Jenny Sanford
Jenny Sanford
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.
Biography
Jenny Sanford's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for Jenny Sanford
Show More Show Less
News
News abour Jenny Sanford from around the web
SD philanthropist donates $125M to Sanford
NPR - about 3 years
South Dakota philanthropist Denny Sanford will donate $125 million to the health system that bears his name for a new program to integrate genetics and health care.
Article Link:
NPR article
Maria Belen Chapur, U.S. Rep. Sanford's Argentine Lover, Speaks Out On TV
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine woman who former South Carolina Gov. left his wife and derailed his career over, has finally spoken on camera about their relationship. Chapur was interviewed by a colleague at Infobae, an Argentine multimedia company where she writes a column. She agreed to talk about the U.S. government shutdown saga, and the interviewer didn't let the opportunity pass without asking her about her personal life with Sanford, who recently won a U.S. congressional seat and has tried to put the scandal over his love life behind him. "Yes, I'm happy. Until now, happy," she said, adding that she's met Sanford's children, and that she'll remain tied to Argentina for now because her younger son is just 19. "When we're together, we live together. Partly in Washington, partly in Charleston. Now it's difficult, but until last year he would come to Buenos Aires." Chapur and Sanford met in 2001 in Uruguay, and she sa ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Ex-South Carolina first lady eyes college presidency
USA Today - over 3 years
Ex-S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford interested in becoming College of Charleston president.
Article Link:
USA Today article
Rachel Campos-Duffy: Huma Should Take a Page From Dignified Jenny Sanford
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Another day, another mortifying half-truth confession from disgraced Congressman Weiner. Before the day was over, public discussions shifted away from Anthony Weiner's disturbing sexting fetishes to Huma Abedin's decision to publicly stand by her man. Perhaps that was the intended outcome. But on day two, the conversation is now about the mean, judgmental people who are making Huma's decision to stay in her marriage more stressful and difficult. Like this column in NBC's Today Health titled, "We feel you, Huma: Disapproving friends add extra sting to infidelity." When I tweeted that Huma should let her husband, "do his own creepy-weird press conferences," my generally supportive twitter friends shot back, "I support a spouses right to put up with her marriage choices" and "What would you do if it was your husband?" Since my husband is a sitting congressman and former colleague of Mr. Weiner, it's a fair question. As fellow members of the political spouse club ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Phil Perrier: Political Comebacks From Hell
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Politics is a fickle game; one minute you are riding high, and the next minute, you are John Edwards. But it is also a game of tremendous comebacks, like Richard Nixon and Marion "Bitch Set Me Up" Barry. So when an Anthony Weiner or a Mark Sanford looks like they want to run for office, after falling in flames, we ask, "What are they thinking?" to which the answer is, they are thinking Rocky, they are thinking Cinderella story, baby! Lets start with Anthony Weiner. The disgraced New York Congressman, who accidentally tweeted a photo of his "latest poll," shall we say, to all of his many Twitter followers, and not just the 21 year old female college student, to whom it was intended; well, lately Weiner has been sounding a lot like he may run for mayor of New York. Weiner was, in fact, a very promising prospect for mayor of Gotham before he experienced the worst political ending since Gaddafi. Since then, Weiner has been licking his wounds and ingesting a steady diet of bitch ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Mark Sanford Dropped By Fellow Republicans
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Wednesday that it was no longer financially backing former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) as he runs for Congress in a special election. "Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election," spokeswoman Andrea Bozek told Politico. Just 15 days ago, the NRCC had sounded enthusiastic about Sanford. "Voters in South Carolina have spoken and congratulations are in order for Mark Sanford as the victor in South Carolina's Republican runoff election," said Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the NRCC. "Without a doubt, Mark Sanford will campaign tirelessly to grow South Carolina jobs and work to get our nation's massive spending problem under control." The NRCC's switch is a blow to the former governor's comeback attempt following the shocking 2009 revelation of his extramarital affair, which upended his political career and led ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Jenny Sanford Not Endorsing in South Carolina House Race
ABC News - almost 4 years
Mark Sanford won’t get his ex-wife’s backing ahead of his special election in South Carolina next month. Jenny Sanford will not be endorsing a candidate in the race on May 7 that pits her ex-husband, former  Republican South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, against Democrat Elizabeth...     
Article Link:
ABC News article
Who Is Maria Belen Chapur?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won the GOP nomination in the race for an open House seat in his state Tuesday night, and in a rare public appearance, his fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur, stood by his side during his victory speech. According to the Post and Courier, Chapur is only visiting from Argentina for a short while. So who is the woman at the center of the 2009 scandal that derailed Sanford's political career? In June 2009, Sanford, then governor of South Carolina, disappeared for several days, claiming to be on a solo hiking trip along the Appalachian Trail. It was soon revealed that the hike was a cover-up -- Sanford was in fact headed to Argentina to visit Chapur, with whom he had been having an extramarital affair. Shortly after the affair became public, Sanford tearfully confessed his infidelity and his wife, Jenny Sanford, filed for divorce. The former first lady of South Carolina said she knew about the affair months before its public revelatio ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Mark Sanford Makes Rare Appearance With New Fiance
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) won the Republican nomination for the state's 1st Congressional District race on Tuesday, later making a rare appearance with the Argentinian woman at the heart of his 2009 sex scandal. That woman, Maria Belen Chapur, is now Sanford's fiancee. The two got engaged last summer, a year and a half after Sanford and his then-wife, Jenny Sanford, divorced. Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford thanks his fiancee Maria Belen Chapur as he addresses supporters in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, after winning the GOP nomination for the U.S. House seat he once held. Sanford is trying to make a comeback after his political career was derailed four years ago when he disappeared from the state only to return to admit the couple was having an affair. Sanford's wife, Jenny, later divorced him. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith) Sanford will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a special election on May 7. For more on the race, ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Laurin Manning: Can South Carolina Trust Mark Sanford Again?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Mark Sanford is poised to pull off one of the most impressive comebacks in modern political history. Tuesday night he garnered 37 percent of the vote in a 16-person Republican primary. He appears likely to clinch the party's nomination for the special election to fill South Carolina's recently vacated First Congressional seat. In a twist that could only happen in the alternate universe of South Carolina politics, the 2009 scandal that ended Sanford's marriage and torpedoed his 2012 presidential aspirations has served as a key prong of his comeback strategy. He's playing to the electorate's Christian sensibilities with themes of grace, empathy, and forgiveness. In his first campaign television ad released this cycle, a soft-spoken Sanford speaks plaintively of "a God of second chances." Before audiences he offers apologies and explanations perhaps best described as "verging on psychobabble" with lines like, "Our brokenness is indeed our connection." Promine ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
'Wounded' Mark Sanford Talks Biggest Fear Of Reentering Spotlight
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) has launched a comeback campaign to regain his seat in Congress -- but that doesn't mean he's not apprehensive. In an interview with Charleston, S.C.'s News 2, Sanford said his biggest fear going into this campaign is the media attention he consistently garners. “I’m scared to death in human terms. I mean, as I say, I’m a wounded warrior," Sanford said. "I’m going to step out as best I can and try and advance ideas that I’ve long believed in. But it’s not without fear and trepidation because you know you’re going to get hit, and you’re going to get hit hard.” Sanford officially announced Wednesday that he would enter the race for an open seat in Congress, which he previously held from 1995 to 2001. The seat was vacated when former GOP Rep. Tim Scott was appointed to the Senate. Sanford consulted his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, an often-rumored political contender, before launching his campaign. Sanford was caught in a medi ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Sanford Consulted Ex-Wife Before Launching Campaign
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) met with his ex-wife Jenny before launching a new political campaign, living up to his promise that he would never run against her for office. The state's former first lady was shortlisted for an open seat in the Senate by current Gov. Nikki Haley (R). When Haley filled the Senate seat with former-Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), it left an empty seat in the House, and both Sanford and his ex-wife were seen as potential candidates to fill the position. "I told her if she had an interest in doing this that I’m out, because there’d be nothing crazier than a husband and a wife running against each other,” Sanford said, according to The Hill. Sanford confirmed Wednesday that he would run to regain his seat in Congress, which he previously held from 1995 to 2001. The conservative Republican -- once a poster child for the GOP with presidential aspirations -- was caught in a media frenzy when he stepped down as governor in 2009 after ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Video: Jenny Sanford not running for Congress
CBS News - about 4 years
Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford announced today that she has decided against running for the Palmetto State's open congressional seat saying, "The idea of killing myself to run for a seat for the privilege of serving in a dysfunctional body under John Boehner when I have an eighth-grader at home just really doesn't make sense to me."
Article Link:
CBS News article
Legend Dies
Huffington Post - about 4 years
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jim Davenport, an Associated Press reporter who worked doggedly to inform people in South Carolina about what their governors, lawmakers and other powerful officials were doing with their tax money and their influence, died Monday, according to his wife, Debra. He was 54. Davenport died after battling cancer for two years. Davenport was a tenacious reporter. He not only was the first reporter to tell the world in 2009 that Gov. Mark Sanford had been missing for a couple of days, but he followed the story for years. Davenport revealed that Sanford used taxpayer money to upgrade himself to business or first-class on flights and use the state plane for personal trips. That led to Sanford paying a $74,000 fine, the biggest ethics penalty in state history. During his 13 years with the AP, Davenport also revealed that the state Commerce Department used a private marketing account to pay for $1,000 chairs, a maid for the director's Columbia apartment ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
What is happening today on Capitol Hill
Fox News - about 4 years
Below is from FNC Chad Pergram ——- Several disparate things to watch for on Capitol Hill today. House in at noon and then 2. Senate in at 2. Expect the chaplains of both bodies to address the Connecticut shootings on the floor. We may also have some miscelaneous comments about gun violence from rank and file members in the House…and from Senate leaders Reid and McConnell. Perhaps there will be some calls for gun measures. Also expect a moment of silence in the House tonight during the first vote series. Probably 6:45-6:50 pm et. They just did one of these a few days ago for the Colorado shooting. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today announces a successor to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) in South Carolina at noon. Among the potential successors are former South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford and Reps. Tim Scott (R-SC), Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and others. There also seems to be some off-stage movement on solving the fiscal cliff. Look for this to potentially develop more this ...
Article Link:
Fox News article
Jenny Sanford raises howl over loose dog fine
The State - South Carolina's Hom - almost 5 years
Former South Carolina first lady <a class="fplink fp-135574" href="/Jenny+Sanford+1">Jenny Sanford</a> says there?s no doubt her dog is guilty of running loose. Click to Continue »
Article Link:
The State - South Carolina's Hom article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jenny Sanford
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 52
    In March, 2015, Sanford expressed interest in becoming Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2014
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2013
    Age 50
    On February 3, 2013, Sanford found Mark Sanford leaving her Sullivan's Island house.
    More Details Hide Details
    In December, 2013, Sanford was appointed to the Charleston County Aviation Authority Board.
    More Details Hide Details
    On January 14, 2013, she announced she would not be a candidate in the election.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford expressed interest in becoming President of the College of Charleston upon the retirement of P. George Benson in 2014., but subsequently withdrew her name for consideration.
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 47
    She published a memoir, Staying True, which was released on February 5, 2010, which details her experience of her husband's affair and the effect it had on her own life.
    More Details Hide Details
    The Sanfords' divorce was finalized on March 19, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2009
    Age 46
    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 six months earlier. The divorce decree was granted on February 26, 2010. The couple's divorce was finalized on March 19, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois, an upscale suburb of Chicago. She is the second of five children born to an Irish Catholic family. Sanford's family was prominent in the area. Her great-grandfather, Joseph W. Sullivan, co-founded Skil Corporation, which manufactured the first portable electric saw. Her uncle and another grandfather, both lawyers, headed the Winston and Strawn law firm. Sanford also has familial ties to Rushton Skakel, the brother of Ethel Kennedy.
    On August 7, 2009, she moved out of the South Carolina Governor's Mansion with the couple's four sons and returned to the family home on Sullivan's Island.
    More Details Hide Details On December 11, she announced that she was filing for divorce.
    Sanford learned of her husband's infidelity in January 2009, before the scandal broke.
    More Details Hide Details Following her husband's public disclosure of the affair, she issued a statement indicating that the couple had agreed to a trial separation two weeks prior to his public confession.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2005
    Age 42
    In 2005, she launched the Healthy South Carolina Challenge, an initiative to reduce the incidence of chronic preventable disease.
    More Details Hide Details She serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the Hollings Cancer Center, the Drayton Hall historical property in Charleston, the Coastal Community Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Advisory Fund.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford also acted as her husband's advisor while he was in Congress. According to the Governor's website, she assisted him daily during his first term as Governor, and co-managed his successful re-election campaign in 2006.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 26
    The couple married in 1989, and eventually had four sons, Marshall, Landon, Bolton, and Blake.
    More Details Hide Details It was not until the couple's second son was born that Mark Sanford announced he would enter politics. She would later tell the The Greenville News, "It was quite a surprise to me. When he told me, I was in the hospital, and we had just delivered our second son. So we had a 15-month-old and a newborn, and he says to me, ‘I’m going to run for Congress.’"
  • 1984
    Age 21
    From 1984 until 1990, she worked at Lazard Freres & Company, an investment bank based in New York City, eventually becoming a vice president in the firm's mergers and acquisitions group.
    More Details Hide Details It was while she was working at Lazard that she met her future husband, Mark Sanford, at a beach party in the Hamptons on Long Island. She later talked about the meeting in an interview with The Post and Courier: "It wasn’t exactly love at first sight. It was more like friendship at first sight."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on September 11, 1962.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)