Frances Presley Rice is a 20-year Army veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1984 after twenty years of active duty service.
She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California; a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California; and a Bachelor of Science degree from Drury College, Springfield, Missouri.
Upon retirement, she was awarded the Legion of Merit for her years of service, the highest medal that can be awarded to a non-combatant. At that time, she was also accorded the distinction of being one of America's top 100 Black Business and Professional Women by the editorial board of Dollars and Sense magazine.
Currently, she is chairman of the National Black Republican Association.