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South Carolina Governors – Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr., 2003-2011

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford, Jr.

Also see: SC Government

Mark Sanford:  Biographical Overview

Portrait of Marshall Clement
Marshall Clement "Mark" Sanford Jr.
Courtesy of Governor's office

Mark Sanford:  Education

  • Graduated high school from Beaufort Academy in Beaufort
  • Furman University - B.A., Business, 1983
  • University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration - M.B.A., 1988

Mark Sanford:  Occupations

  • Real estate finance and investment

Mark Sanford:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 1st Term, 2003–2007

  • Sanford campaigned on a platform of cost-savings. Early in his governorship, he reviewed South Carolina's governmental structure making several cuts and consolidations including restructuring of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.

Mark Sanford:  Major Events and Accomplishments, 2nd Term, 2007–2011

  • Sanford was the first governor to reject federal stimulus money in 2009. In a compromise, Sanford did eventually accept the funds on the condition the state legislature provide matching funds to reduce the state's debt.

  • Sanford became embroiled in controversy in June 2009 after telling staff members he was going hiking on the Appalachian Trail when in fact he traveled to Argentina to visit the woman he was having an affair with. This scandal lead to a State Ethics Commission investigation to determine if Sandford had misused state funds while traveling to visit his mistress. Sanford reimbursed the state treasury $9,000.

Mark Sanford:  Other Government Positions

  • U.S. Congress, 1995-2001
  • U.S. Congress, 2013-present, 2013

Mark Sanford:  Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • As a member of the United States House of Representatives, many watch-dog groups heralded Sanford for his efforts to lower spending, taxes and government growth.

Mark Sanford:  Web Resources

Mark Sanford:  Election Results

Democratic Primary – 2002
Jim Hodges was unopposed in the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Republican Primary – June 11, 2002
Mark Sanford 122,143 votes 38.62%
Bob Peeler 119,026 votes 37.64%
Charlie Condon 49,469 votes 15.64%
Ken Wingate 12,366 votes 3.91%
Jim Miles 8,566 votes 2.71%
Reb Sutherland 2,770 votes 0.88%
Bill Branton 1,915 votes 0.61%

Republican Run-off – June 25, 2002
Mark Sanford 183,820 votes 60.10%
Bob Peeler 121,881 votes 39.90%

General Election – November 5, 2002
Mark Sanford 578,841 votes 52.82%
Jim Hodges 516,100 votes 47.09%

Democratic Primary – June 13, 2006
Tommy Moore 88,092 votes 63.7%
Frank E. Willis 42,317 votes 30.6%
C. Dennis Aughtry 7,934 votes 5.7%

Republican Primary – June 13, 2006
Mark Sanford 160,238 votes 64.8%
Oscar Lovelace 87,043 votes 35.2%

General Election – November 7, 2006
Mark Sanford 601,868 votes 55.1%
Tommy Moore 489,076 votes 44.8%


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