Andrew Rice Edit Profile
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Rice attended Casady School and graduated from Christchurch School. In 1996, he graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and in 1999 he earned his masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1996 to 1997 Rice studied drug addiction problems and treatment in urban India.
He represented Senate District 46 in the Oklahoma He was also a failed candidate for the United States Senate, losing to incumbent U.S. Senator James Inhofe. Rice lost a brother in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Rice serves as Foundation Fundraising Director of Variety Care health systems in Central Oklahoma, a non-profit group which serves moderate income families with health care.
During graduate school, Rice produced a documentary entitled From Ashes which focused on the AIDS epidemic in India. In 2001, Rice's brother, David Harlow Rice, died in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was sworn into office on November 16, 2006.
Rice's Senate district encompasses downtown and the urban core of Oklahoma City and covers approximately 71,000 people. In 2010, Rice was re-elected to the Oklahoma with 68 percent of the vote. For the 2011 & 2012 legislation sessions, Rice was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Senate Democratic Leader making him the highest ranking Democrat in state government.
*Cosponsored and helped pass legislation called the "All Kids Act" to add 38,000 Oklahoma children to those eligible for government-sponsored health insurance. Led a successful effort to make it easier for local governments to donate abandoned properties for use by Habitat for Humanity to construct affordable housing, especially in rural Oklahoma. Co-author of the legislation creating the Hunger Task Force to tackle the problem of hunger in Oklahoma.
Authored legislation creating a state Veterans Health Insurance Program that provides coverage to uninsured Oklahoma veterans. The legislation was passed by the senate with 45–1 vote.Scheirman, Katharine (2008-03-03). "Senator Andrew Rice Veteran Health Insurance Plan Passes Oklahoma Senate".
VetVoice. VoteVets.org. Retrieved 2008-08-26. Rice officially filed as a candidate for the United States Senate from Oklahoma on Monday, June 2, 2008.
He also launched the Red River Democracy Project and is on the board of The People's Opinion Project. Rice is married to Dr. Apple Newman Rice who practices medicine in Oklahoma City. They have two sons and reside in Oklahoma City.
Member September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Fundamentalism Education Project. Board member People's Opinion Project. Member Mayflower Congressional Church.
Married Apple Newman Rice. Children: Noah David, Parker Harrison.