Legislative Director, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
James Aaron Rice is the Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, for whom he has worked since June 2000. In this role, James oversees Senator Grassley’s legislative team while also serving as the chief advisor to Senator Grassley on foreign policy matters. This includes staffing Senator Grassley in his role as co-chair of the Senate Baltic Freedom Caucus where James coordinates with the three Baltic embassies and Baltic American organizations to build on the strong U.S.-Baltic partnership. James’s previous professional experience includes positions in the Iowa Senate, an internship with the British Conservative Party, and work on various political campaigns. James has received a public diplomacy award from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his contributions to understanding of Estonia in the United States and has been awarded the National Defence System of the Republic of Lithuania Medal of Merit for civilians for his work on Baltic security. He has been selected as a National Review Institute Washington Fellow, a Hillsdale College Madison Fellow, and an Atlantic Council Eurasia Congressional Fellow. James received a B.A. from Drake University with majors in political science and history and an M.A. in Statecraft and International Affairs from the Institute of World Politics. He speaks French. James was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa.
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