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.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Rice.
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
Tom Rice sits on the following committees:
Rice was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3287 (116th): TREAD Act
- H.R. 2145 (116th): Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2019
- H.R. 1551 (115th): Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act
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).
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%)
Some of Rice’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2807: To permit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recognized virtual diabetes prevention program suppliers ...
- H.R. 1942: To extend Federal recognition to the Waccamaw Indian People of Conway, South Carolina, ...
- H.R. 1943: To extend Federal recognition to the Pee Dee Indian Tribe of McColl, South ...
- H.R. 1944: To provide a tax credits for certain expenses associated with protecting employees from ...
- H.R. 1587: Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2021
- H.R. 1518: 21st Century NICS Act
- H.R. 1519: Highway Restoration Act of 2021
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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