Ken Ard

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Ken Ard
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Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Former officeholder
In office
January 12, 2011 - March 9, 2012
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Member, Florence County Council
2004 - 2010
Place of birthPamlico, SC
Office website
Campaign website
James Ken Ard, ( Pamlico, South Carolina) is a former Republican Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. He was first elected on November 2, 2010 to a term that was not scheduled to end until 2014, but he resigned on March 9, 2012 amid a criminal investigation into his campaign spending.[1]

Prior to running for the lieutenant governor's seat, Ard spent six years as part of the County Council in Florence County. In 2009, he was elected chair of the Florence County Republican Party. He is also a past President of Double A Body Builder, a truck company in his native Pamlico.

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina (2011-2012)

See also: The dreaded promotion: South Carolina's lieutenant governorship


Campaign finance

In February 2011, the South Carolina Ethics Commission began reviewing Ard's post-election spending.[2] When the investigation concluded, he was cited with 107 ethics violations. Ard settled with the commission by paying a hefty fine, covering the cost of the investigation, and reimbursing his campaign for over $12,121 in unauthorized expenditures.[3]

The commission's report also noted that Ard misled investigators about purchases made with campaign funds on more than one occasion.[4] The report caught the attention of Attorney General Alan Wilson and prompted his office to review Ard's case to determine whether or not criminal charges are warranted.

When Ard resigned, he set off a mini-succession crisis that eventually resulted in a constitutional amendment to reform the lieutenant governorship.


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ken Ard endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [5]



See also: South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Ard placed first in the June 8 primary but not by a large enough margin to avoid a runoff. The runoff took place on June 22, with Ard defeating Bill Connor by a margin of 61.34% to 38.66%.

Ard faced Ashley Cooper (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Ard 55.2% 735,089
     Democratic Ashley Cooper 44.8% 596,620
     Write-In Various 0.1% 1,012
Total Votes 1,332,721
Election Results via South Carolina State Election Commission

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Married to his wife, Tammy, for 20 years, Ard has three children, Jesse, Mason, and Libby. The Ards belong to Southside Baptist Church in Florence.

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