Thomas Ravenel

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Thomas Ravenel
Treasurer of South Carolina
In office
January 10, 2007 – July 24, 2007
GovernorMark Sanford
Preceded byGrady Patterson
Succeeded byConverse Chellis
Personal details
Born(1962-08-11) August 11, 1962 (age 52)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
Alma materThe Citadel
University of South Carolina, Columbia
 
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Thomas Ravenel
Treasurer of South Carolina
In office
January 10, 2007 – July 24, 2007
GovernorMark Sanford
Preceded byGrady Patterson
Succeeded byConverse Chellis
Personal details
Born(1962-08-11) August 11, 1962 (age 52)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
Alma materThe Citadel
University of South Carolina, Columbia

Thomas Ravenel (born August 11, 1962) is a South Carolina politician and former State Treasurer. He is the son of former South Carolina Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr.

He currently stars on the Bravo reality series Southern Charm and is running as an Independent candidate for the United States Senate in the 2014 election in South Carolina.

Background[edit]

Prior to running for office, Ravenel founded the Ravenel Development Corporation,[1] a commercial real estate company.[1]

Ravenel ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, seeking the seat left open when Fritz Hollings retired. He came in third in the Republican primary election. After Ravenel endorsed Republican Jim DeMint, DeMint went on to win the Republican runoff and the general election.[2] Subsequently, Ravenel was fined over $19,000 by the Federal Election Commission for improperly filing the required forms for the election.[3]

Ravenel ran for South Carolina Treasurer in 2006, defeating 9-term state treasurer Democrat Grady Patterson in the 2006 general election.[4]

Ravenel endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 Republican primaries.[5]

Ravenel is currently a part of the cast of Bravo's Southern Charm.[6]

He has a daughter, Kensington Calhoun Ravenel, born March 24, 2014, with Southern Charm co-star and girlfriend, Kathryn Dennis.

Education[edit]

Ravenel graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, receiving his B.S. in 1985. He later received his M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina[7] in 1991.

Federal drug charges[edit]

In June 2007, Ravenel was indicted on federal cocaine distribution charges by US Attorney Reginald Lloyd.[8] The filed charges allege that Ravenel purchased less than 500 grams of cocaine through an intermediary in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2005, prior to his election as treasurer but after his abortive entry in the 2004 Senate race.

Governor Mark Sanford suspended Ravenel from his duties as state treasurer upon learning of the charges, and appointed Columbia attorney Ken Wingate to replace Ravenel on an interim basis. Meanwhile, Ravenel decided to enter a rehabilitation facility, according to prosecutors.[9]

Ravenel had been volunteering for the Rudolph Giuliani presidential campaign, serving as his South Carolina state chairman. Ravenel resigned from that post after the indictment, according to Giuliani campaign officials. The campaign subsequently replaced Ravenel with Barry Winn, who was co-chair of South Carolina finance committee.[10]

On July 24, Ravenel resigned as Treasurer.[11] The South Carolina General Assembly elected state Rep. Converse Chellis to serve out the remainder of his term.[12][13]

Ravenel underwent a rehabilitation program in Arizona, and then returned to plead guilty to "conspiring to buy and distribute less than 100 grams of cocaine" in September 2007.[14][15]

Sentencing[edit]

On Friday, March 4, 2008, Thomas Ravenel was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for drug charges against him, but was not immediately ordered to report to begin his sentence.[16]

2014 Campaign for Senate[edit]

On Monday, July 14, 2014, Thomas Ravenel submitted more than 17,000 signatures, officially placing him on the ballot as an independent candidate against incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Grady Patterson
Treasurer of South Carolina
2007
Succeeded by
Converse Chellis