Mark Sanford

American politician (born 1960)

Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford Jr. (born May 28, 1960) is an American politician. He is a member of the Republican. He was a U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district from 1995 to 2001. Sanford was then elected Governor of South Carolina from 2003 until 2011. He ran again for the U.S. House and was a congressman from 2013 to 2019. He lost in the 2018 Republican primary for his re-election bid.

Mark Sanford
115th Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 15, 2003 – January 12, 2011
LieutenantAndré Bauer
Preceded byJim Hodges
Succeeded byNikki Haley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st district
In office
May 15, 2013 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byTim Scott
Succeeded byJoe Cunningham
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byArthur Ravenel
Succeeded byHenry Brown
Personal details
Marshall Clement Sanford Jr.

(1960-05-28) May 28, 1960 (age 64)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
(m. 1989; div. 2026)
EducationFurman University (BA)
University of Virginia (MBA)
Net worth$4.51 million (2014)[1]
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service2003–2013
Rank Captain
Unit315th Airlift Wing
315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
Charleston Air Force Base
Air Force Reserve Command

Sanford is a teaching fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.[2]

In July 2019, Sanford said that he was thinking of a 2020 presidential bid against President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.[3] He formally announced his candidacy on September 8, 2019.[4] He dropped out from the race two months later on November 12.[5]


  1. "Mark Sanford". Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  2., Andy Shain. "Mark Sanford seeks next step while teaching in Chicago: 'You have one last bet to place'". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  3. King, Maya (July 16, 2019). "South Carolina's Mark Sanford weighing challenge to Trump". Politico. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  4. Steakin, Will; Lynn, Samara (September 8, 2019). "Mark Sanford announces he will challenge President Trump in 2020 GOP primary". ABC News. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. Caitlin Byrd (November 12, 2019). "Former SC Gov. Mark Sanford has dropped out of presidential race". The Post and Courier. Retrieved November 12, 2019.