Who is the New Member on the House Transportation Committee?
By Larry Ehl, June 15, 2013
Federal transportation issues become part of new U.S. Representative Mark Sanford’s portfolio.
A new Representative, elected in recent special election, joins the House Transportation Committee. In early May Republican Mark Sanford was elected to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate. That seat was open due to the resignation of Jim DeMint to take a position with the Heritage Foundation. Sanford previously represented the same district from 1995 to 2001 before being elected Governor of South Carolina, a position he held from 2003 to 2011. See a Wikipedia biography for more information.
Upon his appointment Sanford remarked:
“I’m honored to be selected to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Efficient, effective infrastructure is critical to families and businesses in the Lowcountry. Serving on the Committee will provide ample opportunity to positively impact important issues for the 1st District, as well as for taxpayers across the nation.”
Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster commented on Sanford’s appointment:
“I’m looking forward to working with Congressman Sanford on the Transportation Committee as we work to strengthen our Nation’s infrastructure, reform programs, promote economic growth, and ensure that American businesses remain globally competitive.” Read the complete news release.
Sanford is likely to fill the vacancies that exist on the Coast Guard, Economic Development and Water Resources Subcommittees
Sanford was elected to the House in a special election last month to fill the seat that was vacated by the appointment of then-Rep. Tim Scott to the state’s open Senate seat.
Sanford completes trek from Congress to 'Appalachian Trail' and back again
By Jessica Taylor, May 15, 2013
Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, greets Peggy Sanford, right, mother of U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, second from right, Sanford's fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur, center, and members of Sanford's family before a ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol May 15, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
Mark Sanford’s comeback story is complete.
The former South Carolina governor is now officially a congressman again, sworn in Wednesday on the House floor after winning last week’s competitive special election in the state's 1st District.As Sanford took his official oath late Wednesday afternoon, he echoed the same themes of redemption he used in his winning campaign.
“I stand before you with a whole new appreciation for the God of second chances,” Sanford said.
The Republican’s return nearly 13 years after he left Capitol Hill is all the more remarkable for his having overcome the scandal that derailed his governorship.
In 2009, Sanford disappeared from the state, telling his office he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, only to reveal in a teary press conference that he had actually been having an affair in Argentina. Sanford and his wife divorced, and he is now engaged to that same Argentinian woman, Maria Belen Chapur.
After he left the governor’s office following his second term, Sanford's political career appeared to be finished. But when Gov. Nikki Haley tapped Rep. Tim Scott to fill an open seat in the U.S. Senate, Sanford was presented with an opportunity to reclaim the district he once represented.
Sanford won the special election primary and runoff with relative ease, but soon news leaked that his ex-wife had accused him of trespassing at her home earlier this year. Many Republicans began to distance themselves from Sanford, and the National Republican Congressional Committee pulled funding from the race.
Sensing an opportunity, Democrats poured money into the race, hoping that Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, could pull the upset. Though polls showed the race was close, Sanford won by nine points on May 7.
But on Wednesday, as he began his first official day back on the Hill, Sanford said there were no hard feelings for House Republicans who spurned his campaign and said he'd been welcomed by the state's congressional delegation and by many current members, some of whom he had served with in his first stint.