Before his senior year of high school, Sanford moved with his family from Fort Lauderdale to the 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) Coosaw Plantation near Beaufort, South Carolina.Sanford attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
While in Congress, Sanford was recognized as its most fiscally conservative member by the Cato Institute.
He was also recognized by Citizens Against Government Waste, as well as the National Tax Payers Union, for his efforts to rein in government spending and reduce the national deficit.
In 1996, he beat Joseph Innella of the Natural Law Party by 96.36% to 3.55%.
He beat Innella again in 1998, this time by 91% to 8.9%.
Sanford received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Furman University in 1983 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in 1988.
Shortly afterward, he moved to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, an affluent suburban community off Charleston. (born May 28, 1960), known as Mark Sanford, is a Republican politician who has been the U. Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district since 2013; previously he held the same post from 1995 to 2001.Sanford was the Governor of South Carolina from 2003 until his resignation in 2011.Sanford defeated Van Hipp in the runoff and easily defeated State Representative Robert A. in the November general election, winning by 66.3% to 32.4%.Sanford was unopposed by Democratic candidates in 19.Sanford professed to be a firm supporter of limited government.