Experience: Before coming elected to the U.S. House, Tom was a counsel at Rice, MacDonald, & Hicks Law Firm. Tom attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a masters degree in accounting and a law degree. After college, Tom worked at 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. In 1997, Tom established his own practice, the Rice & MacDonald Law Firm. Since 2006 he has been included in Best Lawyers in America. In 2010, Tom was elected Chairman of Horry County Council.
Potential Role: As an attorney and a CPA, Congressman Rice has a unique understanding of the the challenges businesses face when trying to deal with regulatory and tax policies. He is a opponent of increasing tax burdens and believes that less government regulation will encourage greater investment. At the same time, his district which includes Myrtle Beach, S.C. needs federal support for highway construction to connect Myrtle Beach to I-95. Look for the Congressman to support targeted spending for transportation expenditures. As a Member of the Budget Committee, the T&I Committee, and the Small Business Committee, he is in a unique position to advocate for projects and policies that could encourage additional energy development to support infrastructure upgrades.
Committee Assignments: Budget, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Small Business
Chief of Staff: Tyler Grassmeyer
Legislative Director: Courtney Titus