments and special honors throughout her congressional career. When Republicans gained control of Congress in November of 1994, she was named by the Speaker-elect to the 10-member transition team assembled to ensure a smooth transition of power for the 104th Congress, serving as Chair of the Legal Committee. In her first term in Congress, the 47 members of the incoming Republican Freshman Class elected her as their first Class President, and she later served as the class� Policy Director. Congresswoman Pryce has proven herself an effective legislator. Enactment of the Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act in 1999 is a highlight of her legislative career. The law, authored by Representative Pryce, uses common-sense enforcement reforms to protect children from abuse and neglect, without increasing federal spending or imposing unfunded mandates upon states.
She has also worked to include privacy provisions to protect consumers in legislation to modernize our nation�s financial services industry. The enactment of this banking reform resulted in the update of depression-era financial services laws of the 1930�s and has allowed consumers to enjoy more choices and better costs when banking and investing.
Pryce founded Hope Street Kids, a non-profit organization focused on pediatric cancer research. Congresswoman Pryce is a key congressional leader in passing legislation to improve cancer treatment and to increase funding for cancer research, efforts to increase access to clinical trials for cancer patients. She is the author of a bill updating Medicare�s anti-cancer oral drug policy to make sure that seniors with cancer have access to all anti-cancer oral drugs.
A long-time adoption advocate, Congresswoman Pryce currently serves on the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law Advisory Board in Columbus. She has worked on adoption issues throughout her congressional career. These issues include the creation of the adoption stamp by the U.S. Postal Service and expanding and making permanent the adoption tax credit to make it more financially feasible for families to adopt children.
Pryce has also been at the forefront of the effort in Congress to secure funds for physician training at children�s hospitals, including Children�s Hospital in Columbus. Since 1997, Pryce has secured millions of dollars for pediatric Graduate Medical Education programs throughout the nation helping to provide high quality health care to America�s children.
Pryce graduated from Ohio State University in 1973, and earned a law degree at Capital University Law School in 1976, both with honors. Practicing first as a prosecutor, Congresswoman Pryce went on to serve as the presiding judge in the Franklin County Municipal Court, the post from which she resigned to run for Congress in 1992.
In 2001, Congresswoman Pryce had the honor of being inducted into the Ohio Women�s Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievements in public service. In 2002, she was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Pryce lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio with her daughter Mia. She enjoys reading and is an avid skier.
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