Representative Terry Rice is a third term state representative from Waldron, Arkansas serving parts of 7 counties from Rye Hill to Sebastian County and south. Rice follows his father, W.R. Bud Rice who served South Sebastian and Scott Counties from 1977 to 1995, and his grandfather Worth Rice, who served from 1935 to 1939, as a member of the Arkansas Legislature.
Terry and his wife JoAnn have been married for 41 years and are proud to call Western Arkansas their lifelong home. It is there where they chose to raise their family, and have spent their life building a small business along with a cattle farm now run by their sons. Terry and JoAnn have two sons, Jeremy and wife, Kim, and Paul and wife, Sarah, who have blessed them with four grandchildren. They are active members of the Bates Baptist Church. As a cattle farmer, Terry has been a long time supporter of FFA and 4-H Youth livestock programs. Terry was also instrumental in establishing and serving as past president of the State Line Volunteer Fire Department.
Terry and JoAnn co-own Rice Furniture in Waldron, Arkansas, and employ 17 people of the region. With over 40 years business experience, Terry is president of two Rice Furniture & Appliance stores. He previously served on the southeast region board of Associated Volume Buyers/ Brand Source national dealer group and is past president of the Arkansas Home Furnishings Association, serving on the board for over ten years. Terry has been recognized as state and region “Dealer of the Year” from various industry associates.
As a business owner, Terry understands the pressures of making a payroll, dealing with taxes and excessive government regulations, along with the additional costs passed on to the consumers who already live on a tight budget.
In 2008, Rice ran and won a hard fought contest for the Arkansas House of Representatives. His platform then was protecting life – both the unborn and the elderly – lowering taxes, limiting government, protecting the 2nd Amendment, and advocating for small businesses. Terry believes faith, life, and family values are the foundation of this great country and must stand before political correctness. To this day, Terry lives by the conservative values instilled in him by his father and grandfather – faith, family, hard work, and mature judgment.
Rice is the current chairman of the House Performance Review Committee and serves as well on the Insurance and Commerce and the Public Transportation committees. He is vice chairman of the Arkansas Legislative Council.