Jim Rice graduated from Melba High School, attended Brigham Young University and earned his JD from William Howard Taft University. Senator Rice has been serving District 10 since 2012. Rice has eight children and six grandchildren.
Idaho Governor Butch Otter appointed Rice on March 1, 2012. Rice then won the May 15, 2012 Republican Primary election with 1,987 votes (68.8%), and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 7,706 votes (61.2%).
Senator Rice is the Vice Chairman of the Local Government and Taxation Committee, and also sits on the Agricultural Affairs Committee and the Transportation Committee.