Mark Sanford

[Congressional biography]

Born: May 28, 1960 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL


  • Furman University, B.A., 1983
  • University of Virginia, M.B.A., 1988

Military Service:

  • U.S. Air Force Reserve, 2002-2011


  • Owner of real estate firm
  • Farmer

Key House Vote Data for Mark Sanford in 2017

Key vote data shown on this page comes from the American Conservative Union (ACU/CPAC) and Voteview.

Click on the RESULT of a specific vote to see how all members voted.

2017-01-24 Prohibiting Taxpayer-Funded Abortions [HR7] Passed
This bill prohibits federal funds, including funds in the District of Columbia budget, from being used for abortions and prohibits health insurance plans that include federal subsidies from coverage of abortions. Exceptions are made for rape, incest and the life of the mother.

2017-02-03 Overturning Federal Control Over Methane Emissions [HJRES36] Agreed To
This resolution invokes the Congressional Review Act to overturn an Obama Administration rule that puts controls on methane emissions from oil and gas drilling on federal lands. ACU opposes these regulations without congressional authorization that drive up the cost of oil and gas to promote a "global warming" agenda.

2017-02-07 Overturning Federal Control of Education [HJRES57] Agreed To
This resolution invokes the Congressional Review Act to overturn an Obama Administration rule that reinstates federal control over state accountability plans under the new education act. ACU opposes this attempt to use federal funds to pressure states into agreeing to federal mandates.

2017-02-16 Defunding Planned Parenthood Funding [HJRES43] Agreed To
This resolution invokes the Congressional Review Act to overturn an Obama Administration rule that forces states to send taxpayer funds for "family planning," known as Title X funds, to Planned Parenthood.

2017-03-09 Tort Reform [HR985] Passed
This bill reforms the laws that govern class action lawsuits to make sure that these lawsuits truly represent a "class" of people who have suffered the same injury. Among other provisions, it requires certification that no relatives or former employees or clients of counsel are involved, limits attorney fees and requires proof that those represented have actually agreed to participate. ACU supports reform of class action lawsuits that are often more for the benefit of attorneys than clients.

2017-03-28 FCC Privacy Rule [SJRES34] Agreed To
This resolution invokes the Congressional Review Act to overturn an Obama Administration rule that mandates how internet service providers can store and use information from customers. ACU opposes executive agency mandates that are properly handled through congressional legislation and, as with other Obama Administration rules, exempts companies such as Google and Facebook from similar regulation.

2017-05-04 Obamacare Repeal [HR1628] Passed
This bill repeals major parts of Obamacare over a period of time, including capping Medicaid expansion, to primarily able-bodied childless adults and ending the expansion in 2020 while defunding Planned Parenthood for one year. The bill still keeps some insurance mandates while allowing more requests for waivers from mandates that force less risky customers to pay higher premiums to subsidize more risky customers. ACU supports the complete repeal of a program that has caused millions of people to lose their insurance plans and their doctors while dramatically increasing insurance premiums and deductibles and supported this bill as a step in the right direction. This vote was double-weighted due to its role in attempting to dismantle Obamacare.

2017-06-08 Dodd-Frank Banking Regulation Repeal [HR10] Passed
This bill repeals much of the Dodd-Frank banking regulation act, removing draconian regulations on community banks, eliminating "too big to fail" provisions on large banks, ending government guarantees to bail out banks' bad debt and simplifying regulations for small businesses. The bill also replaces the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with the Consumer Law Enforcement Agency with a director who serves at the pleasure of the President and is subject to the congressional appropriation process. ACU supports the reform of these laws and the rogue CFPB that have combined to stifle small business loans and impose regulations at the whim of the CFPB director.

2017-06-29 Defunding Sanctuary Cities [HR3003] Passed
This bill prohibits state and local governments from interfering with federal and other state or local officials who are trying to carry out the nation's immigration laws. Under the bill, authorities cannot be prevented from asking about a person's immigration status and certain Justice Department grants can be withheld from those who do not comply with requests for cooperation. ACU supports the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

2017-07-13 Closing Guantanamo [HR2810] Rejected
No Vote
Nadler (D-NY) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would allow the transfer of terrorist detainees at Guantanamo to the United States. ACU opposes closing Guantanamo and bringing terrorist detainees to the U.S..

2017-07-13 Military Base Closings [HR2810] Rejected
No Vote
McClintock (R-CA) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act removes provisions of the bill that prevent the military from conducting a round of base realignments and base closings. ACU supports efforts to realign our military bases with changing requirements.

2017-07-13 Preventing Wasteful Military Spending [HR2810] Rejected
No Vote
Buck (R-CO) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act requires the Department of Defense to complete a cost effectiveness analysis ensuring that the Department of Defense does not purchase alternative fuels unless they are as cost effective as traditional fuels. ACU opposes wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on expensive fuel to carry out a politicized "global warming" agenda.

2017-07-13 Preventing Taxpayer Funded Sex Change Operations [HR2810] Rejected
No Vote
Hartzler (R-MO) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act prevents taxpayer funds from being used for sex change operations in the military. ACU opposes taxpayer funds being used for elective or cosmetic procedures.

2017-07-27 Blocking Private Competition for Government Contracts [HR3219] Agreed To
Cartwright (D-PA) amendment to the Defense Department Appropriations bill bars the government from allowing a public-private competition for government contracts.

2017-09-06 Eliminating Rural Air Service Subsidies [HR3354] Rejected
McClintock (R-CA) amendment to the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill eliminates $150 million in funding for a program that subsidizes air service to rural airports with little passenger traffic and applies the funds to deficit reduction. ACU opposes this wasteful spending on mostly short distance air service to destinations easily accessible by car or bus.

2017-09-06 Defunding Amtrak [HR3354] Rejected
Brooks (R-AL) amendment to the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill eliminates subsidies to Amtrak, which receives over $400 million in subsidies and loses over $200 million in taxpayer funds each year. ACU opposes funding for a program that was supposed to be self-sufficient by 2009.

2017-09-06 Repeal of Davis Bacon Act [HR3354] Rejected
King (R-IA) amendment to the Department of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill prohibits using funds to enforce the prevailing wage provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act, a Depression-era price control measure. ACU opposes artificial wage requirements that drive up the cost of projects.

2017-09-08 Reduced Federal Spending [HR3354] Rejected
Blackburn (R-TN) amendment to an omnibus appropriations bill provides for an across-the-board one percent spending reduction. ACU supports this modest effort at reducing spending to help shrink the deficit.

2017-09-08 Defunding the EPA Criminal Enforcement Division [HR3354] Rejected
Palmer (R-AL) amendment to the Department of the Interior Appropriations bill prohibits funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Enforcement Division, which leads to over-criminalization. ACU opposes the EPA's misuse of this division which has conducted armed raids of the Gibson Guitar Company with no charges forthcoming.

2017-09-13 Spending Increase for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership [HR3354] Agreed To
Torres (D-CA) amendment to the Omnibus Appropriations bill increases spending for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program that uses taxpayer funds and fees to act as a business consultant to American manufacturing companies. ACU opposes this wasteful program that has seen American manufacturing shrink by one-third since the program's inception in 1988.

2017-10-03 Late Term Abortion Restrictions [HR36] Passed
This bill prohibits abortions when the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks (five months) or longer with exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother.

2017-10-05 Conservative Budget Proposal [HCONRES71] Rejected
McClintock (R-CA) amendment to the Budget Bill for Fiscal Year 2018 implements the House Republican Study Committee budget proposal, also known as the conservative budget. Among other provisions, the proposal balances the budget in five years, caps discretionary spending, reforms entitlements, including combining Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program into a single block grant, reforms Medicare to keep it solvent and helps preserve Social Security by increasing the retirement age beginning in 2022. ACU supports these proposals that tackle our long-term debt and bankrupt entitlement programs others have refused to deal with.

2017-12-06 Concealed Carry Reciprocity [HR38] Passed
This bill requires states to recognize concealed carry permits held by qualified people from other states while at the same time strengthening reporting requirements by federal agencies of those barred from purchasing firearms.

2017-12-19 Comprehensive Tax Reform [HR1] Agreed To
This bill substantially reduces taxes on corporations and small business, reduces individual income tax rates from top to bottom, increases the standard deduction for individuals and the exemption for the Death Tax and repeals Obamacare's individual mandate beginning in 2019. Although the bill does not include provisions advocated by ACU, including simplifying the tax code, abolishing the Death Tax and abolishing the Alternative Minimum Tax, ACU supported the bill as a good first step in passing more comprehensive tax reform.

2017-12-21 Disaster Assistance Supplemental Appropriations [HR4667] Passed
This bill appropriates $81 billion in "emergency" funding with no offsets to deal with disaster assistance for hurricanes and fires. ACU opposes this irresponsible approach to disaster funding that is double the Trump Administration request, includes billions of dollars that will not be spent for years to come and includes money for cotton producers that were not affected by natural disasters.

  Represents a "Yes" vote.

  Represents a "No" vote.

  Indicates that this member voted against the conservative position on a particular vote.

"No vote" means that this member did not cast a vote (or voted 'Present' instead of Yes or No).