|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 7th district
January 3, 2013
|Chairman of the Horry County Council|
2010 - December 31, 2012
Hugh Thompson Rice Jr.
August 4, 1957
Charleston, South Carolina
|Education||University of South Carolina (B.S., M.S., J.D.)|
Hugh Thompson Rice Jr. (born August 4, 1957) is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 7th congressional district. Elected to the 113th Congress in November 2012, he is a conservative Republican. He was a member of the freshman class chosen to sit at the House Republican leadership table. Rice was chair of the Horry County Council until he resigned from the position on December 31, 2012.
Rice was born in Charleston 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.
After college, he 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 Van Osdell law firm, then established his own practice, Rice & MacDonald, in 1997. He was elected chair of Horry County Council in 2010.
Rice won election in the U.S. Congress elections, 2012 for the U.S. House, representing South Carolina's South Carolina's 7th congressional district. Rice defeated Jay Jordan, Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Chad Prosser, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012 to advance to a runoff. He defeated major rival Andre Bauer in the run-off election on June 26, 2012 Rice defeated Gloria Bromell Tinubu (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
Rice won re-election in 2014 defeating Democratic challenger Gloria Bromell Tinubu with 60.15 percent of the votes over Rommel-Tinubu's 39.85 percent.
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.
Rice has pushed changes to port funding, offered victims help to replace Social Security cards, and other federal documents after massive fire destroys 26 condo buildings, made statements on President Obama's press conferences, made a statement on the passage of the Require a PLAN Act, and made a statement on the President's State of the Union Address.
Rice is a member of the Republican Study Committee and the United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus.
In early November 2015, Rice was appointed by the United States House of Representatives to the United States House Committee on Ways and Means. On November 18, 2015, Congressman Kevin Brady appointed Rice to the Oversight, Social Security, and Human Resources subcommittees.
Past Committee assignments
In early December 2012, Rice was appointed by the United States House of Representatives to the United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House Committee on the Budget and United States House Committee on Small Business of the 113th Congress.
On January 8, 2013, Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) appointed Rice chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. Graves said that Rice would be a "great fit" because of his knowledge about the challenges facing small business owners. Rice said he would "work to limit government overreach, enact serious tax reform, and lower the cost of doing business in America, so our small business owners--America's economic engine--can compete in our economy and the global marketplace."
On January 22, 2013, Rice was appointed to the following subcommittees: Highways and Transit, Water Resources and Environment, and Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Rice 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.
On November 11, 2013, Rice was appointed to the water resources conference committee which is to help resolve differences between the U.S. House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013. The version that has recently passed the House would allow for the dredging of the Georgetown port which is a $33 million project and would bring an estimated $30 million annual economic boost to the local economy. In a press release from his office Congressman Rice stated, "My district sent me to Washington to work on our infrastructure needs and the needs of the state," and, "Since joining the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have made it my goal to do whatever it takes to champion South Carolina's ports."
|Democratic||Gloria Bromell Tinubu||68,576||39.98|
|Democratic||Gloria Bromell Tinubu||114,594||41.56|
|Working Families||Gloria Bromell Tinubu||7,795||2.83|
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.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 7th congressional district
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