Tom Rice (South Carolina)
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$8.63 in 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|
|Birthday||August 4, 1957|
|Place of birth||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Media
- 7 Polls
- 8 Campaign donors
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
He is running 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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Rice's professional and political career:
- 2012-Present: U.S. House of Representatives, 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,
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
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. For more information pertaining to Rice's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
2014 Farm bill
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. 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. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Rice voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.
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. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, 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.
2013 Farm Bill
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Rice voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
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. 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.
Morton Memos Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Rice has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
|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 District 7 Runoff 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, South Carolina's 7th was a swing district in 2012.
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.
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.
Rice released a 30-second TV ad on May 29, 2012.
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|
|Francis Marion University. SCNow.com |
(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|
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|
|Tom Rice (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$106,754.08||$77,275.65||$(86,564.65)||$97,465.08|
|July Quarterly||July 12, 2013||$97,465.08||$308,028.33||$(94,877.84)||$301,615.57|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$310,615.57||$119,013.99||$(87,954.24)||$341,675.32|
|Year-End||January 30, 2014||$341,675||$68,730||$(57,867)||$352,538|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2014||$352,538.96||$35,721.49||$(91,344.85)||$296,915.60|
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.
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
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 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.
|Tom Rice Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||23%|
|Average annual growth:||23%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
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.
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.
- United States House of Representatives
- South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014
- South Carolina's 7th Congressional District
- 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," accessed November 6, 2012
- Campaign website, "Meet Tom Rice," January 6, 2012
- House.gov, "Biography," accessed May 30, 2014
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Vote Smart, "Rice on agriculture," accessed October 11, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 11, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Rice on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
- Associated Press, "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, "Florence's Jordan tops poll at 7th Congressional event at West Florence High School," accessed May 31, 2012
- SCNow.com, "Bauer, Rice lead in FMU/SCNOW.com poll," accessed May 19, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Tom Rice," accessed March 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Rice 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Rice Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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, "Rice, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- 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.
- Campaign website, Meet Tom Rice, January 6, 2012
|U.S. House of Representatives 7th Congressional District, South Carolina
| Succeeded by|