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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.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2SC07066 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Rice 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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Tom Rice
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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-$2,909,496
Office website
Campaign website
Tom Rice (b. August 4, 1957, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) 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.[1]

Rice defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election for the newly-created 7th congressional district.[2]

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.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Mullin's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 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,

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rice serves on the following committees:[5]


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

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

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

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. [6]



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 run-off election on June 26th. Rice defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

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's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rice Incumbent 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 and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th was a swing district in 2012.[9]


Rice released a 30-second TV ad on May 29, 2012.

"The National Debt"

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 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.[10]


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.[11]

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
(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 editor@ballotpedia.org.
Florence forum

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.[12]

Campaign donors

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.[13]

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


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.[14]

Tom Rice Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]4/15/2013$106,754.08$77,275.65$(86,564.65)$97,465.08
July Quarterly[16]7/12/2013$97,465.08$308,028.33$(94,877.84)$301,615.57
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Rice's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[17]


Voting with party


Tom Rice voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 56th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[19]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[20]


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.[21]

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