Senator Terry Rice of West Central Arkansas, was awarded the 2019 Statesman Award by Family Council Action Committee. Senator Rice received the award for making an A on the 2019 Family Council Action Committee legislative report card. Recipients of this award are recognized for their votes during the 92nd General Assembly on the 25 bills in the report card. Senator Rice received his award Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Senator Terry Rice is currently serving in his second term as a state senator and is the longtime co-owner of Rice Furniture in Waldron and a cattle farmer. He is president of two Rice Furniture & Appliance Stores. He previously served in the state House of Representatives for three terms from 2009 through 2014. Senator Rice is the vice chair of the Legislative Council and Joint Performance Review Committee. During the 2019 legislative session Senator Rice was the lead senate sponsor of HB1342, a tax relief bill that would have raised the exemption of when sales tax could be collected on used vehicles from less than $4,000 to less than $7,500. Senator Rice was born in Fort Smith. He is the father of two sons and has four grandchildren and has been married for over 44 years to his wife JoAnn. They are members of Bates Baptist Church.
The award was presented to Senator Rice by Jerry Cox, President of Family Council Action Committee based in Little Rock. “Legislators regularly face tough votes at the State Capitol and their hard work, good votes, and dedication to Christian family values are often unknown to the public” said Cox. “We chose votes on bills based on our core belief in promoting, protecting, and strengthening traditional family values. We are thankful that Senator Rice’s votes on those bills reflect our mission,” stated Cox, “we are pleased to present Senator Rice with the 2019 Statesman Award.”
Family Council Action Committee is slated to present awards to legislators through 2019.