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 since 2012. 

Idaho Governor Butch Otter appointed Jim Rice on March 1, 2012. Senator Rice was elected in November 2012. He has since been re-elected in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020

     Senator Rice is the Chairman of the Local Government and Taxation Committee, and also sits on the Transportation Committee. Senator Rice served as the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee for 4 years.