Stephanie Bice
Rep. Stephanie Bice, 117th Congress.jpg
Official portrait, 2021
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byKendra Horn
Assistant Majority Floor Leader of the Oklahoma Senate
In office
2017 – December 31, 2020
Succeeded byJames Leewright
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
November 18, 2014 – December 31, 2020
Preceded byRob Johnson
Succeeded byJake Merrick
Personal details
Stephanie Irene Asady

(1973-11-11) November 11, 1973 (age 49)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Geoffrey Bice
(m. 1996)
EducationOklahoma State University, Stillwater (BS)
WebsiteHouse Website

Stephanie Irene Bice (née Asady; born November 11, 1973)[1][2] 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.

Early life, education, and early career

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.[citation needed]

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. She later helped lead a boutique digital marketing agency in Oklahoma City as vice president of business development.[4][5]

Oklahoma Senate


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


Bice represented the 22nd district in the Oklahoma Senate from 2014 to 2020.[10][11][12] She served on the Subcommittee on General Government and Transportation, and the Business, Commerce & Tourism, Finance, Public Safety committees.[12] In 2016, the Senate Republican Caucus elected Bice Assistant Majority Floor Leader.[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 using 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 or given informed consent. The action was signed into law in May 2019.

Bice sponsored State Question 792, overhauling Oklahoma's liquor laws by allowing grocery stores to sell full-point beer and wine.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives



See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma § District 5

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 40 years until Democrat Kendra Horn was elected in 2018.[18]

In June 2020, 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".[19]

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.[20][21] Bice defeated Neese in the runoff and Horn in the general election.[22][23] She focused her campaign on immigration and affordable healthcare.[10]

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


See also: 2022 United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma § District 5

Bice defeated primary challenger Subrina Banks in the Republican primary and Democratic candidate Joshua Harris-Till and Independent David Frosch in the general election.


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]

On January 6, 2021, Bice voted to object to Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.[28]

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.[29]

In March 2021, Bice voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[30]

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.[31]

Committee assignments

Personal life

Bice graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma.[33] She married Geoffrey Bice in 1996.[34] They have two daughters and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.[33] Bice is Catholic and attends St. Eugene Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.[35]

Electoral history

2022 congressional election

2022 general election results, Oklahoma's 5th congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Bice (incumbent) 152,699 59.0
Democratic Joshua Harris-Till 96,799 37.4
Independent David Frosch 9,328 3.6
Total votes 258,826 100.0
2022 Republican primary results, Oklahoma's 5th congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Bice (incumbent) 51,612 68.4
Republican Subrina Banks 23,891 31.6
Total votes 75,503 100.0

2020 congressional election

2020 general election results, Oklahoma's 5th congressional district[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Stephanie Bice 158,191 52.1
Democratic Kendra Horn (incumbent) 145,658 47.9
Total votes 303,849 100.0
2020 Republican primary runoff results, Oklahoma's 5th congressional district[37]
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[38]
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

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

Bice was unopposed in the 2014 general election.[39]

2014 Republican runoff primary results, Oklahoma Senate District 22[40]
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[41]
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


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  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. ^ Polansky, Chris (January 7, 2021). "After Attack, All 5 Oklahoma US Representatives Still Vote To Oppose Certified Election Results". Retrieved September 9, 2021.
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