Jim Rice

State Senator Legislative District 9

Headshot of Jim Rice for Idaho Senate District 9

Biography & Background

I am the second oldest of my parents’ fifteen children. When my father was a boy, his family were migrant farmworkers. He told us about sleeping in cars, sheds, or in fields because that was what was available. Even though his mother got a job in a factory, he worked full time in high school, college, and while attending law school to support himself and his family. My mother spent her summers during high school working on a cattle ranch and cooking for the crews. My parents taught us a strong work ethic. My older brother and I raised pigs and owned a cow that we milked while attending school and participating in school sports.

I was employed full-time in a frozen food plant while I attended college. I became an attorney in my mid-thirties. I am well acquainted with the challenges of obtaining the American Dream, through hard work and education. The opportunity to improve our circumstances and enjoy the fruit of our own labor must be defended. As a State Senator, I have focused on protecting individual liberty, defending private property, reducing tax burdens, and holding government accountable.

Top 3 Issues:

1. I have led the fight to cut taxes for Idaho citizens as a member of the Idaho Senate and as the Chairman of the Local Government and Tax Committee.
This year, I sponsored and carried the 2022 income tax cut bill that is the largest tax cut in Idaho history. The bill provides $350 million in rebates to Idaho taxpayers. Taxpayers will receive a rebate of 12% of the Idaho State income tax they paid in tax year 2020 or $75 per person, whichever is higher. The bill also cut income tax rates for $250 million per year of ongoing income tax relief.
In addition, I brought Counties, Cities, and legislators together to restructure how public defense is paid for, resulting in ongoing property tax relief of $34 million per year that will show up on the county portion of the property tax.
2. I have consistently been given the NRA’s highest A+ rating for my work to protect our Second Amendment rights.
3. The ownership and control of private property is fundamental to the American Dream. I have been recognized by numerous agriculture groups as a leader in protecting agriculture from government overreach, and in protecting property rights.
I was a strong leader in defending water rights when there was an attack on storage rights in the Boise river basin.

Integrity in Affiliation

Submission: Yes

“I have read the Idaho Constitution and the Idaho Republican Party Platform. I support the Idaho Republican Platform and accept it as the standard by which my performance as a candidate and as an officeholder should be evaluated. I certify that I am not a candidate, officer, delegate or position holder in any party other than the Republican Party.”

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