Craig L. Rice
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|Craig L. Rice|
|Member of the Montgomery Council|
December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Mike Knapp|
|Constituency||2nd District of Montgomery County|
|Children||Anaiya, Caelyn and Alex|
Craig L. Rice (born September 27, 1972) is an American politician, President of the Montgomery County Council and a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 15 in western and northern Montgomery County.
Councilmember Craig Rice is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Maryland. He attended the Barrie Day Montessori school through 3rd grade and then was placed in Gifted and Talented Magnet programs within the Montgomery County school system until his high school graduation. He attended the University of Illinois, majoring in aerospace engineering but following a family tragedy, moved back home and transferred to University of Maryland where he majored in computer science.
He is the father three children, Alex, Anaiya and Caelyn. He and his wife, along with their 10-year old daughter, Anaiya and 6 year old, Caelyn, reside in Germantown, Maryland. He was the President of the Germantown Democratic Club, sat on the board of directors for the Villages at Town Center Association and is active in many community organizations including the Germantown Alliance, NAACP, Montgomery County Young Democrats and is the Maryland State Director of the Young Elected Officials Network.
He has worked as a financial services professional with The Washington Group, an affiliate of MassMutual, Business Consultant for the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, Global Sales Representative with ConferenceDirect and Senior Sales Manager for Marriott International in addition to serving on its Government Affairs Council. He was also Sales Manager for Aramark International.
He served numerous years as a precinct chair, co-chaired Dollars Drives for the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, served as the Vice-president of the New Democrats of Montgomery County, worked on the Terry Lierman for Congress campaign, and received the Democrat of the Year award, along with the Young Democrats, for Montgomery County. And on a national level, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi asked Craig to speak about how fiscal accountability could help middle-income families at the New Democratic Partnership on the steps of the Capitol in the fall of 2004. He was one of three members of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 15, which includes Barnesville, Boyds, Clarksburg, Darnestown, Dickerson, Germantown, North Bethesda, North Potomac, Poolesville, and Potomac in Montgomery County. Rice was elected in 2006 to serve with incumbents Kathleen Dumais and Brian Feldman, defeating Republican Jean Cryor, the only Republican delegate from Montgomery County. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Montgomery County Delegation's Land Use and Transportation Committee and was a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.
2009 Regular Session
- sponsored and passed the College Textbook Competition and
Affordability Act of 2009 (HB85) 
- sponsored and passed the "Parity for Public School Workers Bill"
- sponsored and passed the Recycling in State Public Schools (HB1290)
 2008 Regular Session
- sponsored and passed Public Schools Bullying, Harassment, and
Intimidation legislation (HB199) 
- sponsored and voted in favor of Task Force on Classroom Indoor Air
Quality Standards (HB15)
- sponsored and voted in favor of College Textbook Competition and
Affordability Act of 2008 (HB1067) 
- co-sponsored and voted in favor of the Fitness and Athletics Equity
for Students with Disabilities Act (HB1411) 
- 2010 Race for Montgomery County Council – District 2
- Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome Craig L. Rice, Dem. 33,398 59.39% Won Robin Ficker, Rep. 22,754 40.46% Lost
- 2006 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 15
- Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome Kathleen M. Dumais, Dem. 25,781 21.6% Won Brian J. Feldman, Dem. 25,760 21.6% Won Craig L. Rice, Dem. 20,202 17.0% Won Jean B. Cryor, Rep. 20,050 16.8% Lost Brian Mezger, Rep. 14,112 11.8% Lost Chris Pilkerton, Rep. 13,174 11.1% Lost