Stephanie Bice

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Stephanie Bice
Stephanie Bice 117th U.S Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byKendra Horn
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
November 18, 2014 – December 31, 2020
Preceded byRob Johnson
Succeeded byTBD
Personal details
Born
Stephanie Irene Asady[1]

(1973-11-11) November 11, 1973 (age 47)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Geoffrey Bice
(m. 1996)
Children2
EducationOklahoma State University, Stillwater (BS)
Signature
WebsiteHouse Website

Stephanie Irene Bice (née Asady, Persian: اسدی‎; born November 11, 1973)[2] is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, Bice is the first Iranian American to be elected to Congress. She previously represented the 22nd district in the Oklahoma Senate from 2014 to 2020.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Bice was born in Oklahoma City to an American mother named Paula Sue Vanhooser and an Iranian immigrant father named Hosein Asady (also known as Joe Asady). Asady came to America at a young age to study computer science. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1973, and became an American citizen in 1975. Joe Asady is the Founder/CEO of a network technology company.

After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a minor in international business,[3] Bice worked for eight years in financial oversight, business strategy and marketing for her family's technology company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She later helped lead a boutique digital marketing agency in Oklahoma City as vice president of business development.[4][5]

Oklahoma State Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

Bice was first elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2014.[6] She was re-elected in 2018 with 73% of the vote in the Republican primary and 68% of the vote in the general election.[7][8][9]

Tenure[edit]

Bice represented the 22nd district in the Oklahoma Senate from 2014 until 2020.[10][11][12] Bice served on the Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation, and the Business, Commerce & Tourism, Finance, Public Safety committees.[12] In 2016, Bice was elected by the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the Senate.[13]

Bice was the Senate sponsor of House Bill 1269, a law that provided relief to people who were serving felony prison sentences for crimes that are now misdemeanors.[14] Instead of automatically granting retroactive relief to all eligible inmates, state lawmakers directed the Pardon and Parole Board to establish an accelerated, single-stage commutation docket to review eligible cases.

Bice sponsored SB 142, which required informed consent for nursing home patients and their families regarding the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs.[15][better source needed] The measure deals with the overuse of powerful antipsychotic drugs for nursing home patients who have not received a psychiatric diagnosis, nor has informed consent been given by the patients or their representatives. The measure was signed into law in May 2019.

Bice was a sponsor of State Question 792, which overhauled Oklahoma's liquor laws by allowing grocery stores to sell full point beer and wine.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2020[edit]

In April 2019, Bice announced her candidacy for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district in the 2020 election.[17] The 5th district had been a Republican stronghold for over forty years until Democratic incumbent Kendra Horn was elected in 2018.[18]

In June 2020, Oklahoman.com reported that a campaign mailer sent by the Bice campaign included the Oklahomans for Life logo; the organization denied having given permission for its logo to be used. Bice commented, "'I understand Oklahomans for Life wasn't endorsing in this race and wanted to make clear that I am pro-life and have stood with Oklahomans for Life'".[19]

Bice placed second in the June 30, 2020, Republican primary behind Terry Neese, a businesswoman who had previously been the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in 1990. As no candidate secured 50 percent of votes cast, Bice and Neese advanced to a runoff election.[20][21] Bice defeated Neese in the runoff election and faced Horn in the general election.[22] Bice defeated Horn, returning the seat to Republican control after one term.[23] Bice focused her campaign on affordable healthcare and limiting immigration.[10]

Bice is the first Iranian American to be elected to Congress.[24]

Tenure[edit]

In late 2020, Bice was identified as a participant in the Freedom Force, a group of incoming Republican members of the House of Representatives who "say they're fighting against socialism in America".[25][26][27]

Personal life[edit]

Bice graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma.[28] She married Geoffrey Bice in 1996.[29] The Bices have two daughters and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.[28] Bice is Catholic and attends St. Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.[30]

Electoral history[edit]

2020 congressional election[edit]

2020 general election results, Oklahoma's 5th congressional district[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Bice 158,191 52.1
Democratic Kendra Horn 145,658 47.9
Total votes 303,849 100.0
2020 Republican primary runoff results, Oklahoma's 5th congressional district[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Bice 27,402 52.9
Republican Terry Neese 24,369 47.1
Total votes 51,771 100.0
2020 Republican primary results, Oklahoma's 5th congressional district[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Terry Neese 24,822 36.5
Republican Stephanie Bice 17,289 25.4
Republican David Hill 12,915 19.0
Republican Janet Barresi 6,796 10.0
Republican Jake A. Merrick 1,736 2.6
Republican Michael Ballard 1,689 2.5
Republican Miles V. Rahimi 966 1.4
Republican Shelli Landon 912 1.3
Republican Charles Tuffy Pringle 907 1.3
Total votes 68,032 100.0

2018 Oklahoma Senate election[edit]

2018 general election results, Oklahoma Senate District 22[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Stephanie Bice 24,465 68.3% N/A
Democratic William Andrews 11,377 31.7% N/A
Total votes 35,842 100% N/A

2014 Oklahoma Senate election[edit]

Bice was unopposed in the 2014 general election.[34]

2014 Republican runoff primary results, Oklahoma Senate District 22[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Bice 2,693 53.1
Republican Mark Thomas 2,381 46.9
Total votes 5,074 100.0
2014 Republican primary results, Oklahoma Senate District 22[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Bice 3,191 37.1
Republican Mark Thomas 2,845 33.2
Republican Leif Francel 2,537 29.6
Total votes 8,573 100.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Stephanie Bice". LegiStorm. Retrieved January 18, 2021. Full Name: Stephanie Irene Bice ... Alternate Name: Stephanie Irene Asady
  2. ^ "Stephanie Bice". Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  3. ^ Snyder, Dan (June 17, 2020). "Meet the candidate: Stephanie Bice (R-OK5)". KOKH.
  4. ^ Forman, Carmen (April 12, 2020). "Outlook 2020: Bice played a key role in bringing Oklahoma into the modern liquor era". Oklahoman.com. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Bice announces bid". Yukon Progress. April 26, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  6. ^ "State Sen. Bice to challenge Oklahoma US Rep. Horn in 2020". KJRH. April 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Stephanie Bice". Ballotpedia. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "State Election Results, General Election, November 6, 2018". www.ok.gov.
  9. ^ OFFICIAL RESULTS - Primary Election, Oklahoma Secretary of State, June 26, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). "13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history". FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "Oklahoma District 5 election results: Stephanie Bice beats Kendra Horn for House seat". Oklahoman.com. November 4, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Senator Stephanie Bice - District 22". Oksenate.gov. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "Bice gets GOP leadership role". edmondlifeandleisure.com. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "How Oklahoma enacted the largest commutation in US history". Washington Examiner. November 15, 2019. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Oklahoma State Senate - News". Oklahoma Senate. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Oklahoma State Question 792 alcohol ballot measure approved". Oklahoman. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Scavelli, Melissa (April 24, 2019). "Stephanie Bice to run against Horn in 2020". KOKH. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  18. ^ "Kendra Horn upsets Steve Russell in an Oklahoma City stunner". Oklahoman.com. November 6, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  19. ^ "Anti-abortion group claims mail pieces misleading in 5th District primary". Oklahoman.com. June 18, 2020. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  20. ^ "Live Primary Election Results: Races in Colorado, Oklahoma and Utah". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  21. ^ Adger, Patrina (July 1, 2020). "Terry Neese, Stephanie Bice advance to Republican House runoff election". KOCO. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  22. ^ Axelrod, Tal (August 25, 2020). "Bice wins Oklahoma GOP runoff to face Horn in November". TheHill. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  23. ^ "Bice defeats Horn, wins back Oklahoma's lone Democratic seat". AP NEWS. November 3, 2020.
  24. ^ Firozi, Paulina. "House GOP chipped away at Democratic majority. They can thank female candidates" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  25. ^ Jankowicz, Mia. "A group of incoming GOP House members, calling themselves the 'Freedom Force,' are trying to counter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Squad'". Business Insider.
  26. ^ Parke, Caleb (December 1, 2020). "GOP Congresswoman-elect on forming 'Freedom Force': Left is 'totally out of line' with mainstream". Fox News.
  27. ^ "The 'Freedom Force': Republican group takes on the Squad and 'evil' socialism". the Guardian. November 30, 2020.
  28. ^ a b "About | Stephanie Bice for Congress". BiceforCongress.com. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  29. ^ "Bice Marriage License".
  30. ^ "Oklahoma senator is named 'Friend of Faith' - Article Photos". Oklahoman.com. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  31. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board Official Results, November 3, 2020". Results.OKElections.us. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  32. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board Official Results, August 25, 2020". Results.OKElections.us. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  33. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board Official Results, June 30, 2020". Results.OKElections.us. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  34. ^ Holp, Karen. "Now Official: In Many Uncontested Races, Candidates Have Been Winners For Awhile". www.kgou.org.
  35. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board - 20140826 Runoffprimaryelections". www.ok.gov.
  36. ^ "Oklahoma State Election Board - 20140624 Primaryelections". www.ok.gov.

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