Craig Rice was first elected to the County Council in November 2010, becoming the youngest African American to ever serve on the nine-member Council and only the second African American man to serve in that role. In December 2013, his colleagues elected him to a one-year term as president of the Council.
The confidence fellow County Councilmembers showed in unanimously naming Craig a Council officer continued a trend that has been demonstrated by Montgomery County voters and by colleagues when he served in the Maryland House of Delegates.He was elected to the House of Delegates in 2006 and served until 2010. He served on the legislative body’s prestigious and influential Ways and Means Committee.
In 2010, he won election as the District 2 representative on the County Council. A resident of Germantown, he represents the sprawling Up-County region of Montgomery County’s most geographically diverse district, as well as its fastest growing. Craig represents some of the County’s most rural communities, including Damascus, Boyds and Hyattstown. However, with Germantown and Clarksburg in District 2, he also represents two of the most booming regions in Maryland. The district also includes Montgomery Village and part of North Potomac.
It is appropriate that Craig represents such varied areas of the County since he knows the County like few others elected officials: He has lived in all five County Council districts. Although he represents District 2, he can constantly be seen in the other four districts, getting involved with issues Countywide.Craig chairs the Council’s Education Committee and serves on its Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, he is the Council’s “Lead for Libraries,” weighing in on issues that affect the County’s library system. He also serves as the Council’s representative to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) in Annapolis and chairs MACo's Education Sub-Committee.
Craig received the 2008 Maryland Association of Youth Services Bureau “Advocacy in Action Legislator of the Year” award for his tireless efforts on behalf of the youth and families in Maryland. He is active in numerous organizations that benefit from his tenacious support including Youth Achieve, the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the Young Elected Officials Network, the Germantown Alliance, the Civil Air Patrol, the Black Rock Center for the Arts Board of Directors and the NAACP.
A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Craig attended Barrie Day Montessori School until third grade and then was placed in Gifted and Talented/Magnet programs of Montgomery County Public Schools until his graduation from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. He went on to the University of Illinois, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. However, following a family tragedy, he moved back home and eventually transferred to the University of Maryland, where he majored in Computer Science.
Craig’s interest in seeing the County improve its economic develop strategies stems from his background of having worked with Fortune 500 companies like Marriott International and Aramark Corporation. He also served as a business development manager for the Government of Puerto Rico.
Craig and wife Tia married in 2000. He is the father of two daughters, Anaiya and Caelyn, and son, Alex. In their spare time, the Rice family enjoys hikes through Seneca Creek State Park, fishing, skiing, snowboarding and bowling.
- Council President (December 2014-2015)
- Chair of the Education Committee
- Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Representative for Montgomery County and Chair of the Education Committee
- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): Chair, Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources Policy Committee