MULLINS, S.C. —U.S. Congressman Tom Rice paid a visit to Marion County Thursday with a pair of stops in Marion and Mullins. More than 30 people gathered at Garden Alley in Mullins for the Coffee with your Congressman event.

Rice said the purpose of the meetings is to hear the concerns of his constituency.

“What I try to convey to people is that if they look around there are so many good things and su much opportunity for people that didn’t have opportunities for a long time,” he said. “I’m proud of the progress that we’ve made and going to keep looking forward.”

Rice, a Republican who was elected in 2012 and reelected in 2014, 2016 and 2018, represents South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes most of Florence County and all of Darlington, Marion, Dillon, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Georgetown and Horry counties.

Most of the public comments from the crowd concerned disaster recovery where many residents are still in need of housing repairs.

Rice also took the moment to discuss the positive impact of Inland Port, which opened on April 16, 2018.

Mullins Mayor William “Bo” McMillan said he is beginning to see the benefit of the port.

“We’re beginning to see things happen,” he said. “People are beginning to believe and invest in Marion County.”

Rice said he wants to people to come away with an understanding.

“Some people come just try and understand what we’re doing and others come because they got a problem with the government,” he said. “I got a team of staff members here that will take their information and follow-up with them and see if we could help open those doors. It’s a multi-facet event.”

Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.

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