Michael A. Rice
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Michael Alan Rice, is a professor of fisheries and aquaculture at the University of Rhode Island and state representative from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. A Democrat, he serves in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing the 35th district, which encompasses the village of Kingston and West Kingston, and parts of the neighborhoods of Tuckertown, Wakefield and Peace Dale. Rice was first elected in November 4, 2008 and took office on January 6, 2009.
Michael Rice was born March 4, 1955 in San Jose, California, to Richard Eugene Rice and Marilyn Joyce (Cardoza) Rice. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1972 in Garden Grove, California. Rice attended Servite High School in Anaheim, California before attending the University of San Francisco, and graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 1977. While working in the laboratory of physiologist Grover C. Stephens at the University of California, Irvine, he earned both a master’s degree in biology in 1981 and a Ph.D. in comparative physiology in 1987. Rice served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of the Philippines from 1981 to 1985 working with the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. During that time, he worked to improve the sanitary quality of farmed oysters. In 1982, while working with José Maria DeGuzman of Value Trading Company, Inc., in Dagupan City, he helped establish the first commercially successful farm for serranid grouper fish in the Philippines.
Rice was married in the Philippines to Peace Corps/Philippines language staff member Rufina D. Delizo in Baguio City, Philippines on 3 January 1983. They had one daughter, Maria Isabel Rice. They live in Wakefield, Rhode Island.