Summary

Marshall Sanford Jr. was born in 1960. He is the former Governor of South Carolina.

Mr. Sanford entered politics by running a successful campaign for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District in 1994. He ran for reelection in 1996 and 1998 and in both elections he was unopposed by Democratic candidates. In 2002, Sanford won the South Carolina gubernatorial election, where he defeated the Democratic incumbent Jim Hodges. He was reelected as Governor in the 2006 election.

In June 2009, an unexplained disappearance made national headlines and resulted in a scandal that led to Sanford’s censure by the South Carolina General Assembly and to his resignation as chair of the Republican Governors Association. After finishing his second term as Governor, Sanford ran again for the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in Congress from 2013 until 2019, as he was defeated in 2018 in the Republican primary election.

Sanford served in the United States Air Force from 2003 to 2013, when he retired with the rank of Captain. He is currently a teaching fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Below is former Governor Sanford’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Former Representative Sanford opposed the Iran nuclear agreement.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Sanford supported the bipartisan House Resolution 11 that stated the support of the House for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and objected the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which claimed that Israel’s settlements have no legal validity. Sanford introduced the No Bonuses for Terrorists Act – a bill that would prevent U.S. dollars from going to the Palestinian government until they could prove that no funds were being used to pay families of terrorists.

In 2014, Sanford was one of the eight members of the House that voted against a bill that would have funded Israel’s Iron Dome during the Gaza conflict.  

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Opposed the Iran nuclear deal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG6NFflhbHQ&feature=youtu.be

Introduced the No Bonuses for Terrorists Act https://greenvillejournal.com/2017/02/02/mark-sanford-no-u-s-funds-palestinian-authorityplo/

Opposed UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and supported the two-state solution http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll011.xml

Voted against funding the Iron Dome during 2014 Gaza conflict https://www.c-span.org/congress/votes/?104650/House/113-2/480