Congressman Tom Rice

Representing the 7th District of South Carolina

Energy and Environment

I am an environmentalist. My great grandfather was one of the first conservationists in South Carolina and my family has a long tradition there of working to protect the environment. I grew up hunting and fishing and today am still an avid outdoorsman. Because of this, I understand it’s equally important to protect the environment while also protecting jobs and the economy as well as Second Amendment rights. 

American energy independence is important to our district and a major factor in our country’s livelihood. Not only does energy independence create good-paying jobs, it also helps families save money on their bills while strengthening our national security. 

The 7th District is rich in coastline as well as farm and wetlands. It’s crucial that we protect these lands for future generations and as your Congressman, I’ll fight to protect our district’s resources while also protecting our economy and local jobs. 

More on Energy and Environment

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today the House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Congressman Tom Rice (R-S.C.) that would strengthen American investment in nuclear energy and save energy consumers money by clarifying the U.S. tax code to allow for more effective use of the nuclear production tax credit (PTC).
Feb 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement after President Obama vetoed legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline:

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 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) and his colleagues today passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, approving a pipeline that would ship oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast and create thousands of jobs. 

When the Keystone XL Pipeline was first proposed six years ago, environmentalists were quick to raise concerns about pollution and carbon emissions; but a State Department environmental impact study refuted these worries.  Under Republican leadership, the House of Representatives has voted 10 times to approve the pipeline.

Sep 18, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 2, American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, and H.R. 4, Jobs for America Act:

Aug 4, 2014 In The News

FLORENCE, S.C. – Republican Rep. Tom Rice was criss-crossing part of his Congressional District Monday, which covers most of the Pee Dee, to speak with constituents on the first week of Congress’ August recess.

Jun 24, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement applauding the passage of H.R. 3301, the North American Infrastructure Act:

“This common-sense bill increases our country’s access to energy produced in our very own backyard,” said Congressman Rice.  “Given the current energy costs for American families, this will help our country compete, drive down energy prices, and remove barriers so that our country can reach its full energy potential.”