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Rep. Tom Rice

Representative for South Carolina’s 7th District

pronounced tom // rīss


Rice is the representative for South Carolina’s 7th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Rice’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2023.

Rice is among the Republican legislators who participated in President Trump’s months-long, multifarious attempted coup during the 2020 presidential election and culminating in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol. Shortly after the election, Rice joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Rice voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office.
Rice said in December 2021 that he regretted his Jan. 6 vote.
Photo of Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rice is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Rice has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 2, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Tom Rice sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rice was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rice sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (31%) Health (14%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Emergency Management (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Environmental Protection (7%) Social Welfare (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Rice recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Rice voted Nay

Rice voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Rice voted Nay

Rice voted Nay

Rice voted Nay

Passed 395/4 on Nov 17, 2020.

Rice voted Nay

Passed 393/5 on Jan 27, 2020.

Rice voted No

Rice voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Rice voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Rice voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2022, Rice missed 84 of 5,625 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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