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Ronald L. Rice Leadership Award

Senator Ronald L. Rice Leadership Award

Ronald L. Rice Leadership Award

Senator Rice is best known for fighting for the rights of the people, unbossed, and his refusal to be controlled by individuals and special interest groups who simply want to become politically involved for their own personal gain.

Over the years, Senator Rice has sponsored legislation that has literally brought millions of dollars in State aid to the 28th District. The funding has helped local government keep taxes down for hard-working residents and homeowners. Senator Rice has also sponsored legislation designed to continue funding programs for children, seniors and disabled residents throughout the State. He has been instrumental in securing funding to help prevent the layoffs of police and fire personnel, as well as money to help renovate and restore abandoned buildings in New Jersey’s urban areas. Senator Rice has authored legislation to address the needs of our education system through the development of programs to aid with college tuition, public school construction, pupil transportation, early childhood education, daycare and special education. He has put his experience as a police officer to work by sponsoring legislation to address the crime and quality of life issues that plague communities throughout New Jersey.

In July 1996, Senator Rice sponsored legislation creating the New Jersey Redevelopment Act which ultimately became the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority.

Senator Rice previously served as the Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, Vice Chair of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, and he holds membership on the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee. During his tenure in the Senate, Senator Rice has served as the Senate Assistant Deputy Majority Leader, the Assistant Deputy Minority Leader, Associate Minority Leader, Chairman of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of the Senate Law and Public Safety and Veteran Affairs Committee, and a member of the Senate Environment, Education, and Budget and Appropriations Committees. Senator Rice has served on several national committees including the National League of Cities Energy Environment and Natural Resources Committee as Vice Chairman, the Sub-Committee on Energy as Chairman the American Association of Blacks in Energy and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.

Senator Rice is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice where he received his Master’s Degree and Rutgers University Law School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970, and received an Honorable Discharge.

The Senator represents the 28th Legislative District representing Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Nutley and portions of Newark.