Candidate Profile
Thomas Ravenel

Other , South Carolina


Thomas Ravenel
U.S. Senator

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Henry McMaster, Mark Sanford, Mick Mulvaney, Nikki Haley, Ralph W. Norman, State Republican Party Organizations, Timothy E. Scott


Beth Bernstein







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.


4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.


5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.


8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.


14. The federal government should establish nationwide standards (such as Common Core) for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

15. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?

Having studied thousands of years of human history and people's struggle for freedom, our founders were very hostile toward concentrations of coercive power in the hands of a few. Therefore, they divided power at the federal level horizontally with a system of checks and balances between the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, and they also divided power vertically through federalism as outlined in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.

16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.

1) Limited Government: I believe we need a government strong enough to secure our God-given rights against those who would violate them through force or fraud, but not so strong as negate or abridge them. 2) Free Enterprise: History has shown that free people and free markets deliver better services at lower prices than government-run monopolies. 3) Individual Liberty: History has shown that individual liberty will do far more for the common good than collectivist coercion.

17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Abortion should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is threatened.

18. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God Voters Constitution Congress Supreme Court Industry Academia

19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I strongly believe that the government should stay out of religious choices that individual Americans make.


  • The Citadel, Charleston, Business Administration, 1985
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, Masters Business Adminstration, 1991
Work & Military
  • Real Estate, President, Ravenel Development Corporation, 22
  • French Huguenot Church, Member
  • Schools for Disabled Children, Contributor
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Contributor
  • CATO Institute, Contributor
  • Kiwanis Club, Member
  • Rotary Club, Member
  • Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Member and Contributor
  • Treasurer, State of S.C., Held 1
  • U.S. Senate, Sought 2004
  • S.C. House Seat 114, Sought 1988

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