When I think of the attributes that matter the most to Arkansans, it is probably honesty and hard work. I am hoping that Terry Rice of Waldron will be the next speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives. We will find out on Friday if he is elected in the first vote. However, the real vote will come in January of 2013.
First here is something that Jason Tolbert wrote the other day followed by a flyer about Terry from 3 years ago and then followed with an article about a mentor of Terry’s from Waldron.
From Tolbert Report:
If you walk into a meeting at the Arkansas House of Representative, Rep. Terry Rice (R-Waldron) would not be the first member to grab your attention.
Observers could see him quietly taking in the happenings of committee meetings and talking to colleagues in the back of the room. But this soft-spoken servant leadership style might be the key to his becoming the first Republican Speaker of the House.
Rice currently represents rural House District 62, just southeast of the Fort Smith area. He will return next year for his third and final term – before term limits apply — representing the newly drawn House District 21, which makes up roughly the same area. Rice is unopposed in both his primary and general election.
Rice has lived the Waldron his whole life raising two kids with his wife of almost 40 years. He tells me that now has four grandkids. He is the owner of Rice Furniture and Appliance stores and is past president of the Arkansas Home Furnishing Association.
But politics is in Rice’s blood with both his father, W.R. (Bud) Rice, and grandfather, W.S. Rice serving in the state legislature. Terry Rice is a Republican, but his father and grandfather served as Democrats.
Perhaps this heritage may help Rice in his next challenge of being elected Speaker. The election takes place next Friday (March 9) as the House meets to caucus after concluding its work for the fiscal session. Outgoing House members elect a Speaker-designate for the next year.
Today I am profiling St lawmaker Terry Rice of Waldron who I deeply respect.
Terry has known the Sawyer family since his youth and grew up in the
First Baptist Church were the Sawyers got to know him.
Meet Terry Rice
I am passionate in my belief that we cannot continue the status quo. We cannot tax and spend our way to prosperity. Government must become more efficient just as successful businesses have. With over 35 years business experience I am president and co-owner of three Rice Furniture & Appliance stores. I believe our state needs to foster the right environment to attract business while at the same time practicing tax conservation for the future. I currently serve on the southeast region board of Associated Volume Buyers/ Brand Source national dealer group and am past president of the Arkansas Home Furnishings Association, serving on the board for over ten years. Serving people’s needs and solving problems are everyday goals for me in our family’s 58 year third generation business. I have been recognized as state and region “Dealer of the Year” from our various industry associates.
I believe our faith, life and family values are the foundation of this great country and must stand before political correctness. Lifelong residents of Scott County, my wife, JoAnn, and I have been married 35 years, have 2 sons, Jeremy and wife, Kim, and Paul and wife, Sarah, who have blessed us with four grandchildren. We are active members of the Bates Baptist Church. I have raised cattle and have been a long time supporter of FFA and 4-H Youth livestock programs. I understand the importance agriculture plays in District 62 and the state. I helped establish and served as past president of the State Line Volunteer Fire Department and will support our community fire departments.
I have long been interested in our legislative process and feel now is the time to make a difference by voicing my conservative values for our future. Hard work and a common sense approach are needed to serve District 62. I do not seek personal gain or recognition from the office and only seek to work for the good of all people. I stand for principles and integrity. I follow the tradition of proven leaders. My dad, W.R. Bud Rice, served South Sebastian and Scott counties as state representative for 18 years from 1977-1995. My granddad, Worth Rice, served in the House from 1935-1939.
I know the education and training of Arkansans is vital for our state to compete and I will work to further improve those goals. I look forward to meeting and listening to your concerns during this campaign. I believe when Arkansans passed term limits for serving in political office their intent was to be represented by ideas and fresh view points that come from the people and not a single view point passed back and forth from spouses swapping political offices. This is about the people having a choice to have their voices heard.
I am dedicated to spending the time and resources needed to serve District 62 in the Arkansas House of Representatives, and I will be the one who handles constituent concerns myself as your elected official. Please feel free to contact me about the issues that are important to you. I humbly ask for your vote and support in the November 4th General Election
Originally published in Saline Courier on January 8, 2011
My wife’s grandfather was Lecil Richard “Tom” Sawyer and he lived from September 30, 1906 to September 5, 2004. He was one of the most outstanding men I have ever known. In Waldron, he was a legendary football coach that won 87% of games during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, and they would later name the football field after him.
LR “Tom” Sawyer shown at his desk at Waldron School District around 1940.