First Lady of South Carolina from 2003 to 2010 who divorced her husband after it became known that he had flown to Argentina to have an affair. She was praised by the media for not standing by her husband during his scandal, which was something that is uncommon for wives of politicians embroiled in controversy.
She graduated with magna cum laude honors from Georgetown University in 1984.
She worked as campaign manager for her husbands congressional and gubernatorial elections.
She published a memoir, Staying True, which details her experience of her husband Mark Sanford 's affair and the effect it had on her own life.