Tom Rice

Hugh Thompson Rice Jr. (born August 4, 1957) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 7th congressional district. The district serves most of the northeastern corner of the state and includes Myrtle Beach, the Grand Strand, Florence, Cheraw, and Darlington. A Republican, Rice was first elected in 2012 and was a member of the freshman class chosen to sit at the House Republican leadership table. He was chair of the Horry County Council until he resigned from the position on December 31, 2012.[1]

Tom Rice
Tom Rice, Official Portrait, 113th Congress - full.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byConstituency reestablished
Chairman of the Horry County Council
In office
2010 – December 31, 2012
Personal details
Born
Hugh Thompson Rice Jr.

(1957-08-04) August 4, 1957 (age 64)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Wrenzie Calhoun
(m. 1982)
Children3
EducationUniversity of South Carolina (BS, MS, JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Rice was reelected in 2014, defeating Democratic nominee Gloria Bromell Tinubu in a rematch of the 2012 election.[2][3]

Rice was one of ten Republicans to vote to impeach Donald Trump for the second time.[4][5] In January 2021, the South Carolina Republican Party censured him for voting for the impeachment.[6]

Early life, education, and pre-congressional careerEdit

Rice was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on August 4, 1957. He was four years old when his parents divorced, and his mother, a teacher, 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 was offered a scholarship to Duke University but enrolled at the University of South Carolina, where he earned a master's degree in accounting in 1979. In 1982, he earned a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

After college, Rice worked at the 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 law firm Van Osdell, then established his own practice, Rice & MacDonald, in 1997. He was elected chair of Horry County Council in 2010.

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

ElectionsEdit

2012Edit

Rice was elected to the U.S. House in 2012 as the first representative for the newly created 7th district. He defeated Jay Jordan, Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Chad Prosser, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the June 12 Republican primary to advance to a runoff. In the June 26 runoff he defeated Andre Bauer. Rice defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu in the November 6 general election.[7][8]

2014Edit

Rice was reelected in 2014, defeating Bromell Tinubu again, with 60.15% of the vote to her 39.85%.[2]

TenureEdit

In December 2012, the House appointed Rice to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Small Business of the 113th Congress.[9][10]

On January 8, 2013, Congressman Sam Graves appointed Rice chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.[11]

On January 22, 2013, Rice was appointed to the following subcommittees: Highways and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. He 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.[12][13]

On November 11, 2013, Rice was appointed to the water resources conference committee, which helped resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013. The version that passed the House would allow for the dredging of the Georgetown port, a $33 million project that would boost the local economy; Rice said, "I have made it my goal to do whatever it takes to champion South Carolina's ports."[14][15][16][17]

Rice has co-sponsored several 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.[18]

Rice has pushed changes to port funding[19][20] and offered victims help to replace Social Security cards and other federal documents after massive fire destroys 26 condo buildings.[21]

In December 2020, Rice was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign 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 defeated[22] 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 an election held by another state.[23][24][25]

On January 13, 2021, Rice was one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump a second time.[26] As late as two days before the impeachment debate, he opposed impeaching Trump.[27] But Rice told The Post and Courier that Trump's response to the storming of the Capitol changed his mind. He criticized Trump for not offering condolences to those who were injured, or the two police officers who died. In a press release, Rice also upbraided Trump for his lack of contrition. Ultimately, Rice said, Trump's "utter failure" in the matter forced him to vote for impeachment.[28][29] He did so later that day, alongside nine other Republicans.[5]

On January 30, 2021, the South Carolina Republican Party voted to formally censure Rice for his impeachment vote.[30]

On May 19, 2021, Rice was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[31]

In June 2021, Rice was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.[32][33]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Electoral historyEdit

2014 general election[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice 102,833 59.95
Democratic Gloria Bromell Tinubu 68,576 39.98
Independent Write-in 115 0.07%
Total votes 171,524 100
2012 U.S. House of Representatives 7th district Republican primary[40]
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
Total votes 37,468 100
2012 U.S. House of Representatives 7th district Republican primary runoff[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice 16,844 56.11
Republican Andre Bauer 13,173 43.89
Total votes 30,017 100
2012 U.S. House of Representatives 7th district general election[42]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Rice 153,068 55.51
Democratic Gloria Bromell Tinubu 114,594 41.56
Working Families Gloria Bromell Tinubu 7,795 2.83
Independent Write-in 281 0.10
Total votes 275,738 100

Personal lifeEdit

Rice and his family live in Myrtle Beach. He married his wife Wrenzie in 1982 and they have three sons.[43]

In late May 2020, Rice announced that he refused to wear a face mask in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States while in Congress; in mid-June, he announced that he, his wife, and his son, had all been infected with COVID-19.[44]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Associated Press, "2012 Primary Results"". The Associated Press. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "10 GOP lawmakers vote to impeach Trump, trial moves to Senate". FOX 35. January 13, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "These 10 House Republicans voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday". CNN. January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  6. ^ Axelrod, Tal (January 30, 2021). "South Carolina GOP votes to censure Rep. Rice over impeachment vote". TheHill. Retrieved January 30, 2021. Congressman Rice’s vote unfortunately played right into the Democrats’ game, and the people in his district, and ultimately our State Executive Committee, wanted him to know they wholeheartedly disagree with his decision.
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  12. ^ "Rep. Rice Appointed Transportation Subcommittees". US House of Representatives/Rep. Tom Rice news release. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
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  19. ^ "Rice pushes change in port funding". Georgetown Times. Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  20. ^ "Port critical to economy". Greenville Online. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  21. ^ Jones, Steven (March 18, 2013). "Rice offers victims help to replace Social Security cards, other federal documents". The Sun News. Archived from the original on March 25, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  22. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  23. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Constituency reestablished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 7th congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
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Preceded by
Mark Pocan
United States representatives by seniority
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Succeeded by
Raul Ruiz