|Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 28th Legislative District
December 4, 1986
|Deputy Mayor of Newark|
July 1, 2002 – March 2006
|Member of the Newark Municipal Council|
July 1, 1982 – July 1, 1998
|Born||Ronald L. Rice
December 18, 1945
|Residence||Newark, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||A.S. Essex County College (Police Science)
B.S. John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Administration and Planning)
Rutgers University (Criminal Justice)
Rutgers School of Law–Newark
|Website||Legislative web page|
Ronald L. Rice (born December 18, 1945) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 1986, where he represents the 28th Legislative District. While serving in the Senate, Rice has held a variety of different leadership roles including Associate Minority Leader (1998-2001), Assistant Deputy Minority Leader (1994-1997), and Assistant Majority Leader (1990-1991). His son, Ronald C. Rice, is a city councilman in Newark, New Jersey. He is the fourth-most senior senator in the state, behind Richard Codey, Gerald Cardinale, and Raymond Lesniak.
Rice served 16 years on the Newark City Council (1982-1998), and he was the Deputy Mayor of Newark, a position he held from 2002 until March 2006. He stepped down as deputy mayor in order to run for mayor.
Rice serves in the Senate on the Community and Urban Affairs Committee (as Chair), the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Rice was one of New Jersey's presidential electors casting the state's Electoral College votes after the 2004 presidential election. New Jersey's electors cast their ballots on December 13, 2004 in the State House Annex, in Trenton, where all 15 votes were cast for the Democratic Party candidate John Kerry.
Rice received an A.S. from Essex County College in Police Science, a B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Administration and Planning and an M.A. from Rutgers University in Criminal Justice. He has also attended but never graduated from the Rutgers School of Law—Newark.
February 13, 2012: Rice was one of only two Democrats in the NJ Legislature to vote no on marriage equality, opposing passage of a bill mandating marriage equality in New Jersey, the other dissenting Democrat was Jeff Van Drew.
2006 Mayoral bid
Rice had run for unsuccessfully for Mayor of Newark in 1998.
On March 6, 2006, Rice entered the mayoral race again, noting "that Mayor James had encouraged him to run but noted that if the mayor decided to join the race, his candidacy could change.". On March 27, 2006, James announced that he would not seek a sixth term, preferring to focus on his seat in the New Jersey Senate.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 28th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:
|New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011|
|Democratic||Ronald L. Rice (incumbent)||14,781||76.6%|
|New Jersey State Senate elections, 20|
|Democratic||Ronald L. Rice (incumbent)||12,821||77.0%|
- Senator Rice's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 14, 2008.
- 2004 Presidential Election: Electoral College Members, National Archives and Records Administration. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- Staff. "N.J. Senate approves bill legalizing gay marriage", The Star-Ledger, February 13, 2012. Accessed June 24, 2012. "Two Democrats, Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) and Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), voted no."
- New York Times Metro Briefing - NEWARK: DEPUTY MAYOR ENTERS THE RACE The New York Times, March 6, 2006
- Sharpe Drops Out: James cites only his position against holding dual offices NJ.com / Star-Ledger, March 28, 2006.
- Elects Cory Booker to Be New Mayor: Newark Elects Cory Booker First New Mayor in Two Decades in Landslide Victory, ABC News, May 9, 2006.
- Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 11, 2012.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 24, 2012.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 24, 2012.
- Senator Rice's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- New Jersey Voter Information Website 2003