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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2011/11/15/2501082/rice-joins-race-for-7th-congressional.html ''Myrtlebeachonline.com'' ''Rice joins race for 7th congressional district'' January 6, 2012]</ref>
 
{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2011/11/15/2501082/rice-joins-race-for-7th-congressional.html ''Myrtlebeachonline.com'' ''Rice joins race for 7th congressional district'' January 6, 2012]</ref>
  
Rice defeated [[Gloria Bromell Tinubu]] (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election for the newly-created [[South Carolina's 7th congressional district elections, 2012|7th congressional district]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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Rice defeated [[Gloria Bromell Tinubu]] (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election for the newly-created [[South Carolina's 7th congressional district elections, 2012|7th congressional district]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref> He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014.
  
 
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Tom Rice
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U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.63 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,428,114
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Horry County Council
2010-2012
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina
Master'sUniversity of South Carolina
J.D.University of South Carolina
Personal
BirthdayAugust 4, 1957
Place of birthMyrtle Beach, South Carolina
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth-$2,909,496
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
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] He ran for re-election in 2014.

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.

Biography

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]

Career

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

2013-2014

Rice serves on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Rice's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Rice voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] The vote largely followed party lines.[13]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Rice has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[14]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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.[15]

Campaign themes

2012

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. [16]

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Rice ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's 7th District. Rice sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[17][18]

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.[19]

Ads

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.[20]

Polls

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.[21]

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
[1]
(May 14-15, 2012)
22%21%8%5%4%2%35%+/-3.8641
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.[22]

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.[23]

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

2014

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.[24]

Tom Rice (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]4/15/2013$106,754.08$77,275.65$(86,564.65)$97,465.08
July Quarterly[26]7/12/2013$97,465.08$308,028.33$(94,877.84)$301,615.57
October Quarterly[27]10/13/2013$310,615.57$119,013.99$(87,954.24)$341,675.32
Running totals
$504,317.97$(269,396.73)

2012

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.[28]

Cost per vote

Rice spent $8.63 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

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.[29]

Rice most often votes with:

Rice least often votes with:

Voting with party

2013

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.[30]

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.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[32]

Personal

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.[33]

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External links

References

  1. Myrtlebeachonline.com Rice joins race for 7th congressional district January 6, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  3. Campaign website Meet Tom Rice January 6, 2012
  4. National Journal, "South Carolina, 7th House District," November 6, 2010
  5. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Vote Smart, "Rice on agriculture", accessed October 11, 2013
  11. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 11, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Rice on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
  16. Campaign website What I Will Fight For May 21, 2012
  17. WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  18. SC Now "Tinubu wins Democratic runoff; Rice beats Bauer for GOP spot," June 26, 2012
  19. Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  20. scnow.com "Rice seeks separation from Bauer in 7th race" Accessed June 7, 2012
  21. SCNOW.com "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll" Accessed May 19, 2012
  22. scnow.com "Florence's Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School" Accessed May 31, 2012
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tom Rice," Accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Rice 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  25. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  26. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  27. FEC "October Quarterly," Accessed October 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Rice Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 28, 2013
  29. OpenCongress, "Tom Rice," Accessed August 6, 2013
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. GovTrack, "Rice," Accessed April 10, 2013
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Rice (R-SC), 2011"
  33. Campaign website Meet Tom Rice January 6, 2012
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