|Governor of South Carolina|
From: January 15, 2003 – Present
|Predecessor||James Hovis Hodges|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|U.S. Representative from South Carolina's 1 District|
From: January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
|Predecessor||Arthur Ravenel, Jr.|
|Successor||Henry E. Brown, Jr.|
Mark Sanford is the Republican Governor of South Carolina. He was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. Prior to his election as Governor of South Carolina, Sanford served six years in the U.S. Congress. He is married and has four sons. Sanford was mentioned as a possible running mate for John McCain in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. 
Sanford made national headlines when he rejected a portion of the 2009 recovery act. This has drawn the ire of Democrats and they have mounted a TV campaign against his move. Governor Sanford said "When one is in a hole, the first order of business is to stop digging." He refuses to expand unemployment coverage because the terms dictate he can't repeal the expanded coverage after the stimulus money runs out. The governors of Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana have adopted the same stance. The S.C. governor wants to use some stimulus funds to pay down debt instead. The secretary of state had sued the governor to accept stimulus funds. Sanford reluctantly agreed to use stimulus funds.
Sanford admitted June 24, 2009, to having an extra-marital affair and covering up a secret trip to visit his mistress in Argentina. He made the admission at a press conference meant to clear up a mysterious week-long absence where his staff initially explained by saying the Governor was hiking the Appalachian Trail.
"I've let down a lot of people. That's the bottom line," Sanford said. "I've been unfaithful to my wife." He said he is resigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The RGA announced shortly afterward that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour would assume Sanford's duties.
Fallout From Scandal
Sanford has resolved to complete his term in office despite pressure from both sides of the isle to step down.
- S.C. gov wants to use some stimulus funds to pay down debt CNN, March 10, 2009