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Michael Rice

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Michael Rice
Rhode Island House District 35
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of San Francisco, 1977
Master'sUniversity of California, Irvine, 1981
Ph.D.University of California, Irvine, 1987
Michael Rice (b. March 4, 1955) is a former Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 35 from 2009 to 2010.


Rice earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1977, his M.S. from the University of California, Irvine in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Environmental Physiology from the University of California, Irvine in 1987. His professional experience includes working as a professor for the University of Rhode Island since 1987. Rice served in the United States Peace Corps in the Philippines from 1981 to 1996.[1]

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.[2] Dickinson faced Republican James Haldeman in the November 2 general election.


See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2008

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.[3] Rice raised $20,754 for his campaign fund.[4]

Rhode Island House District 35
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Rice (D) 2,862
James Haldeman (R) 2,117

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.[1]

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