Tom Rice

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Tom Rice
Tom Rice, Official Portrait, 113th Congress - full.jpg
Official portrait of Congressman Tom Rice
(R–SC)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by District re-established
Hampton P. Fulmer before district abolished in 1933
Personal details
Born Hugh Thompson Rice Jr.
(1957-08-04) August 4, 1957 (age 56)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Wrenzie Rice
Children 3
Residence Myrtle Beach
Alma mater University of South Carolina (B.A., M.A., J.D.)
Profession Businessman, Lawyer
Religion Episcopalian
Website Representative Tom Rice
For other people named Tom Rice, see Thomas Rice.

Hugh Thompson "Tom" Rice Jr. (born August 4, 1957) is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 7th congressional district. Elected to the 113th Congress in November 2012, he is a conservative Republican, supports the right to life movement and thinks the U.S. government has strayed from tenets of the Constitution.[1] He will be a member of the freshman class chosen to sit at the House Republican leadership table. Rice was chair of the Horry County Council until he resigned from the position on December 31.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rice was born in Charleston on August 4, 1957. He was four years old when his parents divorced, and his teacher mother took him and his brother Clay to Myrtle Beach. Rice’s first job was a busboy when he was 12, and he was variously a night shift fry cook, a grocery store bag boy and miniature golf course manager while still in high school. Rice was 16 when his father died.

Rice had a scholarship to Duke University but enrolled at USC in Columbia where he earned a masters degree in accounting in 1979 and a law degree in 1982.

Pre-congressional career[edit]

After college, he worked at accounting/consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche in Charlotte where he earned his CPA certificate. In 1985 he returned to Myrtle Beach to practice tax law with the Van Osdell law firm, then established his own practice, Rice & MacDonald, in 1997. He was elected chair of Horry County Council in 2010.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

Rice won election in the U.S. Congress elections, 2012 for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's South Carolina's 7th congressional district. Rice defeated Jay Jordan, Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Chad Prosser, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012 to advance to a runoff. He defeated major rival Andre Bauer in the run-off election on June 26, 2012 Rice defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Tenure[edit]

Rice has co-sponsored 31 pieces of legislation including Safe Schools Act of 2013, a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 and others.[5]

Rice has pushed changes to port funding,[6][7] offered victims help to replace Social Security cards, and other federal documents after massive fire destroys 26 condo buildings,[8] made statements on President Obama's press conferences,[9] made a statement on the passage of the Require a PLAN Act,[10] statement on the Presidents State of The Union Address,[11] among other things [12]

Committee assignments[edit]

In early December 2012, Rice was appointed by the United States House of Representatives to the United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House Committee on the Budget and United States House Committee on Small Business of the 113th Congress.[13][14]

On January 8, 2013, Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) appointed Rice chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. Graves said that Rice would be a "great fit" because of his knowledge about the challenges facing small business owners. Rice said he would "work to limit government overreach, enact serious tax reform, and lower the cost of doing business in America, so our small business owners—America’s economic engine—can compete in our economy and the global marketplace."[15]

On January 22, 2013, Rice was appointed to the following subcommittees: Highways and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Rice said the appointments would allow him to work for the funding and construction of Interstate 73 as well as the dredging of the Georgetown Port.[16][17]

On November 11, 2013, Rice was appointed to the water resources conference committee which is to help resolve differences between the U.S. House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013. The version that has recently passed the House would allow for the dredging of the Georgetown port which is a $33 million project and would bring an estimated $30 million annual economic boost to the local economy. In a press release from his office Congressman Rice stated “My district sent me to Washington to work on our infrastructure needs and the needs of the state,” and also “Since joining the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have made it my goal to do whatever it takes to champion South Carolina’s ports.” [18][19][20][21]

Issues[edit]

National Defense Authorization Act[edit]

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.[22]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations[edit]

Rice voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[22]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment[edit]

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.[22]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act[edit]

Rice voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[23] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[22]

Farm Bill[edit]

Rice voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[24] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[25]

Government shutdown[edit]

See also: United States federal government shutdown of 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.[26] 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.[27] Rice voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[28]

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 funds 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.[29] 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.[30]

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition[edit]

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.[31] The vote largely followed party lines.[32]

Repealing Obamacare[edit]

Rice has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[33]

Abortion[edit]

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.[34]

STOP Resolution[edit]

In December, 2013, Rice introduced House Resolution 442, also known as the STOP resolution (Stop This Overreaching Presidency) calling for Congress to file suit against President Obama claiming that the Obama administration had “…frequently overstepped the limits placed on executive branch powers by the Constitution”.[35] Rice announced the introduction at a press conference with 12 other Republican legislators, noting that it had 111 Republican co-sponsors.[36] As of January 20, 2014, Obama had issued 168 executive orders compared to 291 by former President George W. Bush, 364 by William Clinton, 166 by George Bush, and 381 by Ronald Regan [37]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 U.S. House of Representatives District 7 Republican Primary [38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andre Bauer 12,037 32.13%
Republican Renee Culler 279 0.74%
Republican Katherine Jenerette 1,457 3.89%
Republican Jay Jordan 8,107 21.64%
Republican Jim Mader 180 0.48%
Republican Chad Prosser 3,824 10.21%
Republican Tom Rice 10,252 27.36%
Republican Randal Wallace 691 1.84%
Republican Dick Withington 641 1.71%
Totals 37,468 100%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives District 7 Republican Primary - Runoff [39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Andre Bauer 13,173 43.89%
Republican Tom Rice 16,844 56.11%
Totals 30,017 100%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives District 7 General Election [40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice 153,068 55.51%
Democratic Gloria Bromell Tinubu 114,594 41.56%
Working Families ---- 7,795 2.83%
Independent Write In 281 0.10%
Totals 275,738 100%

Personal life[edit]

Rice and his family reside in Myrtle Beach.In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his family and friends. He is currently married to his wife of 31 years, Wrenzie, and they have three adult sons; H.T., Jacob, and Lucas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Steve (November 3, 2012). "Tom Rice: Inexperience could be a good thing.". The Sun News. Retrieved November 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Hinnant, Lauren. "Horry County Chair seat empty Dec. 31, filing opens mid-January". WBTW News 13. Retrieved December 19, 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  4. ^ SC Now "Tinubu wins Democratic runoff; Rice beats Bauer for GOP spot," June 26, 2012[dead link]
  5. ^ "Tom Rice: Bills Co-Sponsoring". US House of Reps / Library of Congress. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rice pushes change in port funding". Georgetown Times. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Port critical to economy". Greenville Online. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Jones, Steven (18 March 2013). "Rice offers victims help to replace Social Security cards, other federal documents". The Sun News. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rep. Rice: Mr. President, we cannot afford continued deficit spending". Rep. Tom Rice / US House of Reps. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rep. Rice: We Will #RequireAPlan from the President". Rep. Tom Rice / House of Reps. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rep. Rice’s Statement on the State of the Union Address". Rep Tom Rice / US House of Reps. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rep. Tom Rice Press Releases". Rep.Tom Rice / US House of Reps. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Jones, Steve (December 12, 2012). "Rice appointed to House transportation committee". The Sun News. Retrieved December 12, 2012. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Rep. Tom Rice committee appointments". WBTW. Retrieved December 13, 2012. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Rep. Rice Named Small Business Subcommittee Chairman". US House of Representatives. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rep. Rice Appointed Transportation Subcommittees". US House of Representatives/Rep. Tom Rice news release. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ Jones, Steve (January 25, 2013). "Rice appointed to key subcommittees for 7th District". The Sun News. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ Jones, Steve (15 November 2013). "Rice named to Water Resources conference committee.". The Sun News. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Rice named to Water Resources conference committee". Congressman Tom Rice. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "Speaker Boehner Appoints Negotiators to Water Resources Reform Conference Committee". Speaker of the House John Boehner. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "WRRDA Moves Forward with House Conferee Appointments". transportation.house.gov. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c d Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
  23. ^ The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  24. ^ Vote Smart, "Rice on agriculture", accessed October 11, 2013
  25. ^ New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  26. ^ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  27. ^ Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  28. ^ Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  29. ^ The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  30. ^ U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  31. ^ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  32. ^ Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
  33. ^ Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rice's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 11, 2013
  34. ^ Project Vote Smart, "Rice on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
  35. ^ Text of STOP Resolution, [1], Retrieved February 20, 2014
  36. ^ STOP Resolution, Senator Rice website, [2], Retrieved February 20, 2014
  37. ^ The American Presidency Project, [3], Retrieved February 20, 2014
  38. ^ 2012 South Carolina U.S. House of Representatives District 7 Republican Primary Election Results
  39. ^ 2012 South Carolina U.S. House of Representatives District 7 Republican Primary Runoff Results
  40. ^ 2012 South Carolina U.S. House of Representatives District 7 General Election Results

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District re-established
Hampton P. Fulmer before district abolished in 1933
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 7th congressional district

January 3, 2013 – present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mark Pocan
D-Wisconsin
United States Representatives by seniority
409th
Succeeded by
Keith Rothfus
R-Pennsylvania