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Craig Rice

Councilmember

Councilmember Craig Rice

About Craig

Craig Rice was first elected to the County Council in November 2010, at the time becoming the youngest African American ever to serve on the nine-member Council and second African American man to serve in that role. In December 2013, his colleagues elected him to a one-year term as president of the Council. In November 2014, he was re-elected to a second four-year term on the Council.

Councilmember Rice addressing public at the STOP or Get Busted event

Craig’s commitment to public service included serving as a member of the House of Delegates in the Maryland General Assembly from 2006 until 2010, where he was on the legislative body’s prestigious and influential Ways and Means Committee.

In 2010, he won the election as the District 2 representative on the County Council. A resident of Germantown, he represents the sprawling Up-County region of Montgomery County’s most geographically diverse district, as well as its fastest growing. Craig represents some of the County’s most rural communities, including Damascus, Boyds and Hyattstown. However, with Germantown and Clarksburg in District 2, he also represents two of the most booming regions in Maryland. The district also includes Montgomery Village, Darnestown, and part of North Potomac.

Craig chairs the Council’s Education and Culture Committee and also serves on its Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, he serves as the Council’s representative to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) in Annapolis, chairs MACo's Education Sub-Committee, and is currently President of the MACo Diversity Caucus. Craig chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee until 2017, and continues to serve on the committee.

In September 2016, Craig was named to the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (also known as The Kirwan Commission). This commission led the first major review of education funding in the State since the Thornton Commission’s review almost two decades ago.  Craig is currently leading the Pre-Kindergarten Workgroup  on the Commission. 

Spotlighted Accomplishments

  • Craig was the lead sponsor of Bill 21-12 in 2012 that prohibits the use and sale of certain coal-tar products that are generally used as sealants on driveways. Passage of the legislation made Montgomery the first county in Maryland, and one of the largest counties in the nation, to prohibit the sale of the sealants, which have been recognized to contaminate soils, lakes and homes as they disintegrate and run off after application.
  • Craig was the lead sponsor of Bill 48-14 in 2015 that helped advance firms owned by minorities, females and disabled persons to become prime contractors with the County for certain types of contracts. The bill allows creation of an evaluation factor that gives additional points to those firms when the County is evaluating proposals for contracts.
  • Craig was the lead sponsor of Bill 31-15 requiring radon testing to be done in single-family homes prior to sale, making Montgomery County one of the first jurisdictions in the nation that require such testing. Radon is prevalent in the County and high levels can pose significant health risks.
  • Craig was lead sponsor of Bill 23-18. Beginning July 1, 2019 all single, two-unit, and townhouse residences that have fuel-burning appliances, a fireplace or an attached garage will be required to install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. State law has required CO alarms in newly-constructed homes since 2008. Bill 23-18, Fire Safety – Carbon Monoxide Alarm, will apply retroactively to the existing housing categories listed above. 
  • Craig was lead sponsor of Bill 31-18  which requires new home builders and new home sellers to provide buyers with a new home warranty and gives the Office of Consumer Protection the authority to administer and enforce the law.
  • In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Craig organized a series of Education Budget Forums throughout the County, along with leaders from Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College, to talk about the County’s budget process as it relates to education funding.

A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Craig attended Montgomery County Public Schools, graduating from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. He went on to the University of Illinois, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Later he transferred to the University of Maryland, where he graduated with a major in Computer Science.

Craig’s interest in seeing the County improve its economic development strategies stems from his background of having worked with Fortune 500 companies including Marriott International and Aramark Corporation. He also served as a business development manager for the government of Puerto Rico.

Craig and wife Tia married in 2000. He is the father of two daughters, Anaiya and Caelyn, and a son, Alex. In their spare time, the Rice family enjoys hikes through Seneca Creek State Park, fishing, skiing, snowboarding and bowling.

Positions

  • Chair of the Council’s Education and Culture Committee (December 2013 – present)
  • Member of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee (December 2010 – present)
  • Council President (December 2013 – December 2014)
  • Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) representative for Montgomery County
    • Chair of Education Committee (2015 – present)
    • President of the Diversity Caucus (2017 - present)
    • Member of the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (2016 – present)
    • Appointed as Maryland's representative to serve on the National Association of Counties’ Board of Directors, the body that guides the overall direction and efforts of our nationwide association (2019 - present) 
  • Serves on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee (2015 – present)

Awards

  •  2019 Winner of the The Montgomery County Board of Education's  Award for Distinguished Service to Public Education Community Individual  
  •  2018 2018 Metropolitian Kappa Youth Foundation Cornerstone Award for Education and Leadership 
  •  2017 The League of United Latin American Citizens Community Advocate Award 
  •  2017 For Courage and Persistence - The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program Community Service Award
  •  2016 Hospice Caring Inc. Gratitude Award 
  •  2016 Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Inc (CSAAC) Award for Supporting CSAAC individuals, their families and their direct care staff
  •  2015 Boys & Girles Clubs of Greater Washington Montgomery County Region Award for Support and Commitment to Our Kids   
  •  2015 Mrs. Maryland America Pageant Judge Award 
  •  2014 The Montgomery Blair High School Magnet Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award
  •  2014 Congressional Recognition Award on Receiving the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
  •  2014 Home Sweet Home Celebrating Partnerships Distinguished Service Award
  •  2014 Certificate of Appreciation Awarded by the Young & Powerful Group
  •  2013 Young Elected Officals Network Award for Education Policy
  •  2011 Certificaate of Appreciaiton On Behalf of the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind citizens of Maryland
  •  2010 Educational Foundation, Inc. Award for Support of MCPS Students and Their Efforts to Pursue Post-Secondry Education
  •  2010 Certificate of Appreciation Award for Successfully Leading legislative efforts to create a Cultural Competency Training Curriculum for School Police
  •  2010 Poolesville Skate Park Grant Funding Appreciation Award
  •  2009 In recognition of Invaluable Support Award for the TLC Initiative 
  •  2009 Maryland State Legislative Squadron, Civil Air Patrol Award for support inRecognition of Humanitarian Services to Our Country
  •  2008 Maryland Association of Youth Services Bureaus (MAYSB) Advocacy in Action Award


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