AKA Marshall Clement Sanford, Jr.
Birthplace: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of South Carolina, 2003-11
Military service: USAF Reserve (2002-)
Real estate agent and Goldman Sachs broker elected to US Congress for three terms beginning in 1995, succeeding Arthur Ravenel, Jr. and succeeded in 2001 by Henry Brown. Elected Governor of South Carolina for two terms beginning in 2003, succeeding Jim Hodges and succeeded in 2011 by Nikki Haley. Conservative Republican; generally anti-abortion rights, anti-gay rights, pro-death penalty, pro-gun rights.
As Congressman, advocated replacing Social Security with individual retirement accounts, and refused federal allowance for housing in DC, instead sleeping in his office. As Governor, publicly announced that South Carolina would refuse any funding from 2009 economic stimulus, then quietly accepted stimulus funding to reduce the state's debt burden. Was considered a front-runner for the Republican 2012 Presidential nomination until he went missing in June 2009; after several days his spokesman announced that Sanford was "hiking the Appalachian Trail", and it soon came out that he had used taxpayer funds to fly to Argentina for visits to his mistress. Returned to Congress in 2013, winning a special election to succeed Tim Scott.
Wrote a think piece about Ayn Rand for Newsweek in 2009, praising The Fountainhead as "a stunning evocation of the individual and what he can achieve when unhindered by government or society." His wife's grandfather was co-founder of Skilsaw Inc.
Father: Marshall Clement Sanford (physician)
Mother: Peggy Sanford
Wife: Jenny Sullivan (Skilsaw heiress, m. 4-Nov-1989, filed for div. Dec-2009, four sons)
Son: Marshall III
Mistress: Maria Belen Chapur (Argentine, b. circa 1966, affair since 2009, fiancée 2012)
High School: Beaufort Academy, Beaufort, SC (1979)
University: BA Business, Furman University (1983)
University: MBA, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration (1988)
US Congressman, South Carolina 1st (2013-)
Governor of South Carolina (2003-11)
US Congressman, South Carolina st (1995-2001)
Norton & Sanford Real Estate Investment CoFounder (1992-)
Goldman Sachs Broker (1988-92)
Coldwell Banker Sales (1983-88)
C Street Group
Bilderberg Group 2008
Boy Scouts of America
National Republican Congressional Committee
Censured by the South Carolina General Assembly (16-Dec-2009)
Censured by the South Carolina House of Representatives (13-Jan-2010)
Represented Self in Court
Fox News Channel Pundit (2011-)
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