Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford

American politician, current Governor of South Carolina
Date of Birth: 28.05.1960
Country: USA

Biography of Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford is an American politician and the current Governor of South Carolina. He was born Marshall Sanford in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to cardiologist Marshall Clement Sanford Sr. and his wife Peggy Pitts. During his childhood, Sanford was an active Boy Scout and even achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He went on to attend Furman University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1983. In 1988, he obtained his Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

After completing his education, Sanford initially worked as an assistant in the real estate agency "Coldwell Bunker." In 1992, he founded his own real estate investment agency, "Norton and Sanford Real Estate Investment," which primarily focused on rentals. Sanford continues to own this company to this day.

In 1994, Sanford entered the Republican primary for the position of representative for the first district in the House of Representatives. Despite having no prior political experience, Sanford made it to the second round of the primary and eventually won the general election. He was re-elected twice and served in Congress until 2002.

During his time in Congress, Sanford held conservative positions, opposing same-sex marriage and abortion. He also displayed some independent thinking, frequently voting against bills that enjoyed unanimous support. In the aftermath of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Sanford voted in favor of impeaching President Bill Clinton. He consistently opposed "pork barrel projects," even when the funds were intended for his own state.

In 2002, Sanford was elected as the 115th Governor of South Carolina, defeating Democratic candidate Jim Hodges. He was re-elected in 2006. As governor, Sanford clashed with the legislative branch on multiple occasions, most notably regarding the state's participation in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The dispute led to a legal battle that eventually forced Sanford to accept the federal funds.

In June 2009, Sanford resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors Association after revelations of his affair with Argentine woman Maria Belen Chapur. He faced criticism for the extramarital relationship and misuse of taxpayer money for his trips to Argentina, as he had previously claimed to be hiking in the Appalachian Mountains during his absence from the governor's office.

In the early 1990s, Sanford moved to Sullivan's Island, an island suburb of Charleston, with his wife Jenny and their four children: Marshall, Landon, Bolton, and Blake.