Congressman Tom Rice

Representing the 7th District of South Carolina


Everything I do in Congress is through the lens of restoring American competitiveness and I believe education for our kids and grandkids directly relates to America's ability to compete in the world. Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators. In order for them achieve their dreams, they must be given the tools needed to succeed. 

Education and mentoring of students is important for not only their future success but also the future success of our country and economy. Local communities and educators know best, not Washington bureaucrats, and I’ll work with local teachers and administrators to advocate for a high-quality education for all students in the 7th District. 

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Aug 11, 2015 In The News

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Congressman Tom Rice didn’t discuss presidential politics Tuesday at Joe’s Grill as more than 30 constituents wanted to hear about Iran, growing the economy, veterans and offshore drilling issues instead.

Even after the hour-long event — where people sipped coffee and fired off questions at the second-term Republican — Rice didn’t give any hints about which of the 17 Republican presidential primary candidates he was supporting.

May 22, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) announced today he will participate in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Memorial Day March on Monday, May 25 to honor our community’s fallen heroes.  

Apr 30, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 2029, FY2016 Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations. 

Given the problems plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), this legislation increases oversight measures and provides the agency with the funding needed to modernize VA health care facilities, reduce the disability claims backlog, fulfill veteran education benefits, improve employment training, and provide for homeless veterans.   

Mar 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 240, legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through fiscal year 2015:

Feb 17, 2015 In The News

MARION, S.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District, paid a visit to constituents in Marion Monday afternoon for his “Coffee with Your Congressman” meetings in Marion and Johnsonville.

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Marion Opera House for the hour-long session that included a federal update from Rice.

Feb 16, 2015 In The News

Making a swing through his district, U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, 7th Congressional District, paid his first visit to Johnsonville. Rice had been in Dillon and Marion meeting with community leaders earlier in the day before his 3 p.m. stopover in the Shady Rest Restaurant for "Coffee with Your Congressman."

Feb 10, 2015 In The News

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- U. S. Rep. Tom Rice Jr. stopped by the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce Monday morning to visit with constituents from the Seventh Congressional District. He was there to hear what voters in his district had to say and to listen to their concerns about government.

Nearly 20 people showed up to ask questions during his second “Coffee with your Congressman” of the day. His first was in Bennettsville.

Jan 22, 2015 In The News

Many people swear we learn everything we need to know in kindergarten.  There is much truth to that. When we were children, our parents taught us helpful life lessons.  Many lessons were learned as a consequence of bad decisions and were accompanied with a punishment, but their truth is undeniable.  

Jan 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act:  

Dec 4, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement regarding the House passage of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3979, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015: