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Senator Terry Rice

Terry Rice

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  • District: 9
  • Seniority: 19
  • District Address: P.O. Box 2195, Waldron, 72958
  • Phone: 479-637-3100
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  • Party: Republican
  • Occupation: Business Owner, Rice Furniture & Appliance, Inc.
  • Legislative Service: Senate 2015, 2017
    House 2009, 2011, 2013


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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 and was sworn in on the first day of the 2015 regular session.  Senator Rice is 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.

In the 2019 session, Senator Rice sponsored legislation on when the Division of Youth Services can release information about a juvenile to the general public, to amend the definition of a foster home and define what a critical infrastructure is when it comes to unmanned aircraft. 

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 has sponsored legislation regarding a mental health examination of a defendant and to amend the Child Welfare Agency Licensing Act.  He has been a co-sponsored of 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.



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