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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
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
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, 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.


After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Rice 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, Rice 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. Rice was elected Chairman of Horry County Council in 2010.[3]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rice serves on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Rice's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


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]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Rice voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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 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]


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.[10] 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.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] 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.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] 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.[13]

2013 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.[16] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[17]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[18] 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.[19] Rice voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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.[21] 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.[22]


Morton Memos 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Rice has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


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.[26]



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

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


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.[27][28]

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 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, South Carolina's 7th was a swing district in 2012.[29]

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.[30]

Florence forum

On May 14, 2012, the 7th District 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.[31]



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

"The National Debt"



A Francis Marion University/ poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Bauer with a slim lead over the rest of the candidate field.[32]

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)
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

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.[33]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rice's reports.[34]


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

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.[40]

Cost per vote

Rice spent $8.63 per vote received in 2012.


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.[41]

Rice most often votes with:

Rice least often votes with:

Voting with party


Rice voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 56th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[42]

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.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


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]

Tom Rice Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:23%
Average annual growth:23%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
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.


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 is married to Wrenzie and has three grown sons: H.T., Jacob, and Lucas. Rice is counsel at Rice, MacDonald, & Hicks Law Firm.[47]

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External links


  1., "Rice joins race for 7th Congressional District," January 6, 2012
  2. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  3. Campaign website, "Meet Tom Rice," January 6, 2012
  4., "Biography," accessed May 30, 2014
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  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 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Vote Smart, "Rice on agriculture," accessed October 11, 2013
  17. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 11, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Rice on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
  27. Associated Press, "2012 Primary Results"
  28. SC Now, "Tinubu wins Democratic runoff; Rice beats Bauer for GOP spot," June 26, 2012
  29. Washington Post blog, "The 10 House districts that might surprise you," May 11, 2012
  30., "Rice seeks separation from Bauer in 7th race," accessed June 7, 2012
  31., "Florence's Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School," accessed May 31, 2012
  32., "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/ poll," accessed May 19, 2012
  33. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Tom Rice," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Rice 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Rice Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Rice Campaign Contributions," accessed February 28, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Tom Rice," accessed August 6, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  43. GovTrack, "Rice," accessed April 10, 2013
  44. OpenSecrets, "Rice, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. 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.
  47. Campaign website, Meet Tom Rice, January 6, 2012
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