Joe Rice

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Joe Rice
Colorado House of Representatives District 38
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Consultant
Joe Rice is a former Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 38 from 2007 to 2011.

He served as Mayor of Glendale from 1996 to 2003 and on the Glendale City Council from 1994 to 1996.[1]


Rice's professional experience includes working as Vice President of RIGOR Engineering Corporate Services and self-employed consultant. He served as a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

Committee assignments


Rice provided answers to the Colorado State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities Rice replied:

  • 1. "Continue to invest in the new energy economy and renewable energy sources that are good for the environment and good for the economy. Investments of the last few years have yielded an increase in jobs and economic activity."
  • 2. "Reform tax system to ease burdens on business, particularly small businesses. Update tax code to a 21st century economy. Steps taken last year to reduce taxes have improved Colorado's business climate and overall economy (CNBC Rankings)."
  • 3. "Reform the antiquated transportation funding system as described in the "State Taxes" section above."[2]

Rice's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 09-1001 - Income Tax Credit For CO Job Growth
  • HB 09-1085 - Mortgage Loan Originator Licensing Act
  • HB 09-1358 - Create Healthcare System For Colorado
  • SB 10-191 - Quality Instruction Through Educator Effectiveness [3]

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.



See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rice ran for re-election to the 38th District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the August 10 primary. Rice was defeated by Kathleen Conti (R) in the November 2 general election.

Colorado House of Representatives, District 38 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kathleen Conti (R) 15,701
Joe Rice (D) 14,809


On November 4, 2008, Rice won re-election to the 38th District seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, defeating opponent Dave Kerber (R).[4]

Rice raised $151,908 for his campaign, while Kerber raised $56,315.[5]

Colorado State House, District 38 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joe Rice (D) 20,357
Dave Kerber (R) 17,286

Campaign donors


Below are Rice's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[6]

Contributor 2008 total
CO Democratic Party House Majority Project $10,200
CO Education Assoc $4,250
Apartment Assoc of Metro Denver $4,025
CO Assoc of Realtors $4,000
Service Employees Local 105 $4,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Colorado House District 38
Succeeded by
Kathleen Conti