Tom Rice (South Carolina)

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Tom Rice
Tom Rice, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpeg
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$8.63 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,428,114
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Horry County Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina
J.D.University of South Carolina
Date of birthAugust 4, 1957
Place of birthMyrtle Beach, South Carolina
Net worth$5,395,509.50
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Rice (b. August 4, 1957, Myrtle Beach, SC) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of South Carolina. Rice was first elected by voters from South Carolina's 7th Congressional District in 2012 and won re-election in 2014.[1]

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.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Rice's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 2012-Present: U.S. Representative from South Carolina's 7th Congressional District
  • 2010-2012: Horry County Council Chairmen
  • 2007-Present: Counsel at Rice, MacDonald, & Hicks Law Firm
  • 1997-Present: Partner, Rice & MacDonald Law Firm
  • 1985-1997: Lawyer, Van Osdell Law Firm

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rice serves on the following committees:[3]


Rice served on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Rice's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security


Yea3.png 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Rice voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Rice voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


2014 Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[9] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Rice voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Rice voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

2013 Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Rice voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[17] 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.[18] Rice voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Nay3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[20] 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.[21]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]


Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Rice has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[24]

Social issues


Yea3.png 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 was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[26] Rice joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[27][28]


On The Issues Vote Match

Rice's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Rice is a Moderate Conservative. Rice received a score of 27 percent on social issues and 73 percent on economic issues.[29]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[30]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[29] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rice won re-election to the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 7th District on November 4, 2014. Rice defeated Democratic challenger Gloria Bromell Tinubu. He also defeated Bromell Tinubu in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rice Incumbent 60% 102,833
     Democratic Gloria Bromell Tinubu 40% 68,576
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 115
Total Votes 171,524
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission


See also: South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

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 runoff election on June 26th. Rice defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31][32]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rice 55.5% 153,068
     Democratic Gloria Bromell Tinubu 44.4% 122,389
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 281
Total Votes 275,738
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 Runoff Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rice 56.1% 16,844
Andre Bauer 43.9% 13,173
Total Votes 30,017

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, South Carolina's 7th was a swing district in 2012.[33]

Bauer rivalry

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 just a year and a half before running 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.[34]


"The National Debt."
  • Rice released a 30-second television ad on May 29, 2012.


A Francis Marion University/ poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Bauer with a slim lead over the rest of the candidates.[35]

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)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Francis Marion University.
(May 14-15, 2012)
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Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rice's reports.[36]

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.[42]

Tom Rice (South Carolina)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Carolina, District 7) Won $1,428,114
Grand Total Raised $1,428,114

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Rice won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Rice's campaign committee raised a total of $1,428,114 and spent $1,321,360.[43]

Cost per vote

Rice spent $8.63 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rice's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-14,198,973 to $24,989,992. That averages to $5,395,509.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Rice ranked as the 70th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2011 and 2012, Rice‘s calculated net worth[45] increased by an average of 23 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Tom Rice Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:23%
Average annual growth:23%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Rice is the chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. Rice received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in South Carolina's 7th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[49]

From 2011-2014, 30.6 percent of Rice's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[50]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Tom Rice (South Carolina) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,368,477
Total Spent $1,783,732
Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$170,971
Health Professionals$130,500
General Contractors$121,638
Lawyers/Law Firms$94,826
% total in top industry8.73%
% total in top two industries15.95%
% total in top five industries30.6%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rice was a "centrist Republican" as of September 2014.[51]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[52]

Rice most often votes with:

Rice least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Rice missed 24 of 1,123 roll call votes from January 2013 to September 2014. This amounts to 2.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of September 2014.[53]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Rice ranked 27th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[54]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Rice voted with the Republican Party 94.1 percent of the time, which ranked 121st among the 233 House Republican members as of September 2014.[55]


Rice voted with the Republican Party 97.3 percent of the time, which ranked 56th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[56]

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See also

External links


  1., "Rice joins race for 7th Congressional District," January 6, 2012
  2., "Biography," accessed May 30, 2014
  3. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Vote Smart, "Rice on agriculture," accessed October 11, 2013
  16. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 11, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Rice on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  27. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  28. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  29. 29.0 29.1 On The Issues, "Rice Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014
  30. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Associated Press, "2012 Primary Results"
  32. SC Now, "Tinubu wins Democratic runoff; Rice beats Bauer for GOP spot," June 26, 2012 (dead link)
  33. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  34., "Rice seeks separation from Bauer in 7th race," accessed June 7, 2012
  35., "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/ poll," accessed May 19, 2012
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Rice 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Rice Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  42. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Tom Rice," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Rice Campaign Contributions," accessed February 28, 2013
  44. OpenSecrets, "Rice, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  46. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  48. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  49., "My Congressional District," accessed October 1, 2014
  50., "Rep. Tom Rice," accessed October 1, 2014
  51. GovTrack, "Tom Rice," accessed September 9, 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Tom Rice," accessed September 9, 2014
  53. GovTrack, "Rice," accessed September 9, 2014
  54. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed September 9, 2014
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives 7th Congressional District, South Carolina
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