Mark Sanford

Born May 28, 1960

Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr. is an American politician from South Carolina, who was the 115th Governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he served from 1995 to 2001 as Congressman in the United States House of Representatives for South Carolina's 1st congressional district, where he held conservative positions.… Read More

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1960 Birth Born on May 28, 1960.


1983 23 Years Old Sanford received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Furman University in 1983 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in 1988. … Read More


1992 32 Years Old He founded Norton and Sanford Real Estate Investment, a leasing and brokerage company, in 1992, and still owns the company.
1994 34 Years Old 1 More Event
First elected to Congress in 1994, Sanford pledged to serve no more than three terms and did not seek re-election in 2000.
1995 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He previously represented the same district from 1995 to 2001, before being elected Governor of South Carolina, a position he held from 2003 to 2011.
1996 36 Years Old 1 More Event
1996–1998 Sanford was unopposed by Democratic candidates in 1996 and 1998.


2000 40 Years Old Seeing himself as a "citizen-legislator", he did not run for reelection in 2000, in keeping with a promise to serve only three terms in the House. … Read More
2001 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He left office in 2001 and was elected as the 115th Governor of South Carolina in 2002, defeating Democratic incumbent Jim Hodges, and was re-elected in 2006.
2002 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, just before announcing he would run for governor, Sanford joined the Air Force Reserve.
In 2003, after becoming governor, Sanford attended two weeks of training with the Air Force Reserve in Alabama with his unit, the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
2005 45 Years Old Sanford's first term included other controversies. A Time magazine article in November 2005, critical of Sanford, said that some "fear his thrift has brought the state's economy to a standstill."
According to Survey USA, Sanford's approval ratings ranged from 47% to 55% during 2006. … Read More
After Super Tuesday in 2008, Sanford received some mention as a potential running mate for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, John McCain.
As Governor, Sanford had a contentious relationship with the South Carolina legislature: notably, he made public statements that he would reject stimulus funds for his state from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. … Read More


2010 - 2011 3 More Events
In August 2012, Sanford became engaged to his former mistress, Maria Belen Chapur. The engagement was subsequently broken off in September, 2014.
Sanford formally launched his bid for Congress in early 2013. … Read More
Sanford was unopposed for re-election in 2014.
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