Tom Rice (South Carolina)
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Horry County Council|
|Bachelor's||University of South Carolina|
|Master's||University of South Carolina|
|J.D.||University of South Carolina|
|Date of birth||August 4, 1957|
|Place of birth||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Mullin's academic, professional and political career:
- 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,
Rice serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Budget
- United States House Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access - Chair
- Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Investigations
- United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
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 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 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 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. 
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.
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Gloria Bromell Tinubu||44.4%||122,389|
|Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, South Carolina's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Tom Rice Incumbent||56.1%||16,844|
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.
AdsRice released a 30-second TV ad on May 29, 2012.
"The National Debt"
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.
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.
|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)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample 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|
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.
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.
|Tom Rice (South Carolina)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (South Carolina, District 7)||$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.
|Tom Rice (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
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.
Cost per vote
Rice spent $8.63 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina, 7th District, 2012 - Tom Rice (South Carolina) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$625,273|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$625,243|
|Top contributors to Tom Rice (South Carolina)'s campaign committee|
|Burroughs & Chapin||$33,250|
|American Institute of CPAs||$10,000|
|Defender Resort Management||$10,000|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
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.
Rice most often votes with:
Rice least often votes with:
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.
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Tom + Rice + South Carolina + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Myrtlebeachonline.com Rice joins race for 7th congressional district January 6, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map"
- Campaign website Meet Tom Rice January 6, 2012
- National Journal, "South Carolina, 7th House District," November 6, 2010
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Campaign website What I Will Fight For May 21, 2012
- WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- SC Now "Tinubu wins Democratic runoff; Rice beats Bauer for GOP spot," June 26, 2012
- Washington Post blog "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
- scnow.com "Rice seeks separation from Bauer in 7th race" Accessed June 7, 2012
- SCNOW.com "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll" Accessed May 19, 2012
- scnow.com "Florence's Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School" Accessed May 31, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tom Rice," Accessed March 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Rice 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Open Secrets "Rice Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 28, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Tom Rice," Accessed August 6, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Rice," Accessed April 10, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rice (R-SC), 2011"
- Campaign website Meet Tom Rice January 6, 2012
|U.S. House of Representatives 7th Congressional District, South Carolina
| Succeeded by|