(Austin) – The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) First Vice-President Jim Rice (Fort Bend ISD) has been named the chair of the 2018-19 TASB Legislative Committee. The committee is a standing committee of TASB Board of Directors.
Elected to the TASB Board of Directors in 2012, Rice previously chaired the Legislative Committee during the 84th Legislative Session and has served on the Nominations and Planning and Development committees.
Rice was elected to the Fort Bend ISD Board in May 2010. He was elected board secretary beginning in June 2011 and board president beginning in 2012, serving two consecutive terms in that office. He is a 2014 graduate of Leadership TASB.
Rice is president of Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc., an engineering and construction management firm. In addition to his professional duties, he currently serves as the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Education Division vice-chair and is a 2005 graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Forum Class.
He is also involved in numerous civic organizations for Fort Bend, including Fort Bend Cares, Fort Bend Literacy Council, Fort Bend P16 Regional Council, and Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. Rice is co-founder of the charity Fort Bend Cares, which benefits underprivileged youth in the community.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.34 million students.