Jody Hice

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Jody Hice
Jody Hice 116th Congress official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 10th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byPaul Broun
Personal details
Jody Brownlow Hice

(1960-04-22) April 22, 1960 (age 61)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Dee Dee Hice
(m. 1983)
ResidenceGreensboro, Georgia, U.S.
EducationAsbury University (BA)
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv)
Luther Rice College & Seminary (DMin)
WebsiteHouse website

Jody Brownlow Hice (born April 22, 1960) is an American politician, radio show host, and political activist serving as the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Hice is a candidate in the 2022 Georgia Secretary of State election, running against incumbent Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican. Raffensperger had refused to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia after former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, including Hice, made disproven claims of fraud. After announcing his run, Hice was endorsed by Trump.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hice is a native of Atlanta and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]

Early career[edit]

Hice was senior pastor of Bethlehem First Baptist Church, until April 2010[3] in Bethlehem, Georgia. In addition, he was first vice president of the Georgia Baptist Convention (2004–05) and Professor of Preaching at Luther Rice Seminary. Hice was senior pastor at The Summit Church, a Southern Baptist church, in Loganville, Georgia from 2011 until December 2013, when he stepped down to run for office.

Hice started Let Freedom Ring, a talk radio show originally heard on WIMO 1300 AM, Bethlehem, Georgia.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Official freshman portrait (114th Congress)



Hice unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Georgia's 7th congressional district in 2010.[5]


Georgia's 10th congressional district became an open seat when the sitting representative, Paul Broun, announced his bid for U.S. Senate in 2014.[6] Hice was the second to formally enter the race on April 15, 2013, citing government spending as his foremost concern.[7] Hice was soon joined by 5 other candidates, leading to a seven-way primary election campaign. Hice placed first in the primary on May 20, 2014 with 34% of the vote, followed closely by Collins who won 33%.[8]

No candidate won 50% of the vote, triggering a primary runoff election between the top two candidates, Hice and Mike Collins. The close race quickly grew heated amid accusations of campaign sign theft from both sides and reports of supporters being harassed at debates.[9] Hice ultimately won the run-off, grabbing 54% of the vote.[10]

Hice faced a Democratic opponent in November election, which he won (66.52%-33.48%) in a Republican wave on November 4, 2014.[11]


After winning the Republican primary with 78% of the vote, Hice faced off in the 2018 general election against Democratic challenger, Tabitha A. Johnson-Green.[12]

During an October 2018 campaign event in which he appeared with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Hice decried former President Obama as having "pushed his own socialist agenda" during his two terms in office. Hice urged the small crowd gathered to oppose the resurgence of Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections, declaring "it's time for this so-called blue wave to be body slammed!" [13]

Hice defeated Johnson-Green in the general election.[14]


After winning the Republican primary, Hice once again faced off in the 2020 general election against Democratic challenger, Tabitha A. Johnson-Green. Hice defeated Johnson-Green in the general election.[15]

In January 2021, Hice made an unsuccessful objection to the counting of Georgia's electoral votes. Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler had planned on objecting to the Georgia electors, but withdrew her objection after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier in the day. Hice was one of the 139 Republican representatives who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Congress that day.[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

2022 Georgia Secretary of State election[edit]

On March 22, 2021, Hice announced that he would run against incumbent Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, in 2022.[22] Raffensperger had refused to overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia after Trump and his Republican allies, including Hice, made false claims of fraud.[23][24][1] After Hice announced his run, Trump endorsed him.[1][25] During his campaign, Hice continued to make numerous false claims about the 2020 election.[26]

Political positions[edit]

Hice calls himself a "constitutional conservative."[27] He has a history of repeatedly sharing quotes falsely attributed to the Founding Fathers.[27] He has been described as a staunch Donald Trump loyalist and an America First Republican.[28]

Economic issues[edit]

Hice supports a balanced budget amendment.[29]

Hice supports auditing the federal reserve and its activities around mortgages. He co-sponsored the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.[29]

Hice voted for the 2017 Republican tax legislation.[30][31]


Hice opposes abortion.[32] Hice has said that supporters of abortion rights are worse than Adolf Hitler.[32] Hice believes that life begins at fertilization or cloning. He opposes family planning assistance that includes abortion.[33]

U.S. Capitol Police[edit]

In June 2021, Hice was among 21 House Republicans who voted against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[34]

Foreign policy[edit]

In 2021, during a House vote on a measure condemning the Myanmar coup d'état that overwhelmingly passed, Hice was among fourteen Republican Representatives who voted against it, for reasons reported to be unclear.[35]

In July 2021, Hice voted against the bipartisan ALLIES Act, which would increase by 8,000 the number of special immigrant visas for Afghan allies of the U.S. military during its invasion of Afghanistan, while also reducing some application requirements that caused long application backlogs; the bill passed in the House 407–16.[36]

Interest group ratings[edit]

Hice has a "D" rating from pro-marijuana legalization group NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related issues.[37]

LGBT rights[edit]

Hice opposes same-sex marriage.[38] According to Right Wing Watch, Hice compared homosexuality to alcoholism and opposed a ban on gay conversion therapy.[39] In a 2012 book, Hice alleged that gay people were plotting to recruit and sodomize children.[32] He has compared gay relationships to incest and bestiality.[32]

Religious issues[edit]

Hice was a leading supporter of the public display of the Ten Commandments in government buildings; he founded Ten Commandments Georgia, Inc., a group advocating for the display of the Ten Commandments in every Georgia county courthouses. Hice began the initiative as a pastor, waging a fight against the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over a display in the Barrow County Courthouse, and later supported similar efforts in the Morgan County Superior Courthouse.[40]

In September 2008, Hice was one of 33 pastors across America who participated in "Pulpit Freedom Sunday"[41] in opposition to the Johnson Amendment, a provision of the tax code that prohibits tax-exempt organizations (such as churches) from endorsing or opposing political candidates. In the sermon, Hice endorsed Senator John McCain for President.[42]

Hice has argued that Christians have been "tricked" into a "false belief" in separation of church and state.[43][44] Hice asserted that church-state separation led to government corruption.[43]

In his 2012 book A Call to Reclaim America, Hice claimed that "Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology. It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection."[45] In his book It's Now or Never, Hice also quoted former U.S. general William G. Boykin as stating that there is a Muslim Brotherhood plot to take over the United States.[46]

Texas v. Pennsylvania[edit]

In December 2020, Hice was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed[47] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.[48][49][50]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Hice and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[51][52] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Hice and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[53]

DC statehood[edit]

In March 2021, in a statement on the House floor, Hice argued against statehood for the District of Columbia and HR 51 by claiming that DC would be the only state "without an airport, without a car dealership." Hice was criticized for his statements as airports and car dealerships are not prerequisites to statehood and that DC does, in fact, have car dealerships. His Democratic colleague Jamie Raskin called his argument "frivolous" and accused Republicans of attempting to "gin up whatever arguments they can think of" to oppose DC statehood.[54]


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