Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.) was first sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2021, representing Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. She won reelection in 2022 with 68% of the vote.
A native of the district she now represents, Bice graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1995 with a degree in Marketing and International Business. She served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 2014–20, and prior to holding public office, worked for eight years in marketing and at her family’s technology company.
During the 2020 campaign, Bice was accused of leaking audio tapes of her Republican primary opponent, Terry Neese, instructing employees at her employment agency to lie to clients. Bice denied the allegations and claims to have no idea who leaked the tapes to local news outlets.
After the 2020 presidential election, Bice adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. She objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
Bice is a member of the Freedom Force, a group of House Republicans committed to combating what they call “socialism” in the Democratic Party. Founded by freshman members in 2021, the group is meant as an antidote to the Squad led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Bice joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- On Jan. 13, 2021, Bice voted against impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the insurrection, noting: “Today’s rushed vote is one for political expediency that will only impede efforts to heal the nation…. I will not vote to further divide this nation at a time when we should be focused on helping the American people and unifying the country.”
- On May 19, 2021, Bice was one of the 35 Republicans to break with the party and vote in favor of establishing a national commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, saying, “there is much more we must know about the circumstances surrounding that day.” After Senate Republicans killed that idea, she voted against creating a House select committee to undertake the investigation.
- Bice’s concerns about getting to the bottom of what happened on Jan. 6 apparently centered more on government accountability on the Hill than finding any fault with Trump or his allies. “I remain troubled by the lack of transparency from the leadership of the Capitol Police and the House and Senate Sergeants-at-Arms as it relates to the preparation and response from those charged with securing the Capitol,” she told a reporter for The Oklahoman. “Finding and correcting the issues that led to the breach of the Capitol and the forces that protect it will ensure the people’s House is safe and secure for all who visit and work there.”
- In June 2022, Bice wrote on her House website that while she had been in favor of a bipartisan commission to look into the Jan. 6 attack, she “vehemently opposed legislation that established the January 6 Select Committee, because I was deeply concerned it would be nothing but political theater for House Democrats. Sadly, this is precisely what we are witnessing today.”
The Big Lie
- In explaining her decision to oppose certification of Electoral College votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania, Bice said, “For me, this was never about overturning an election…. For me, this was more about making sure that state legislatures have the ultimate authority over election laws.”