As a long-time passionate and vocal advocate for children and families, Kimberly Rice decided a run for public office would be the best way for her to make the greatest impact. She was elected to her first term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2014, representing Hudson and the Hillsborough 37 district, and she is currently serving in her fourth term. During this time, she has served on the Children and Family Law Committee, most recently as second-time Committee Chair. For the 2019 – 2020 legislative session, she was Republican Policy Leader and in 2020 was appointed as the NH House Speaker Pro Tempore, holding the third highest ranking leadership role of the chamber and the highest position of any other female in the body.
In addition to serving as a top leader in the New Hampshire House, working part-time, raising 7 children with her husband, and being a doting grandmother, Representative Rice serves on many other committees, commissions and advisory boards. She is the Governor’s appointee on the NH Council for Thriving Children, she serves on The Division for Youth, Children and Families Advisory Board, the Oversight Commission on Children’s Services, and the Commission to Review Child Abuse Fatalities. Within the House, she also serves on the Rules Committee and Judiciary Committee.
Rice has introduced legislation to protect the safety and security of NH children, including sponsoring or co-sponsoring shared parenting bills, child support reform and forming a commission to study parental alienation in the state of New Hampshire.
Though Kim’s focus is largely on the state of New Hampshire where she was born and raised, she is known across the country as a strong advocate for children and families and shared parenting. She has become a confidant and mentor to others in the activist circles and is involved with related non-profit organizations.
Keeping apprised of other state activities, she is active with NCSL (the National Conference of State Legislatures) and CSG (the Council of State Governments), serving as alternate on the CSG East Executive Committee.
Kim plans to continue fighting for children and families, while supporting all Constitutional principles and a smaller government. She has a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union, is endorsed by Cornerstone and the NHLA (New Hampshire Liberty Alliance) and plans to stay in Concord to keep NH free from increasing taxes and governmental overreach.
As a strong, independent Republican woman, she works to build up and empower other women. She hopes to inspire other women to follow their passion, be confident, and to follow her lead in breaking other proverbial glass ceilings.