Andrew Rice

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Andrew Rice
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Rice at a parade in Oklahoma City
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 46th district
In office
November 2006 – January 15, 2012
Preceded by Bernest Cain
Succeeded by Al McAffrey
Personal details
Born (1973-04-23) April 23, 1973 (age 41)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dr. Apple Newman Rice
Alma mater Christchurch School,
Colby College,
Harvard University
Occupation Non-profit director

Andrew Monroe Rice (born April 23, 1973) is a civic leader and American politician from Oklahoma. He represented Senate District 46 in the Oklahoma State Senate. He was also a failed candidate for the United States Senate, losing to incumbent U.S. Senator James Inhofe. Rice lost a brother in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Rice serves as Foundation Fundraising Director of Variety Care health systems in Central Oklahoma, a non-profit group which serves moderate income families with health care.

Rice resigned from his Senate seat January 15, 2012, citing an out-of-state career opportunity for his wife.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Rice attended Casady School and graduated from Christchurch School. In 1996, he graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and in 1999 he earned his masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1]

From 1996 to 1997 Rice studied drug addiction problems and treatment in urban India. During graduate school, Rice produced a documentary entitled From Ashes which focused on the AIDS epidemic in India.[1]

In 2001, Rice's brother, David Harlow Rice, died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.[2]

State Senate[edit]

Senator Rice talking with constituents in Oklahoma City

After winning the Democratic party's three-way primary for Senate district 46 on July 25, 2006, Rice won the general election garnering 69.5 percent of the vote. He was sworn into office on November 16, 2006.[3]

Rice's Senate district encompasses downtown and the urban core of Oklahoma City and covers approximately 71,000 people.[4]

In 2010, Rice was re-elected to the Oklahoma State Senate with 68 percent of the vote. For the 2011 & 2012 legislation sessions, Rice was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Senate Democratic Leader making him the highest ranking Democrat in state government.[5]

On October 18, 2011, Rice announced his resignation effective January 15, 2012, citing an out-of-state career opportunity for his wife.[6]

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Senator Rice addressing a crowd in Oklahoma City

*Cosponsored and helped pass legislation called the "All Kids Act" to add 38,000 Oklahoma children to those eligible for government-sponsored health insurance.

  • Led a successful effort to make it easier for local governments to donate abandoned properties for use by Habitat for Humanity to construct affordable housing, especially in rural Oklahoma.
  • Co-author of the legislation creating the Hunger Task Force to tackle the problem of hunger in Oklahoma.
  • Authored legislation creating a state Veterans Health Insurance Program that provides coverage to uninsured Oklahoma veterans. The legislation was passed by the senate with 45–1 vote.Scheirman, Katharine (2008-03-03). "Senator Andrew Rice Veteran Health Insurance Plan Passes Oklahoma Senate". VetVoice. VoteVets.org. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 

2008 U.S. Senate Election[edit]

Rice officially filed as a candidate for the United States Senate from Oklahoma on Monday, June 2, 2008.[7] He won the Democratic primary against Jim Rogers on July 29, 2008 but was defeated in the general election on November 4, 2008 by incumbent James Inhofe.[8]

Personal[edit]

Rice is the founder of the Progressive Alliance Foundation which works throughout the state of Oklahoma advancing progressive, fair-minded and constitutional solutions to public policy problems. He also launched the Red River Democracy Project and is on the board of The People's Opinion Project.

Rice is married to Dr. Apple Newman Rice who practices medicine in Oklahoma City. They have two sons and reside in Oklahoma City.[9]

Electoral History[edit]

2010 Oklahoma General Election - Senate District 46 [10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Andrew Rice 7,548 68.28%
Republican Joshua Jantz 3,507 31.72%
2008 Oklahoma General Election - U.S. Senate [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Inhofe 763,375 56.68%
Democratic Andrew Rice 527,736 39.18%
Independent Stephen P. Wallace 55,708 4.14%
2008 Oklahoma Democratic Primary Election - U.S. Senate [11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Andrew Rice 113,795 59.65%
Democratic Jim Rogers 76,981 40.35%
2006 Oklahoma General Election - Senate District 46 [12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Andrew Rice 7,342 69.53%
Republican Joshua Jantz 3,217 30.47%
2006 Oklahoma Democratic Primary Election - Senate District 46 [13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Andrew Rice 2,383 60.90%
Democratic Rhonda Rudd 1,084 27.70%
Democratic Drew Dugan 446 11.40%

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