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Mark Sanford
Mark Sanford, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 1
In office
May 15, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorTim Scott (R)
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 7, 2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of South Carolina
U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina, District 1
Bachelor'sFurman University
Master'sUniversity of Virginia
BirthdayMay 28, 1960
Place of birthFort Lauderdale, Florida
ProfessionReal Estate Executive
Office website
Campaign website
Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr. (born May 28, 1960, in Fort Lauderdale, FL) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina. Sanford was elected by voters from South Carolina's 1st Congressional District.[1]

Sanford is running for re-election in 2014. He did not face a primary challenger.

Sanford won the 1st Congressional District seat that was up for special election in early 2013. The seat was vacant due to Tim Scott's (R) appointment to the United States Senate, which filled the empty seat left by Jim DeMint's resignation.[2][3][4] Sanford defeated challengers Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (D) and Eugene Platt (G) in the general election on May 7, 2013.[5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sanford is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


Before his senior year of high school, Sanford moved with his family to the 3,000 acre Coosaw Plantation near Beaufort, South Carolina from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where he grew up. Sanford attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He received a bachelor's degree from Furman University and an MBA from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Sanford has worked as a real estate executive.[6]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Sanford's political career:[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Sanford serves on the following committees:[8]

  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water, Resources and Environment
    • Subcommittee on Coastguard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security Committee
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications
    • Subcommittee on Transportation Security

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Sanford's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security


Yea3.png Sanford voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Sanford voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Sanford voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]


2014 Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Sanford voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Sanford joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Sanford voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Sanford voted against HR 2775.[22]

Sanford planned to donate his pay earned during the shutdown to charity.[23]

Sanford's district in particular was harmed by the shutdown and residents expressed their anger to Sanford. Sanford explained his opposition to the clean resolution saying, "I think there’s validity to the point that says, without hurting people, there’s got to be a way to put the brakes on [federal spending] and that’s the $94 question. And it causes divided government, which we have now, a lot of squawking back and forth. Take this room and multiply it by 100 — that’s the kind of forces you have to bear in Washington, D.C., as people very legitimately disagree with each other on how you skin the cat." He told Politico that "On one level, it’s a big deal that 200 people show up at a town hall at 7 o’clock on a Saturday night. But on another level, from a contractor standpoint, of which there are a lot in the Charleston area, it hasn’t gotten to the crisis stage. Because when it does, you will see 600 people in that room."[24]

2013 Farm Bill

Nay3.png In July 2013 the Republican controlled House narrowly passed a scaled-back version of the farm bill after stripping out the popular food-stamp program.[25][26] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[27] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[28] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[28][29] Sanford was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.[28]

The farm bill historically has included both billions in farm subsidies and billions in food stamps. Including both of the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities.[27] After the bill failed in the House in June 2013 amid opposition from rank-and-file Republicans, House leaders removed the food stamp portion in a bid to attract conservative support.[27]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Sanford voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[30] The vote largely followed party lines.[31]


Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Sanford has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[32]

Social issues


Yea3.png Sanford supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[33]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[34] Sanford joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[35][36]


On The Issues Vote Match

Sanford's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Sanford is a Moderate Conservative. Sanford received a score of 26 percent on social issues and 65 percent on economic issues.[37]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[38]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Neutral
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[37]



See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Sanford is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 1st District. Sanford ran unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.



See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013

Sanford won election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of South Carolina. The election was held to replace Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill Jim DeMint's vacant seat in the U.S. Senate.[40] Sanford ran in the Republican primary against Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Ric Bryant, Larry Grooms, Jonathan Hoffman, Jeff King, John Kuhn, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Elizabeth Moffly, Ray Nash, Andy Patrick, Shawn Pinkston and Teddy Turner on March 19, 2013.[4] He then defeated Curtis Bostic in the runoff primary on April 2, 2013.[41][42] He defeated Elizabeth Colbert-Busch (D) and Eugene Platt (G) in the general election on May 7, 2013.[43]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 54% 77,600
     Democratic Elizabeth Colbert-Busch 45.2% 64,961
     Green Eugene Platt 0.5% 690
     N/A Write-in 0.3% 384
Total Votes 143,635
Source: South Carolina Election Board, "Official Special Election Results"
U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Runoff Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 56.6% 26,127
Curtis Bostic 43.4% 20,044
Total Votes 46,171
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[44]
U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 Special Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sanford 36.9% 19,854
Green check mark transparent.pngCurtis Bostic 13.3% 7,168
Ric Bryant 0.2% 87
Larry Grooms 12.4% 6,673
Jonathan Hoffman 0.7% 360
Jeff King 0.4% 211
John Kuhn 6.5% 3,479
Tim Larkin 0.7% 393
Harry "Chip" Limehouse 6.1% 3,279
Peter McCoy 1.6% 867
Elizabeth Moffly 1% 530
Ray Nash 4.7% 2,508
Andy Patrick 7% 3,783
Shawn Pinkston 0.3% 154
Keith Blandford 0.4% 195
Teddy Turner 7.9% 4,252
Total Votes 53,793
Source: Official results via South Carolina State Election Commission[45]

Race background

Sanford was seen as the front runner due to name recognition and the fact that he had $120,000 in an old campaign account. This coupled with his ability to fundraise quickly gave him a leg up on the field. Sanford also held the seat for three terms, prior to being elected governor.[46] In addition, the last Democratic candidate elected to this seat was Mendel Jackson Davis in 1978.[47]

Campaign manager

Reports circulated in early March that Sanford asked his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, to run his congressional campaign, even though they had barely spoken since their divorce.[48] Jenny Sanford ran all of his campaigns while they were married, starting with his first bid for Congress in 1994.[48] At the time, Sanford did not comment on the accuracy of these reports, but he acknowledged the efforts of his ex-wife, stating, “She was a vital part of every one of my campaigns and did an extraordinary job and therefore is missed.”[48]

NRCC pulls funding for Sanford

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) made an announcement on April 17, 2013, that it would not contribute money to help Sanford win the May 7, 2013, special election.[49][50] The NRCC’s decision came as national Democrats began pouring money into the race.[50] On April 16th, House Majority PAC, a Democratic outside group, ran an ad that accused Sanford of spending taxpayer money to fund his trips to Argentina.[50] An official with the group said it was spending in the mid six-figures to run the ad.[51] According to reports, the former governor later reimbursed the state for the trips.[50] After the NRCC's announcement, other outside groups stopped supporting Sanford.[52] The Club for Growth and Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to John Boehner (R), also announced they would stop supporting Sanford's campaign.[52] In light of the announcement regarding Sanford, many believed that Colbert-Busch stood a chance of upsetting Sanford.[49]

Sanford debates Pelosi cutout

On April 24, Republican nominee Sanford stood alongside a life-sized photo of Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the site of what would have been the first debate between himself and his opponent, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch.[53] Colbert-Busch did not agree to participate in the debate at the Medical University of South Carolina, citing a tight schedule.[53] The two were scheduled to appear in one debate on April 29th in Charleston.[53]

Sanford stated, "My opponent continues to run a stealth campaign, avoiding public appearances and refusing to commit to televised forums for the benefit of 1st District voters. Since Elizabeth Colbert-Busch refuses to articulate her views publicly, we are left to draw inferences for what she stands for on the basis of the groups that have made substantial monetary investments on her behalf."[53]

Colbert-Busch's campaign responded the same day stating: "While Mark Sanford continues his desperate campaign to deceive voters, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is spending her time with real people who support her campaign - today alone, she's meeting with a group of Republicans for Elizabeth Colbert Busch and a rally at Burke High School. She doesn't have to resort to phony cardboard cutouts to talk with the people of South Carolina."[53]

Sanford publishes list of phone calls

Following complaints from Sanford about negative ads being run by Democrats, Sanford made the following offer: "The Democrats' ads will tell you none of this, so if you have further questions, go to, call me at the campaign office at 843-764-9188, or even on my cell at 843-367-1010."[54] In response to the offer, one of the groups whose ads Sanford complained about, the House Majority PAC, decided to take him up on it and in a post-script to a fundraising email reprinted Sanford's cell phone number. They also suggested that their supporters "[g]ive him a call and ask why he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on luxury travel."[54]

In response to a number of phone calls received, Sanford published a list of the phone numbers of the people who called him on his campaign website.[55][56] Most of the numbers were from individuals outside of the state.[54]


  • On April 25, 2013, Ron Paul endorsed Sanford for the 1st District seat. In a fundraising appeal, Paul stated, “Mark Sanford has always been a strong ally of the Liberty Movement. Help him get to Congress. Donate today!”[57]
  • A week prior to the general election, on April 30, 2013, Rand Paul announced his endorsement of Sanford.[58] In a statement released by Sanford's campaign, Paul stated, "More than anything, Washington needs strong and consistent voices for fiscal responsibility and liberty. Mark has proven during his time in office that watching out for taxpayers and holding the line on spending are his top priorities...What we absolutely cannot afford is someone like his opponent, who will be yet another vote for a return to the Pelosi speakership, for disastrous programs like Obamacare, and for more spending and debt."[58]
  • South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) attended a fundraiser for Sanford, her predecessor and former mentor, on May 1, 2013.[59] The appearance came after her endorsement for Sanford in early April 2013, following his win in the Republican runoff primary.[60]
  • Also on May 1st, former Rep. Tim Scott endorsed Sanford for his former seat. Scott represented the 1st District up until January 2013.[62] In the endorsement Scott stated, "On all the most important issues facing our state and country, from dealing with our dangerous levels of debt, to repealing or resisting the government health-care takeover, to standing up for Charleston jobs against the NLRB, 1st District voters have a stark choice. Mark Sanford is hands down better on all of those issues, and that’s why I believe he merits support.”[63]


House Majority PAC's first commercial, "Air Sanford."

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 1st general election television ad, "Independent."
  • House Majority PAC, took to the airwaves with a television ad attacking Sanford (R) in the special election.[64] The group was expected to spend between $400,000 and $600,000 during the election.[65]
  • Democrat Colbert-Busch aired her first general election television advertisement on April 9, 2013.[66] Colbert-Busch described herself as a “single mom with three young children.”[66] The ad buy cost an estimated for $76,000, and the spot ran from April 9 to April 15 in the Charleston and Savannah broadcast markets, as well as on cable in Charleston.[66]

House Majority PAC's final ad, "Trust"

Sanford's April 23, 2013, ad, "Voices"
  • House Majority PAC released, "Trust," its third and final ad of the special election.[67] It featured a lifelong Republican woman – who in the past supported Mark Sanford – describing how Sanford betrayed her trust.[67] “Trust” aired as part of House Majority PAC’s previously announced six-figure buy in the race.[67] Andy Stone, Communications Director of House Majority PAC, released the following statement: “Mark Sanford’s record of betrayal to South Carolinians is more than a mile long. The bottom line is that after abandoning the Palmetto State, using taxpayer funds to travel in luxury and for personal purposes and even trespassing in his ex-wife’s home, South Carolina deserves better than Mark Sanford.”[67]
  • On April 23, 2013, Sanford released an ad claiming Colbert-Busch was "fighting for big labor" after accepting union donations.[68] Colbert-Busch, who accepted $5,000 in donations from the Machinists Union and was endorsed by the state chapter of the labor union AFL-CIO, said she would make job creation a top priority, if elected.[68] The Machinist Union defended Colbert Busch and released a statement stating that the ads and comments to the press by Sanford "provided incorrect information about labor unions, specifically regarding the Boeing facility in North Charleston" and requested that Sanford pull the ads.[68] According to media reports by multiple news outlets, the Machinists Union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in 2011, claiming that Boeing's plans to build a plant in right-to-work South Carolina were in retaliation for labor activities at its Washington state plant.[68] The complaint was based on public comments made by a Boeing executive.[68] Ultimately, the high-profile complaint was dropped.

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch's 2nd television ad, "Elizabeth Colbert Busch Knows Jobs."

Republican Mark Sanford's 3rd television ad, "Difference."
  • On March 15, Colbert-Busch released her second television ad.[69] The ad focused on her connection to the state and experience creating jobs.[69]
  • In early March 2013, Sanford released his third television ad in his campaign for the House seat.[70] In all, Sanford's campaign spent approximately $170,000 on three TV ads prior to the primary election, according to spokesman Joel Sawyer.[70] Sanford called himself "financially the most conservative governor in America and the "first governor to turn down stimulus money," an effort that failed when South Carolina's Supreme Court ruled the state had to accept the $700 million.[70]


South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election
Poll Elizabeth Colbert-Busch Mark SanfordEugene PlattMargin of ErrorSample Size
May 6, 2013
Public Policy Polling
April 19-21, 2013
Public Policy Polling
March 22-24, 2013
AVERAGES 47.67% 44% 3.33% +/-3.8 873.67
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Full history

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sanford's reports.[74]

Mark Sanford (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[75]July 15, 2013$166,294.49$8,176.48$(18,500.90)$155,970.07
October Quarterly[76]October 15, 2013$155,970.07$65,233.16$(25,734.86)$195,468.37
Year-End[77]January 31, 2014$195,468$160,691$(30,503)$325,656
April Quarterly[78]April 15, 2014$325,656.04$77,490.31$(21,741.67)$381,404.68
Running totals

Special election 2013

Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford raised $334,397 during January and February in his bid for the South Carolina House seat.[79] David Koch, who launched the conservative group Americans for Prosperity, gave $2,500 to Sanford’s House campaign. Foster Friess, a major backer of Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, donated as well.[79] In addition to some leftover primary cash from his 1998 House run, Sanford had approximately $364,714 on hand going into March 2013.[79]

Sanford outraised his primary rivals, but some challengers raised significant funds. Teddy Turner, son of mogul Ted Turner, raised $376,433, including $245,000 of his own cash. He had $99,178 on hand at the beginning of March 2013.[79] State senator Larry Grooms raised $223,815 and loaned himself $100,000, leaving him with $208,493 on hand.[79] State Rep. Chip Limehouse raised $140,115 and loaned himself $400,000, with reportedly $42,657 on hand.[79] Former state senator John Kuhn raised only $50,103, but he lent his campaign $500,000. Beginning March 2013, he had $131,295 on hand.[79] Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, raised almost as much as Sanford at $309,559 and had $208,630 on hand.[79] She did not receive any money directly from her brother, but she received $2,600 from Evelyn McGee and $2,500 from Evelyn Colbert, who is Stephen Colbert’s wife. Trevor Potter, the Republican Washington lawyer hired to help Stephen Colbert start a super PAC, also contributed $500 to Colbert-Busch's campaign.[79] Colbert-Busch also reportedly received a $5,000 donation from the leadership PAC of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D), who hosted a D.C. fundraiser for her in early March.[70]

Republican runoff primary

Sanford outraised his GOP runoff opponent by more than fifteen-to-one during the pre-runoff period, which ran from February 28 to March 13, ending six days before the primary, in which Bostic finished a surprising second in the sixteen-candidate field.[2]

Sanford raised $78,521 in the two-week pre-runoff period and ended with $271,765 in the bank, while Bostic reported a mere $5,205 haul and loaned his own campaign another $50,000. Overall, Bostic loaned his campaign $150,000, and he finished the period with $56,542 on hand.[2] After the primary, Bostic's campaign reported a total raised of just $3,500.[2]

Governor of South Carolina

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Mark Sanford's donors each year.[80] Click [show] for more information.


Breakdown of the source of Sanford's campaign funds before the 1998 election.

Sanford won re-election to the U.S. House in 1998. During that re-election cycle, Sanford's campaign committee raised a total of $323,663 and spent $34,258.[81]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sanford is a "centrist Republican follower" as of August 2014.[82]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[83]

Sanford most often votes with:

Sanford least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Sanford missed 79 of 4,714 roll call votes from January 1995 to August 2014. This amounts to 1.7 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[84]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Sanford was one of two members of the House who ranked 207th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[85]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Sanford voted with the Republican Party 86.3 percent of the time, which ranked 221st among the 233 House Republican members as of August 2014.[86]


Sanford voted with the Republican Party 93.5 percent of the time, which ranked 184th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[87]


Sanford has four children from a previous marriage and is engaged to Maria Belen Chapur.[88] While serving as governor, Sanford was involved in an extra-marital affair with his current fiance that took him on a secret trip to Argentina, where she lived. Initially, he told the public he was taking a hike in the Appalachians, but eventually he confessed to having an affair and apologized. His wife at the time, Jenny Sanford, divorced him, and he finished out his gubernatorial term.[89]

Trespassing charges

According to court documents, Sanford was supposed to appear in court May 9, 2013, two days after the South Carolina 2013 Congressional Special Election, to answer a complaint that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home.[90] The complaint stated that Jenny Sanford confronted Mark Sanford while he was leaving her Sullivan's Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door using his cell phone for a flashlight.[90] Her attorney filed the complaint the next day, and Jenny Sanford confirmed on April 16, 2013, that the documents were authentic.[90] The couple's 2010 divorce settlement stated that neither may enter the other's home without permission.[90]

Sanford failed to deny the allegations, and instead he released a statement stating, "It's an unfortunate reality that divorced couples sometimes have disagreements that spill over into family court. I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14 year old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone. Given she was out of town I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cell phone when she returned and told her what had happened."[91]

On May 8, 2013, in a statement released by the Charleston County Family Court judge's office, both sides came to an agreement and did not have to go to court regarding the complaint filed by Jenny Sanford.[92]

Mark Sanford's spokesman, Joel Sawyer, said there would be no further statement beyond the information contained in the settlement, which included a $5,000 payout for Jenny Sanford's court fees due within 30 days.[92] Sanford also admitted in the settlement that he was in contempt for the most recent trespassing incident, as well as other instances when he went to his ex-wife's home without permission.[92]

Visitation schedule

According to Politico, Jenny Sanford "filed papers in court seeking to limit the visitation schedule for her ex-husband." Jenny Sanford asked Mark Sanford to "undergo a psychiatric evaluation and complete an anger management class. She further suggests that he’s been under the influence of excessive alcohol and prescription drugs." Mark Sanford called the allegations, "preposterous, crazy and wrong”[93]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Scott
U.S House of Representatives, South Carolina District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jim Hodges
Governor of South Carolina
2002 – 2010
Succeeded by
Nikki Haley
Preceded by
Arthur Ravenel
U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina District 1
Succeeded by
Henry Brown