Terry (Terry) Rice (R-SS09)
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Capitol: 501.682.6107
FAX: 501.682.2917
District: 479.637.3100
Senator
Arkansas State Senate
Room 320 State Capitol Building 500 Woodlane Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

District Office:
PO Box 2195
Waldron, AR 72958
Elected: 2014    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: JoAnn   
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairJoint Legislative Council
ChairmanSubcommittee on Executive
Vice ChairSenate Committee on City, County and Local Affairs
MemberSubcommittee on Special Language
MemberSenate Committee on Judiciary
MemberSubcommittee on State Agencies
MemberSubcommittee on Highway Commission Review and Advisory
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Medical Marijuana Oversight
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Occupational Licensing Review
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Personnel
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Higher Education
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Lottery Oversight
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Administrative Rule Review
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on PEER (Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review)
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Review
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Claims Review
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Oversight
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Hospital and Medicaid Study
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Policy-Making
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Game and Fish/State Police
Ex-OfficioSubcommittee on Administrative Rules
MemberJoint Committee on Energy
MemberJoint Committee on Performance Review
Ex-OfficioJoint Committee on Legislative Auditing
Ex-OfficioJoint Committee on Budget
Counties Representing
Benton / Crawford / Franklin / Scott / Sebastian

Bio

Senator Terry Rice represents Senate District 9, which comprises Scott County and portions of Crawford, Franklin and Sebastian Counties. District 9 includes cities as Van Buren, Barling, Charleston, Mansfield and Waldron.

He was elected to the Senate in 2014. Senator Rice is Senate Co-Chair of the Arkansas Legislative Council and a member of Joint Budget Committee. He also serves as vice chair of Senate Committee on City, County and Local Affairs and is a member of Senate Judiciary Committee, Joint Performance Review Committee, Joint Energy Committee, Legislative Joint Auditing and serves on several subcommittees.

Senator Rice's legislative priorities include juvenile justice and foster care. He has sponsored legislation to update the protections in state law against the unlawful use of unmanned aircraft over critical infrastructure. Also, he has sponsored legislation to prohibit public funding of human cloning research.

Senator Rice served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2009 to 2014.

When he was a House member he served as chair of Joint Performance Review (JPR), vice chair of ALC and on its Executive Subcommittee. He sponsored legislation regarding a mental health examination of a defendant and to amend the Child Welfare Agency Licensing Act. He co-sponsored Paul's Law - to make texting illegal while driving, to amend Arkansas Law concerning charitable bingo and raffles and a wide range of bills that deals with appropriations for different agencies.

Senator Rice is the longtime co-owner of Rice Furniture in Waldron and a cattle farmer.

He is president of two Rice Furniture & Appliance Stores. He is a past president of the Arkansas Home Furnishings Association and has served on the southeast region board of Associated Volume Buyers/Brand Source National Dealer Group. He has received regional and state recognition for his professional accomplishments including Dealer of the Year from various industry associates.

Senator Rice was born in Fort Smith. He and his wife JoAnn have been married for more than 48 years, and have two sons and four grandchildren. They are members of Bates Baptist Church. Senator Rice's father and grandfather also served in the Arkansas Legislature.