Andrew Rice ’96, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Oklahoma, made an audacious move when he took on incumbent Jim Inhofe, a popular Republican Senator in a Republican state.
A former documentary filmmaker, Rice was inspired to enter politics after his brother, David, was killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks.
A freshman state senator, Rice is a relatively new face on the Oklahoma political scene. He hoped that his experience in the state senate and his call for change would be enough to move voters his way.
During his first two years as state senator, Rice initiated the Oklahoma Food Security Act and the All Kids Act, which made 38,000 more of Oklahoma’s children eligible for government-sponsored health insurance. He also proposed a policy that encourages energy conservation in public schools. Rice cites these and other initiatives as evidence of his pledge to put “people before politics.”
Rice’s campaign platform includes implementing common-sense economic principles, making healthcare affordable and accessible, and withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and redeploying them to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.