Vic Rawl

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Vic Rawl
Member of the
Charleston County Council
Assumed office
Justice on the
9th South Carolina Circuit Court
In office
Member of the
South Carolina
House of Representatives
In office
In office
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Laura Rawl
Residence Charleston, South Carolina
Alma mater University of South Carolina School of Law
College of Charleston
Occupation Jurist
Military service
Service/branch United States National Guard
Years of service 1968-1994
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit JAG Corps

A. Victor Rawl is a member of the Charleston County council in Charleston, South Carolina. Rawl was a candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina in 2010; he lost the Democratic primary to Alvin Greene[1] in a surprise upset and unsuccessfully protested the outcome of the race.[2][3][4]


Rawl grew up on Johns Island, South Carolina and attended high school at Porter-Gaud, then graduated in 1968 from the College of Charleston, where he met his wife Laura. They have been married 40 years and have one son, Vic Jr. Rawl graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1973.[5]


He was an officer in the SC National Guard for twenty-six years. He rose from the ranks of enlisted soldiers to retire with the rank of Lt. Colonel, serving as a Judge Advocate. He was in private law practice 1973 to 1986. He worked as a criminal prosecutor in 1976.[6]

House of Representatives[edit]

Rawl was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives four times and served from 1977 to 1978 and from 1980–1986, for a total of eight years. From 1980 to 1986 Rawl worked on the State Reorganization Commission, S. C. Housing Authority, and S.C. Prison Overcrowding Project.

Workers Compensation Commission[edit]

Rawl served on the Workers Compensation Commission from 1986 to 1990, deciding workers’ compensation cases and becoming familiar with South Carolina workers and the businesses that employ them.

S.C. Circuit Court[edit]

He served as a Circuit Court Judge from 1991–2003, presiding over thousands of Criminal and Civil Court cases throughout the State of South Carolina.

Charleston County Council[edit]

Rawl came out of retirement to be elected to Charleston County Council in 2008. His primary concerns on Council are road works, public transit, responsible development, public safety, waste management, and the responsible use of public funds. On council he has worked on recycling issues and voted to install solar panels on the Charleston County Jail to reduce energy costs. He currently sits on the Finance, Planning/Public Works, Public Safety/Health, Economic Development and Audit committees. He is a member of the CARTA board, helping administer one of the nation’s most cost-effective public transit systems.

2010 U.S. Senate Candidacy[edit]

Rawl ran for the Democratic Party's nomination for the United States Senate seat in South Carolina currently held by Republican Jim DeMint. He announced his candidacy in a statewide tour with consultants Harlan Hill and William J. Hampton, kicking off with a rally in Charleston, SC. He was ultimately defeated by Alvin Greene in the June 8 primary in what was widely viewed as a surprising result, given that Greene had little campaign funding and had no campaign staff or website.[7] Rawl filed a formal protest of the official election results.[2][8] On June 17, 2010, the executive committee of the South Carolina Democratic Party held a formal hearing on the matter. The committee rejected Rawl's request for another primary election, and upheld the June 8 election results.[4][9]


  1. ^ Weigel, David. Jim DeMint gets the kind of opponent candidates dream about. The Washington Post. June 8, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Kinnard, Meg (2010-06-17) "SC Dems hearing protest over US Senate primary", The Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  3. ^ O'Donnell, Kelly (2010-06-16) "SC Dems to hold hearing on Greene tomorrow" Archived June 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  4. ^ a b Toeplitz, Shira (2010-06-18) "S.C. Dems reject Rawl appeal", Politico. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  5. ^ "The Post and Courier - Rawl begins Senate campaign - Charleston SC". 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Because someone has to challenge DeMint | Rock Bottom". Charleston City Paper. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  7. ^ Adcox, Seanna. Alvin Greene UPSET: Mystery Man Stuns In South Carolina Senate Primary. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  8. ^ Pappas, Alex (2010-06-17) "How Alvin Greene could get booted from the ballot in South Carolina", The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  9. ^ Kinnard, Meg. "SC Dems uphold US Senate primary shocker", The Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-06-17.