Born in 1960, Mark Sanford received a B.A. from Furman University in 1983 and an MBA from the University of Virginia in 1988. After working in real estate, he was Representative from South Carolina from 1995 to 2001, then became governor of the state from 2003 until 2011. He joined the military in 2002, serving until 2011 and attaining the rank of Captain in the Air Force Reserve. Sanford successfully ran for Congress again in 2012 and served in the House until 2019.
Arms Trade Treaty
Sanford’s position on this issue is unknown.
Arms Sales to Saudi Coalition
Sanford's position on this issue is unknown. He has expressed concern in the past with U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia. However, the steps he would take to address such support are unclear.
Speech in the House following vote on H.R. 599, November 18, 2017
“This past week, the House passed Resolution 599, which expresses the need for a political solution in Yemen consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 or as otherwise agreed to by the parties. In short form, it expresses the sense of Congress in regards to our strategy in Yemen. The measure passed, but I was one of 30 who voted against the bill, and here's why:
In life, we are measured by what we do rather than what we say.
This bill said - in a long list of "whereas" clauses - the right thing with regard to our military being subject to the Authorization of the Use of Military Force in operations in Yemen. That's what it said. But again, actions speak louder than words.
So while it suggested we should hold ourselves to an Authorization for the Use of Military Force by Congress, what was in fact acknowledged in the debate was that the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling planes that Saudi Arabia and other allies are using to attack Houthi rebels in their proxy war in Yemen with Iran.”
Firearms Export Reclassification
Sanford’s position on this issue is unknown. He has in the past received high ratings from the NRA, and has generally opposed gun control measures. However, his stance on exports is unknown.