Jenny Sanford

Politician + Investment Banker + Governor
Born Sep 11, 1962

Jennifer Sullivan Sanford is the former First Lady of South Carolina, heiress, and former investment banker. She was married to Governor Mark Sanford, whose initial campaigns she substantially funded. On December 11, 2009, she announced that she was filing for divorce, after it became known that Governor Sanford had flown to Argentina to have an affair with Maria Belen Chapur, a 43-year old divorced mother from Buenos Aires.… Read More

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1962 Birth Born on September 11, 1962.


1984 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Sanford attended Woodlands Academy, an all-girls Catholic school in Lake Forest, Illinois. She graduated magna cum laude, earning her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1984.
1989 26 Years Old The couple married in 1989, and eventually had four sons, Marshall, Landon, Bolton, and Blake. … Read More


1994 31 Years Old In 1994, she managed her husband's successful campaign for the United States House of Representatives, as well as his successful campaign for Governor of South Carolina in 2002. … Read More


2005 42 Years Old In 2005, she launched the Healthy South Carolina Challenge, an initiative to reduce the incidence of chronic preventable disease. … Read More
On June 24, 2009, after having been absent from South Carolina for several days, her husband admitted to an affair with a woman from Argentina identified in multiple press reports as María Belén Chapur.
2010 47 Years Old 1 More Event
The Sanfords' divorce was finalized on March 19, 2010.


…  On January 14, 2013, she announced she would not be a candidate in the election. … Read More
2014 51 Years Old During the 2014 election season, Sanford crossed party lines to endorse Ginny Deerin, the Democratic Party nominee for South Carolina Secretary of State who was running against the Republican incumbent, Mark Hammond.
2015 52 Years Old In March, 2015, Sanford expressed interest in becoming Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
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