Rep. Rice Recognized as a Federal Champion by the American Flood Coalition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

As South Carolina communities face stronger storms and more frequent flooding, Rep. Rice commits to leading on solutions to address flooding and sea level rise.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Flood Coalition today announced that Representative Tom Rice (R-SC) has been recognized as a Federal Champion, in alignment with the nonpartisan, national alliance dedicated to advancing solutions to more frequent flooding, stronger storms, and rising seas.

“I’m honored to be recognized as a Federal Champion by the American Flood Coalition,” said Rep. Rice. “Unfortunately, the 7th District is no stranger to flooding, storms, and other severe weather. The AFC is a dedicated ally to flood-affected communities, and I look forward to working with them to ensure South Carolina’s coastal communities are resilient for years to come.”

Rep. Rice is the 28th Federal Champion recognized by the American Flood Coalition and the second representing South Carolina. The designation is for leaders who are committed to finding proactive solutions to the challenges posed by flooding.

“As South Carolina faces the impacts of rising seas and stronger storms, Rep. Rice has been a consistent advocate for smarter disaster recovery and preparation,” said Melissa Roberts, Executive Director of the American Flood Coalition. “We are pleased to recognize Rep. Rice as a Federal Champion and look forward to his continued leadership on behalf of all South Carolinians to strengthen flood resilience.”

Rep. Rice has long been a proponent of flood resilience and disaster preparedness. Throughout his tenure in the House of Representatives, he has led efforts to secure millions to protect coastal infrastructure from severe storms and floods and provide relief to families in the wake of disasters. His commitment to addressing these and other flooding challenges will further strengthen the American Flood Coalition’s efforts in South Carolina, as 35 of AFC’s more than 280 members are in the Palmetto State.

About the American Flood Coalition

The American Flood Coalition is a nonpartisan group of cities, elected officials, military leaders, businesses, and civic groups that have come together to drive adaptation to the reality of higher seas, stronger storms, and more frequent flooding through solutions that support flood-affected communities and protect our nation’s residents, economy, and military installations. The Coalition has over [290] members across [21] states, and has recognized [27] Federal Champions from [11] states.

Cities, towns, elected officials, businesses, and local leaders wishing to join the American Flood Coalition or read more about the organization’s work can visit the Coalition’s website ( to find out more.

The American Flood Coalition is an IRS Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The American Flood Coalition is not a Congressional Membership Organization and nothing on this website shall be read to imply official sponsorship by either the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate or any of their respective Members. Federal Champion is an honorary title awarded by the American Flood Coalition to recognize Members of Congress who have come together to drive adaptation to the reality of higher seas, stronger storms, and more frequent flooding.