Sullivan's Island, South Carolina , United States
|| September 11, 1962
|Contributor||The Sunset Provision|
Mar 26, 2013 09:58pm
Caucasian - Divorced - Straight -
|Info||Jenny Sanford was raised in Winnetka, Illinois, an upscale suburb of Chicago. She is the second of five children born to an Irish Catholic family. Sanford's family was prominent in the area. Her great grandfather, Joseph W. Sullivan, co-founded Skil Corporation which would manufacture the first portable electric saw. Her uncle and another grandfather, both lawyers, headed the Winston and Strawn law firm. Sanford also has familial ties to Rushton Skakel Sr., the brother of Ethel Kennedy. |
Sanford attended an all-girls Catholic school in Lake Forest, Illinois. She later graduated magna cum laude, earning her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1984.
From 1984 until 1990, she worked at Lazard Freres & Company, an investment bank based in New York City, eventually becoming vice president of mergers and acquisitions. It was while she was working at Lazard that she met her future husband, Mark Sanford, at a beach party in the Hamptons on Long Island. She later talked about the meeting in an interview with The Post and Courier, "It wasn’t exactly love at first sight. It was more like friendship at first sight."
The couple married 1989, and eventually had four sons, Marshall, Landon, Bolton and Blake. They separated in June 2009, according to Ms. Sanford.
It was not until the couple's second son was born that Mark Sanford announced he would enter politics. She would later tell the The Greenville News, "It was quite a surprise to me. When he told me, I was in the hospital, and we had just delivered our second son. So we had a 15-month-old and a newborn, and he says to me, ‘I’m going to run for Congress.’"
In 1994, she managed her husband's successful campaign for the United States House of Representatives, as well as his successful gubernatorial campaign in 2002.
Sanford also acted as her husband's advisor while he was in Congress. According to the Governor's website, she assisted him daily during his first term as Governor, and co-managed his successful re-election campaign in 2006. In 2005, she launched the Healthy South Carolina Challenge, an initiative to reduce the incidence of chronic preventable disease. She serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the Hollings Cancer Center, the Drayton Hall historical property in Charleston, the Coastal Community Foundation and the Children’s Hospital Advisory Fund.