Jim Rice graduated from Melba High School, attended Brigham Young University and earned his JD from William Howard Taft University.  Senator Rice serves as a precinct committeeman and a volunteer member of the Caldwell Schools Policy Committee. Rice graduated from Melba High School and attended Brigham Young University and received his law degree from William Howard Taft University in California. Rice and his wife, Tish, have 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.