|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oklahoma's 5th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2021
|Preceded by||Kendra Horn|
|Member of the Oklahoma Senate|
from the 22nd district
November 18, 2014 – December 31, 2020
|Preceded by||Rob Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Jake Merrick|
Stephanie Irene Asady
November 11, 1973
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Education||Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (BS)|
Stephanie Irene Bice (née Asady; born November 11, 1973) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district since 2021. A member of the Republican Party, she is the first Iranian American to be elected to Congress. Bice represented the 22nd district in the Oklahoma Senate from 2014 to 2020.
Bice was born in Oklahoma City to an American mother (Paula Sue Vanhooser, of Dutch heritage) and an Iranian-born father (Hosein "Joe" Asady). Asady came to the United States at a young age to study computer science. He received a BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1973 and became an American citizen in 1975. Asady is the founder and 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, Bice worked for eight years in financial oversight, business strategy and marketing for her family's technology company in Oklahoma City. She later helped lead a boutique digital marketing agency in Oklahoma City as vice president of business development.
Bice was first elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2014. She was reelected in 2018 with 73% of the vote in the Republican primary and 68% of the vote in the general election.
Bice represented the 22nd district in the Oklahoma Senate from 2014 to 2020. She served on the Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation, and the Business, Commerce & Tourism, Finance, Public Safety committees. In 2016, the Senate Republican Caucus elected Bice Assistant Majority Floor Leader.
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. 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.[better source needed] The measure deals with the overuse of powerful antipsychotic drugs for nursing home patients who have not received a psychiatric diagnosis or given informed consent. 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.
In April 2019, Bice announced her candidacy for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district in the 2020 election. The 5th district had been a Republican stronghold for over 40 years until Democrat Kendra Horn was elected in 2018.
In June 2020, Oklahoman.com reported that the Bice campaign sent a mailer including the Oklahomans for Life logo without the organization's permission. Bice said, "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".
Bice placed second in the June 30 Republican primary behind Terry Neese, a businesswoman who was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Oklahoma in 1990. As no candidate won 50% of the vote, Bice and Neese advanced to a runoff. Bice defeated Neese in the runoff and Horn in the general election. She focused her campaign on immigration and affordable healthcare.
Bice is the first Iranian American to be elected to Congress.
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".
On January 6, 2021, Bice voted to object to Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.
On January 20, the day of Joe Biden's inauguration, Bice was one of 17 newly elected House Republicans to sign a letter congratulating him and expressing hope of bipartisan cooperation.
In March 2021, Bice voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
On May 19, 2021, Bice was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6, 2021 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
Bice graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma. She married Geoffrey Bice in 1996. They have two daughters and live in Edmond, Oklahoma. Bice is Catholic and attends St. Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.
|Democratic||Kendra Horn (incumbent)||145,658||47.9|
|Republican||Jake A. Merrick||1,736||2.6|
|Republican||Miles V. Rahimi||966||1.4|
|Republican||Charles Tuffy Pringle||907||1.3|
Bice was unopposed in the 2014 general election.
Full Name: Stephanie Irene Bice ... Alternate Name: Stephanie Irene Asady
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