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Michael Rice

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Michael Rice
Rhode Island House District 35
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Professor
Michael Rice (b. March 4, 1955) was a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 35. He served from 2009 to 2010.

Rice earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1977. He went on to receive his MS from the University of California, Irvine in 1981. He then acquired his PhD in Environmental Physiology from the University of California, Irvine in 1987.

Rice served in the United States Peace Corps in the Philippines from 1981 to 1996. He has worked for the University of Rhode Island as a Professor since 1987 as well.

Rice joined the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2009. He has served in that position since, representing the 35th District.

Committee assignments

While a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Rice served on the following committees:



See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rice ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2010. Spencer Dickinson defeated him in the September 14 Democratic primary election.[1] Dickinson faced Republican James Haldeman in the November 2 general election.


In 2008 Rice was elected to the Rhode Island House District 35. Rice (D) finished with 2,862 votes while his opponent James Haldeman (R) finished with 2,117 votes.[2] Rice raised $20,754 for his campaign fund.[3]

Rhode Island House District 35
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Michael Rice (D) 2,862
James Haldeman (R) 2,117

Rice ran for re-election to the 35th District seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. James Haldeman ran for the seat as a Republican and Spencer Dickinson as an Independent. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Campaign donors

Listed below are the five largest contributors to Michael Rice's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Fund for Democratic Priorities $1,000
Comm to Elect Pat Shanley $1,000
Michael C. Vocino Jr. $1,000
American Association of University Professors $1,000
Dorothy F. Mullen $1,000


Rice and his wife, Rufina, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 35
Succeeded by
Spencer Dickinson (D)