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Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford

Former Representative for South Carolina’s 1st District

pronounced MAHR-shul // SAN-furd

Sanford was the representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2018.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1995 to 2000.

Photo of Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford [R-SC1, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Sanford.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Sanford is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Sanford sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Sanford sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Economics and Public Finance (30%) International Affairs (15%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Taxation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Sanford recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Sanford voted No

Sanford voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. …

Sanford voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Sanford voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Sanford voted No

Sanford voted Nay

Sanford voted Nay

Sanford voted Nay

Passed 387/1 on Jul 8, 2013.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2018, Sanford missed 158 of 7,333 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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