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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 is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Rice is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 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 discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Rice voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.
Photo of Rep. Tom Rice [R-SC7]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Rice.

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 May 7, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 82% United States Chamber of Commerce: 75% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B League of Conservation Voters: 2% Human Rights Campaign: 0% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Tom Rice sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rice was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 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 (35%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Health (15%) Environmental Protection (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Commerce (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rice’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

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

Rice voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Apr 2021, Rice missed 77 of 4,826 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% 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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