Candidate Profile
Mark Sanford

Republican , South Carolina


Mark Sanford
U.S. Rep., Dist. 1

Panel Rating

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Conservative Organizations

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2015-16:  100%, 100%
National Right to Life, 2015-16:  100%
Club for Growth, 2015:  95%, 91%
FreedomWorks, 2015:  90%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2014:  88%, 88%
Conservative Review (CR), 2015:  88%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  87%
Heritage Action, 2015-16:  84%
FRC Action, 2016:  83%
Center for Security Policy, 2013-14:  48%



Liberal Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2015-16:  33%
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2014:  20%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2013:  0%, 17%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2014:  0%, 12%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2015:  6%
Human Rights Campaign, 2013-14:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2015:  0%



Selected Contributions


State Republican Party Organizations
Acton PAC, American Principles, Associated Builders and Contractors, Citizens Against Government Waste, Citizens United, Club for Growth and 24 more


Airline Pilots Association







Other Information

Received Award for Conservative Excellence from American Conservative Union for his 2015 voting record South Carolina Pro Life Candidates Voter Guide lists as pro-life. Signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer's Pledge South Carolina Conservative Candidate: Rated Conservative.


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.


The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.


I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.


Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God Constitution Voters Supreme Court Congress

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I believe abortion should only be allowed to prevent the death of the mother, or in cases of rape reported to a law enforcement agency or incest against a minor reported to a child abuse agency.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

That men were fallen. In fact it was Madison who noted that "If men were angels, no government would be necessary." Across the sea, Lord Acton observed that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It was this sentiment that led the Founding Fathers to divide power as they did.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

That God is sovereign and man is not. That I am a sinner saved by God's grace. That there is absolute truth in God's law which if observed is many ways designed to protect us from ourselves. That we are here to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul - and your neighbor as yourself. And finally, that we will be judged in life in part based on what we do with what we have in accordance with the parable of the talents.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Ranked in top 1% in U.S. Congress by National Taxpayers Union and received their “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for the 113th Congress; standing 5th in the Congress for voting as an advocate for the taxpayer. Given perfect 100% on the scorecard issued by National Right to Life. Named a “cast-iron conservative” in the House by the Washington Post – a small group they considered stalwart in their support of conservative principles in Congress. Ranked in the top 95% of House Members by FreedomWorks, a group that advocates for individual liberty and limited government. Received the 2016 Conservative Achievement Award from the American Conservative Union, the nation’s oldest advocacy group for conservative policies. Called along with the South Carolina delegation “best in the nation” for limiting terms by U.S. Term Limits. Presented with “Guardian of Senior Rights” Award by the 60 Plus Association.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.; 843-302-1771

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  • Furman University, Greenville
  • University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, Charlottesville
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  • Governor, Held 2003-2011
  • US House, Held 1995-2001

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