Tom Rice (South Carolina)
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$8.63 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Horry County Council|
|Bachelor's||University of South Carolina|
|Master's||University of South Carolina|
|J.D.||University of South Carolina|
|Birthday||August 4, 1957|
|Place of birth||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rice is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
After college, Tom worked at Deloitte & Touche in Charlotte, a worldwide accounting and consulting firm where he earned his CPA certificate. In 1985 he returned to Myrtle Beach to practice Tax Law with the Van Osdell Law Firm. In 1997, Tom established his own practice, the Rice & MacDonald Law Firm. Throughout his career as an attorney, Rice has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was certified by the Supreme Court of South Carolina as a specialist in Tax Law, Estate Planning, and Probate Law from 1994 until 2009. Since 2006 he has been included in Best Lawyers in America. Rice was elected Chairman of Horry County Council in 2010.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Mullin's academic, professional and political career:
- 2010-Present: Horry County Council Chairmen
- 2007-Present: 0f counsel at Rice, MacDonald, & Hicks Law Firm
- 1997-present: Partner, Rice & MacDonald Law Firm
- 1985-1997: Lawyer, Van Osdell Law Firm,
Rice serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Budget
- United States House Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access - Chair
- Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Investigations
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Rice's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
National Defense Authorization Act
Rice voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Rice voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Rice voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Rice voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Rice voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Rice voted against HR 2775.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Rice voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Rice has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Rice supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Common-Sense Economic Policies
Common-sense economic policies will bring good jobs that are high paying 7th congressional district. Tom will also work on lower taxes, eliminate regulations and end frivolous lawsuits.
Empower entrepreneurs because the primary role of the government is to create a fertile environment for the private sector especially small business men and women who create jobs.
Tax Reform that create taxes that are fairer, flatter and simpler.
Real Spending Reform
Real spending reform that will end the debts and deficit spending. Work to limit annual government spending to a level no greater than the taxpayer’s ability to pay.
Fight for our fair share because for way too long, counties in the 7th District have contributed much more than they will ever get in return.
Balanced Budget Amendment
Create a balanced budget amendment because Congress has proven time and time again that it lacks the discipline and the willpower to stand up to the special interests and pass a budget that spends no more than we bring in.
Strengthen our Military
Strengthen our military because the security of our homeland is the top priority of our government. Tom Rice will work to ensure that our enemies are never allowed to arm themselves with nuclear weapons.
Defend the Constitution
Defend the Constitution which includes the right to life and our Second Amendment rights. Tom Rice will also work to reignite a respect for the Tenth Amendment that empowers states and makes Washington less significant in each of our lives
Secure our Border
Fight to Secure our Border and make English the official language, while simplifying the rules for those who want to come here legally. Our porous border endangers our national security and also hurts our economy.
Fight for Term Limits
Far too many politicians put too high of a priority on being re-elected. We should honor the Founders’ intent of a real citizen-legislature. 
Rice is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 7th District. Rice is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Rice won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 7th District. Rice defeated Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Chad Prosser, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12 to advance to a runoff. He defeated Andre Bauer in the run-off election on June 26th. Rice defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Gloria Bromell Tinubu||44.4%||122,389|
|Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Tom Rice Incumbent||56.1%||16,844|
Effect of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in South Carolina
The 7th district was added following the results of the 2010 census. According to the Washington Post, despite Republican-controlled redistricting decisions, this district was a battleground for Democrats and Republicans seeking control of the U.S. House. With Republican front-runner Thad Viers deciding not to run and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th was a swing district in 2012.
AdsRice released a 30-second TV ad on May 29, 2012.
Throughout the campaign, rice and former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer campaigned hard against each other. During the Republican debate on June 4, both candidates traded barbs, and Rice accused Bauer of moving to the district a year and a half ago just to run for Congress. "Andre ran for governor, came in fourth, and then moved into this district specifically to run for a brand new seat,” Rice said. “He has no connection to this district, never lived here before. He’s jumping in here as an opportunist trying to take this new seat.” Bauer responded by saying he moved to the area well before the new district was drawn.
A Francis Marion University/SCNOW.com poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Bauer with a slim lead over the rest of the candidate field.
|South Carolina's Congressional District 7, 2012|
|Poll||Andre Bauer (R)||Tom Rice (R)||Chad Prosser (R)||Jay Jordan (R)||Katherine Jenerette (R)||Dick Withington (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(May 14-15, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
On May 14, 2012, the 7th congressional candidates attended a forum that was followed by a post-debate poll. Jay Jordan won the poll with 49 percent of the votes. Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer followed with 23 percent, and Chad Prosser came in third with 11 percent. Tom Rice garnered nine percent of the votes, and Randal Wallace ended the night with three percent.
Comprehensive donor information for Rice is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Rice raised a total of $1,428,114 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.
|Tom Rice (South Carolina)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (South Carolina, District 7)||$1,428,114|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,428,114|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rice's reports.
|Tom Rice (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Rice won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Rice's campaign committee raised a total of $1,428,114 and spent $1,321,360.
Cost per vote
Rice spent $8.63 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina, 7th District, 2012 - Tom Rice (South Carolina) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$625,273|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$625,243|
|Top contributors to Tom Rice (South Carolina)'s campaign committee|
|Burroughs & Chapin||$33,250|
|American Institute of CPAs||$10,000|
|Defender Resort Management||$10,000|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Rice most often votes with:
Rice least often votes with:
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tom Rice has voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 56th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Rice missed 1 of 92 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rice's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$16,633,986 and $10,814,993. That averages to -$2,909,496, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Rice resides in Myrtle Beach where he remains involved in various community activities. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his family and friends. He has been married to his wife, Wrenzie, for 29 years and has three grown sons– H.T., Jacob, and Lucas. Rice is counsel at Rice, MacDonald, & Hicks Law Firm.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Tom + Rice + South Carolina + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- SC bank chief: Regulation hampers community banks - GSA Business
- THE MORNING BUZZ: More bill prefiling + education and energy hearings - The State
- Sunday Buzz: Andre Bauer not putting brakes on possible SC governor's run - The State
- Officials Appoint Rice to Water Resources Committee (USA) - Dredging Today
- 'In Meat We Trust' traces how the meat industry helped shape US identity - 89.3 KPCC
- Florida St-Auburn title game to usher out BCS era - WIS
- Graham thanks Rice for work on port funding - Georgetown Times
- Tom Tancredo Leads GOP Field For Colorado Governor Amongst Republicans ... - Huffington Post
- Your daily jolt: 38 percent of state lawmakers are ALEC members - Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
- Real Estate Transactions - Bradenton Herald
<ref> tags exist, but no
<references/> tag was found
- Official campaign website
- Official U.S. House website
- Profile at Facebook
- Profile at Twitter
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at Wikipedia
- ↑ Myrtlebeachonline.com Rice joins race for 7th congressional district January 6, 2012
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map"
- ↑ Campaign website Meet Tom Rice January 6, 2012
- ↑ National Journal, "South Carolina, 7th House District," November 6, 2010
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed October 11, 2013
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ Vote Smart, "Rice on agriculture", accessed October 11, 2013
- ↑ New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- ↑ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- ↑ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 11, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "Rice on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
- ↑ Campaign website What I Will Fight For May 21, 2012
- ↑ WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- ↑ SC Now "Tinubu wins Democratic runoff; Rice beats Bauer for GOP spot," June 26, 2012
- ↑ Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
- ↑ scnow.com "Rice seeks separation from Bauer in 7th race" Accessed June 7, 2012
- ↑ SCNOW.com "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll" Accessed May 19, 2012
- ↑ scnow.com "Florence's Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School" Accessed May 31, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tom Rice," Accessed March 28, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Rice 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
- ↑ FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- ↑ FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- ↑ FEC "October Quarterly," Accessed October 28, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Rice Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 28, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Tom Rice," Accessed August 6, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- ↑ GovTrack, "Rice," Accessed April 10, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Rice (R-SC), 2011"
- ↑ Campaign website Meet Tom Rice January 6, 2012
|U.S. House of Representatives 7th Congressional District, South Carolina
| Succeeded by|