Mark Sanford
American politician
Mark Sanford
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.
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Republican Rep. Mark Sanford Discusses His South Carolina Town Hall
NPR - 5 days
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Mark Sanford, a House Republican from South Carolina, about his town hall meeting on Saturday.
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Freedom Caucus backs ACA 'repeal and replace' that counts on private health care - Washington Post
Google News - 9 days
Washington Post Freedom Caucus backs ACA 'repeal and replace' that counts on private health care Washington Post House conservatives, frustrated by GOP leadership's slow and tentative approach to replacing the Affordable Care Act, have gotten behind legislation by Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would repeal most of the law and move ... Shorter Enrollment Period For Obamacare Proposed By AdministrationNPR Trump Administration Solution To High Deductibles Appears To Include Even Higher DeductiblesHuffington Post Millions Excluded from Obamacare Aid, Pass on CoverageU.S. News & World Report Reuters -Bloomberg -Detroit Free Press all 458 news articles »
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Details of Rand Paul, Mark Sanford's Obamacare replacement
CNN - 10 days
Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Mark Sanford have joined forces on dismantling Obamacare and will introduce a bill Wednesday that would lift restrictions on insurers and give Americans more tax breaks for buying and using health care.
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Rep. Mark Sanford on crafting a replacement for ObamaCare
Fox News - 12 days
Mark Sanford on obamacare
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Mark Sanford: I Support You, Donald Trump. Now Release Your Tax Returns.
NYTimes - 6 months
Transparency about our political candidates is critical to American democracy.
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Pol: Trump defended parts of Constitution that don't exist
CNN - 8 months
Republican Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that Donald Trump has a "callous disregard for details" that was on full display when the GOP presidential candidate told a private meeting of House Republicans he would fiercely defend articles of U.S. Constitution that don't exist.
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When the Tea Party Met the Sea Party
Huffington Post - over 1 year
So what do conservative Reps. Curt Clawson of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, liberal Rep. Sam Farr of California, climate activist Bill McKibben, a former petroleum engineer, an evangelical minister and a surfer all have in common? No, it's not a joke. They all spoke out against offshore oil and gas drilling at a press conference earlier this month for the newly formed Sea Party Coalition. The Sea Party aims to make opposition to proposed offshore drilling a major issue in 2016. President Obama's decision two days later to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline after seven years of polarized debate, and the pushback it received, increases the likelihood that energy and the environment will play a prominent role in the upcoming election. The president made his Keystone decision on a fossil-fuel project he inherited from his predecessor. It will likely be up to the next president to decide if the U.S. continues expanding the offshore oil and gas exploration that the Obama admi ...
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It Turns Out Democrats And Freedom Caucus Members Agree On Something: War Authorization
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON -- An unusual coalition of House Democrats and Republicans on Friday urged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to schedule a war authorization debate in response to the news that President Barack Obama is deploying U.S. troops in Syria. "Among the issues that require urgent attention by the U.S. House of Representatives is the question of the extent of involvement by the U.S. military in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria," reads a letter to Ryan. "It is critical that the House schedule and debate an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) as quickly as possible." The letter is signed by 35 lawmakers, some of whom are stalwart progressives and others who are members of the conservative Freedom Caucus. Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and John Lewis (D-Ga.) are leading the push on the issue. Obama announced last week that he's sending about 50 U.S. special operati ...
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Opinion: Wendy Davis' essential truthiness
Chicago Times - about 3 years
In politics, lying is the new sex. Even the lesser sin, exaggeration, is grounds for questions about your suitability to run for office. Americans may be becoming more like the French in tolerating peccadilloes (just ask Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina or Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana about surviving a sex scandal), but get a detail wrong about whether you divorced at 21 or at 19, and woe unto you.     
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Educators, legislators applaud Haley's shift
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley's proposal to improve public schools by focusing on poor, rural students — and to start a multi-year effort with a $160 million investment — stunned educators and legislators of both parties, who applaud what they consider her about-face on education. The idea of using tax policy to help parents send their child to private schools has dominated the education debate in South Carolina since former Gov. Mark Sanford laid out his first proposal in 2004. [...] Republicans who voted against the idea have been targeted in mudslinging primaries fueled by out-of-state money. "It was tremendously damaging to the morale of educators because Gov. Sanford's approach was to talk about all the negatives of education and never once talk about the good things," said Molly Spearman, director of the state's Association of School Administrators. Haley's proposal includes spending $30 million on additional reading coaches in elementary schools, $29 million to impr ...
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I'm So Really, Truly Sorry: The 24-Hour Apology Cable Channel
Huffington Post - about 3 years
MONDAY 8:00am -- Sincere or Insincere: Biochemically Analyzing Melissa Harris-Perry's Tears 1:00pm -- Learning How to Pre-Apologize for Something Stupid You Will Tweet in the Next Ten Minutes 2:00pm -- What the Top Politicians Will Wear This Spring When They Admit to Banging Interns 3:00pm -- Tips on Saying "I'm Sorry" Without Saying "I'm Sorry" 5:00pm -- Breaking News: A&E Apologizes for Surprising Controversial Remarks From Stars of New Show We Love Adolf Hitler and Everything He Stood For 8:00pm -- Shia LaBeouf Plagiarizes Nixon's "Checkers" Speech 9:00pm -- Mark Souder, Eric Massa, Tom Feeney, and Larry Craig Travel In a Van, Fighting Crime and Apologizing to Random Strangers 10:00pm -- America Apologizes for Dennis Rodman TUESDAY 8:00am -- How Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner Had Shame Surgically Removed From Themselves 12:00pm -- Martin Bashir Auditions for QVC 1:00pm -- Adventures in Creative Preemptive Apologetic Career Saving With Chris Christie 2: ...
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Sugar Daddies for Obamacare?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Controversial tactics are par for the course in politics. Businesses, including online dating sites, do not often make political statements to attract customers. Exceptions to every rule, however, exist. The recent healthcare debacle provides fodder for some online dating sites interested in encouraging individuals to seek romantic partners to cover their healthcare costs., a dating site connecting older men with younger, attractive women, recently posted a YouTube video suggesting their site may offer a solution to young women in need of healthcare. The video criticizes and suggests Obamacare is the cause of young women's healthcare woes. The knight in shining armor, however, is not a legislative solution, but a romantic relationship or arrangement. Couples form relationships for multiple reasons. Many individuals marry for economic reasons, such as tax incentives and healthcare benefits, but economic gain typically is not the primary factor motivating union f ...
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Maria Belen Chapur Speaks Out About Relationship With Mark Sanford
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine "soul mate" who former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford left his wife for, has finally spoken on camera about their relationship that temporarily derailed his political career. Chapur was interviewed by Infobae TV in Buenos Aires on Friday about the U.S. government shutdown saga, and was asked 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," 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 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."
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What's the Line Between Authenticity And TMI?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's a truism of modern business life: the best leaders are honest, transparent and emotionally open. After all, why not harness the power of authenticity? Why try to be someone else when Google searches will ultimately reveal the truth about you anyway? And yet as many executives recognize, there's a fine line between being an authentic leader and sharing too much -- the delicate balance between disclosing just enough to make yourself vulnerable (such as Amy Cuddy revealing in her popular TED talk that she was once hobbled by a serious brain injury that she overcame to become a business school professor) and way more than people want to know ( such as former South Carolina Governor, and recently-elected Congressman, Mark Sanford's in-depth recounting of his extramarital exploits.) A while back, I had coffee with my friend Michael who told me a colleague of his had written a memoir and mailed him a copy. "That was nice," I offered. Michael winced: "I wish he hadn't." Apparently, the ...
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Mark Sanford Won Exemption to Take Fiancée on All-Expenses Trip to Israel
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Rep. Mark Sanford, whose extramarital dalliance abroad while governor of South Carolina led to scandal, took his mistress-turned-fiancée, María Belén Chapur, to Israel in August, on a trip paid for by American Israel Education Foundation, congressional records show.
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Obama faces a tough sell with House GOP freshmen
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Members of the Washington establishment just a few months, the freshmen barely know Obama, as his invitations to exclusive White House dinners, part of the president's postelection charm offensive, have been to senators only. Today he's asking them to vote for war, and their reluctance highlights the president's daunting task in securing congressional approval. Walorski, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued a statement on Friday saying that at this point, she could not support the president's request and his "incomplete case to the American people," though she promised to take a close look at any legislation. Among the Republican freshmen class of 37, including returning members such as Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas, at least seven lawmakers have said they would vote against giving Obama the authority to use military force against Syria, two have announced their support and the rest remain undecided. The president has argued that a lim ...
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Jeanne Zaino: Where Are the 'Bad' Girls?: Why More Female Politcians Engaged in Scandal Might Be a Good Thing
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If a female politician was caught photographing her pubic area and texting it to young men, would she still be a candidate? This question, posed by Gloria Steinem at a recent screening of the film Lovelace, got me thinking. She is right. A female pol couldn't get away with the type of behavior we've seen from Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, Gerry Studds, John Ensign, Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, David Vitter, and the countless male politicians who have been embroiled in sex scandals and lived to tell about it. But I would go further than Steinem and suggest that until this happens, until female politicians are engaged in scandal to the same extent as men and treated equally when their indignities are revealed, we cannot claim to have achieved parity in politics. Now I know what you're thinking: You want women to become entangled sex scandals? No, I don't want anyone -- male or female -- to engage in this behavior. But human nature being what it is, the ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Sanford
  • 2014
    Age 53
    His remarks on Facebook are longer than the total of all his 2014 speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford resigned as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and he was swiftly succeeded by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. In a June 29 email to members of his political action committee, Sanford said he had no intention of resigning as governor.
    Sanford posted lengthy remarks on his Facebook page on September 12, 2014, regarding his ex-wife's "legal machinations surrounding the custody of their children".
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    In September 2014, Sanford and his ex-wife agreed on mediation over an argument arising from their divorce in 2010 after his extramarital affair while serving as the state's governor.
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    On June 5, 2014, Sanford introduced the TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4803; 113th Congress), a bill that would direct the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review the data and methods that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses to classify personnel as law enforcement officers and to reclassify, as necessary, any staff of the Office of Inspection that are currently misclassified according to the results of that review.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford said that "even though there are federal standards in place that lay out how employees qualify for higher wages, the Transportation Security Administration pays some of their employees more for jobs they're not doing. That wouldn't make sense anywhere outside of government and our bill would help fix that problem by clarifying those employees' responsibilities." According to Sanford, accurately reclassifying employees who do not spent at least 50 percent of the time on law enforcement activities and putting them on an accurate pay scale would save the government $17 million a year. In 2000 Sanford's first book, The Trust Committed To Me, was published. It discussed term limits, and featured a foreword by Robert Novak. A second book, titled Within Our Means, was scheduled to be published by Sentinel in 2010: however the contract was terminated by mutual agreement after the revelation of Sanford's extramarital affair.
    Sanford was unopposed for re-election in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 52
    Sanford was sworn-in on May 15, 2013.
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    On May 7, 2013, Sanford was once again elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 54.04% of the vote, defeating Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
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    Sanford was endorsed by FreedomWorks, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, U.S. Representative and House Speaker John Boehner, State Senator Tom Davis, former South Carolina State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, perennial candidate Ben Frasier, former U.S. Representative from Texas Ron Paul and his son, U.S. Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul., and on May 1, 2013, U.S. Senator and former U.S. Representative Tim Scott and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham endorsed Sanford.
    More Details Hide Details Larry Flynt also endorsed him, saying "His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support."
    On April 17, 2013, the National Republican Congressional Committee pulled support from the Sanford campaign in the wake of revelations that Jenny Sanford had filed a trespassing complaint against him on February 4.
    More Details Hide Details According to the complaint, Jenny Sanford had caught her former husband sneaking out of her home in Sullivan's Island, using his cellphone as a flashlight. Under the terms of their divorce agreement, neither Mark nor Jenny Sanford may come to the other's house without permission—a condition Jenny Sanford alleged that Mark Sanford had flouted on numerous occasions despite Jenny Sanford filing a "no trespass" letter with the Sullivan's Island Police Department. In a statement, Mark Sanford admitted that he'd gone to the house to watch the second half of Super Bowl XLVII with his son. He claimed to have tried to contact Jenny beforehand, but was unable to do so. Jenny Sanford filed the complaint the next morning. Several Republican operatives said that they were upset Sanford had known about this complaint for some time and failed to disclose it.
    The special election was held on May 7, 2013 and Sanford defeated Democratic Party Candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
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    On April 2, 2013, Sanford won his Republican House primary runoff against Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston County councilman.
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    Sanford formally launched his bid for Congress in early 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He quickly became a front-runner in a crowded field of 16 Republican candidates, because of his name recognition.
  • 2012
    Age 51
    On December 22, 2012, Sanford sent an email to supporters, confirming rumors that he intended to run for Congress in 2013.
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    In December 2012, CNN reported that Sanford was considering a bid to retake his congressional seat.
    More Details Hide Details The previous holder, fellow Republican Tim Scott, had been appointed to the United States Senate by Governor Nikki Haley after the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint.
    In August 2012, Sanford became engaged to his former mistress, Maria Belen Chapur. The engagement was subsequently broken off in September, 2014.
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  • 2011
    Age 50
    In October 2011, he was hired as a paid political contributor for Fox News Channel.
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    Following completion of his service as governor in January 2011, Sanford moved to his family farm in Beaufort County, South Carolina, and later moved to a condominium in Charleston, South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details He has described this as a very quiet and spiritual time, and developed a Buddhist Christian life approach including a daily quiet time, practicing mindfulness, and emphasising everyone's 'shared human experience.'
  • 2010
    Age 49
    On January 4, 2010, Sanford admitted, "If there's anything that's abundantly clear, it's that I ain't running for president."
    More Details Hide Details In the same Republican meeting, he also indicated that he would enter the private sector after his last 11 months as governor.
  • 2009
    Age 48
    On December 11, 2009, she announced that she was filing for divorce, calling it a "sad and painful process." The divorce was finalized in March 2010.
    More Details Hide Details A stipulation within his divorce papers demanded that while on the Sanford family's Coosaw plantation, "no airplanes will be flown at children". The papers also noted that Sanford liked to "unwind" by digging holes on the property with his hydraulic excavator.
    Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza said that revelations of an extramarital affair in June 2009 ended Sanford's chances of being a serious candidate in 2012.
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    After his affair was revealed in June 2009, Sanford first claimed, "There's been a lot of speculation and innuendo on whether or not public moneys were used to advance my admitted unfaithfulness.
    More Details Hide Details To be very clear: no public money was ever used in connection with this." After a reporter used the Freedom of Information Act to seek records of what public funds were used to pay for Sanford's trip to Argentina, Sanford eventually chose to reimburse taxpayers for expenses he had incurred one year earlier with his mistress in Argentina. He said, "I made a mistake while I was there in meeting with the woman who I was unfaithful to my wife with. That has raised some very legitimate concerns and questions, and as such I am going to reimburse the state for the full cost of the Argentina leg of this trip." On August 9, 2009, the AP reported that Sanford may have violated state law by other abusive use of state planes, including to fly to get a haircut. On August 25, state representatives Nathan Ballentine and Gary Simrill met with Sanford and warned him that the state legislature would impeach him if he did not resign. Ballentine, an ally of Sanford's, said afterward, "I told him the writing is on the wall. he could put an end to it all, but if he doesn't, members of the House will take things into their hands." Sanford still declined to resign. On August 28, The Washington Times reported that Republican lawmakers in South Carolina were "laying plans" for a special legislative session on whether to impeach Sanford.
    On June 24, 2009, Sanford publicly revealed that he had engaged in an affair with María Belén Chapur, an Argentine woman.
    More Details Hide Details While it led to censure by the South Carolina General Assembly and his resignation as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, it did not result in Sanford's actual resignation from the governorship. Sanford is also a real estate developer and a former medical administration officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Marshall Clement Sanford, Jr. was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His parents were Marshall Clement Sanford, Sr., a cardiologist, and his wife, the former Peggy Pitts. Despite his family being fairly well-to-do, his entire family slept in the same room to conserve electricity. Before his senior year of high school, Sanford moved with his family from Fort Lauderdale to the Coosaw Plantation near Beaufort, South Carolina. Sanford attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
    On February 22, 2009, Sanford declined to rule out a possible presidential bid in 2012, though he professed to have no current plans to run for national office.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following a subsequent battle in the South Carolina Supreme Court, he was forced to accept the funds. In the House, he has been identified as a libertarian Republican, and was previously an ally of Ron Paul during their time in the House together.
  • 2008
    Age 47
    Further boosting Sanford's profile in advance of a potential candidacy, which at the time the governor neither ruled out nor expressly hinted at, he was elected as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in November 2008 and was cited by Michael S. Steele, the Chairman of the Republican Party as one of four "rising stars" in the GOP (alongside Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Sarah Palin of Alaska) in February 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford also received early support for a presidential run from the Republican Liberty Caucus.
    As early as January 2008, there had been anticipation that Sanford would run for President in 2012, and online support groups had sprung up on virtual social networks like Facebook in support of a Sanford ticket.
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    Sanford attracted derision in the liberal blogosphere and among pundits and analysts on the left for a gaffe during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on July 13, 2008, when he had difficulty answering a question about differences between Senator McCain and incumbent President George W. Bush on economic policy. "I'm drawing a blank, and I hate when I do that, especially on television", joked Sanford.
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    On a January 18, 2008 interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Sanford discussed his Obama article.
    More Details Hide Details Wolf Blitzer asked, "Give us your mind-set. Why did you think it was so important to write this piece right now at this critical moment?" Sanford responded, "Well, it plays into a larger conversation that we're having as a family of South Carolinians on, in fact, the constitutional structure of our government." Also, Wolf Blitzer showed Sanford clips of recent comments made by John McCain and Mike Huckabee about the Confederate battle flag and asked Sanford, "All right, two different positions, obviously. Who's right in this?" Sanford responded, "Well, it depends who you talk to." Sanford elaborated that "if you were to talk to the vast majority of South Carolinians, they would say that we do not need to be debating where the Confederate flag is or is not."
    On January 11, 2008, shortly before the South Carolina presidential primaries (R Jan 19, D Jan 26), Sanford published a guest column in the Columbia newspaper The State.
    More Details Hide Details In the article, "Obama's Symbolism Here", Sanford wrote, "I won't be voting for Barack Obama for president", but noted the "historical burden" borne by South Carolinians on the topic of race. He advised voters in South Carolina to take note of the symbolism of Obama's early success, with the knowledge that South Carolina was a segregated state less than fifty years earlier, and discouraged voting either for or against Obama on the basis of his race.
    Sanford publicly aligned himself with McCain in a March 15, 2008, piece in the Wall Street Journal.
    More Details Hide Details Likening the presidential race to a football game at halftime, Sanford noted that he "sat out the first half, not endorsing a candidate But I'm now stepping onto the field and going to work to help John McCain. It's important that conservatives do the same."
    After Super Tuesday in 2008, Sanford received some mention as a potential running mate for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, John McCain.
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  • 2006
    Age 45
    In 2006, before the midterm elections, some commentators discussed the possibility of Sanford running for president.
    More Details Hide Details He said that he would not run, and claimed that his re-election bid would be his last election, win or lose.
    His campaign for re-election in 2006 began by Sanford winning the June 13 Republican Primary over Oscar Lovelace, a family physician from Prosperity, with 65% of the vote to Lovelace's 35%.
    More Details Hide Details His Democratic competitor in the November elections was state senator Tommy Moore, whom Sanford beat by 55%–45%. Though ultimately, he left with a 55% approval rating. On election day, Sanford was not allowed to vote in his home precinct because he did not have his voter registration card. He was obliged to go to a voter registration office to get a new registration card. "I hope everybody else out there is as determined to vote as I was today", he said. Sanford's driver's license had a Columbia address, but Sanford was trying to vote at his home precinct in Sullivan's Island. According to WAGT in Augusta, Georgia (whose service area includes part of South Carolina) Sanford declared that it would be his last campaign. In dissent with the Republican Party of South Carolina, Sanford, an Episcopalian, opposed the faith-based license plates his state offers, marketed largely to the state's conservative evangelical citizens. After allowing the law to pass without his signature, he wrote "It is my personal view that the largest proclamation of one's faith ought to be in how one lives his life."
    According to Survey USA, Sanford's approval ratings ranged from 47% to 55% during 2006.
    More Details Hide Details According to Survey USA, Sanford's approval ratings in South Carolina after his admission of infidelity (6-24-09) showed that "60% think the Governor should resign. 34% feel he should remain in office."
  • 2005
    Age 44
    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."
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  • 2003
    Age 42
    In 2003, Sanford sought to reform the state's public college system.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford has criticized these schools as focusing too much on separately creating research institutions and not on educating the young adults of South Carolina. Sanford also suggested that they combine some programs as a means of curbing tuition increases. The schools did not respond positively to this suggestion, however, causing Sanford to remark that "if any institution ultimately feels uncomfortable with our push toward coordination, they can exit the system and go private." Sanford also indicated a desire to increase the powers of the executive branch. Under the South Carolina Constitution, the governor is somewhat weaker than many of his counterparts. For instance, many of his appointment powers are shared with the South Carolina General Assembly.
    While in training in 2003, Sanford did not transfer power to Bauer, saying he would be in regular contact with his office, and would transfer authority in writing only if he were called to active duty.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford sometimes had a contentious relationship with the South Carolina General Assembly, even though it was dominated by his party for his entire tenure. The Republican-led state House of Representatives overrode 105 of Sanford's 106 budget vetoes on May 26, 2004. The following day, Sanford brought live pigs, who subsequently defecated on the House floor, into the House chamber as a visual protest against "pork projects." Sanford rejected the Assembly's entire budget on June 13, 2006. Had this veto stood, the state government would have shut down on July 1. He explained his veto as being the only way to get the cuts he desired, and that using the line item veto would have been inadequate as well as impossible. However, in a special session the following day, both houses dismissed Sanford's call for reform by overriding his veto–effectively restoring their original budget
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 41
    He entered the gubernatorial election of 2002; he first defeated Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler in the Republican primary and then defeated the Democratic incumbent, Jim Hodges, in the general election, by a margin of 53% to 47% to become the 115th Governor of South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details In accordance with South Carolina law, Sanford was elected separately from the state's Republican lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer. Sanford and Bauer's wins gave the Republicans full control of state government for the first time since Reconstruction.
    In 2002, just before announcing he would run for governor, Sanford joined the Air Force Reserve.
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  • 2001
    Age 40
    Sanford met Chapur at a dance in Uruguay in 2001 and admitted there was a more intimate relationship with her starting in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Sanford's wife had become aware of her husband's infidelities around five months before the scandal broke, and the two had sought marriage counseling. She said that she had requested a trial separation about two weeks before his disappearance.
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During his first tenure in Congress, Sanford sponsored 39 bills, including:
  • 1997
    Age 36
    He voted against pork barrel projects even when they benefited his own district; in 1997 he voted against a defense appropriations bill that included funds for Charleston's harbor.
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  • 1996
    Age 35
    In 1996, he beat Joseph Innella of the Natural Law Party by 96.36% to 3.55%.
    More Details Hide Details He beat Innella again in 1998, this time by 91% to 8.9%. While in Congress, Sanford was recognized as its most fiscally conservative member by the Cato Institute. He was also recognized by Citizens Against Government Waste, as well as the National Tax Payers Union, for his efforts to rein in government spending and reduce the national deficit. He garnered a lifetime rating of 92 from the American Conservative Union,. Sanford was known for an independent streak. He was known for voting against bills that otherwise got unanimous support. For example, he voted against a bill that preserved sites linked to the Underground Railroad.
    1996–1998 Sanford was unopposed by Democratic candidates in 1996 and 1998.
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  • 1995
    Age 34
    Sanford told reporters that months before his affair became public he had sought counsel at a controversial religious organization called The Family, of which he became a member when he was a Representative in Washington, D.C. from 1995 to 2001.
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    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 33
    1994 In 1994, Sanford entered the Republican primary for the Charleston-based 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
    More Details Hide Details The seat had come open after four-term Republican incumbent Arthur Ravenel declined to seek re-election in his ultimately unsuccessful run for Governor. Despite having never run for office before, Sanford finished second in a crowded primary behind Van Hipp, Jr, a former George H. W. Bush administration official and former Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. Sanford defeated Van Hipp in the runoff and easily defeated State Representative Robert A. Barber, Jr. in the November general election, winning by 66.3% to 32.4%.
    First elected to Congress in 1994, Sanford pledged to serve no more than three terms and did not seek re-election in 2000.
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  • 1992
    Age 31
    He founded Norton and Sanford Real Estate Investment, a leasing and brokerage company, in 1992, and still owns the company.
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  • 1983
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly afterward, he moved to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, an affluent suburban community off Charleston.
  • 1960
    Born on May 28, 1960.
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