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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Sanford Receives National Taxpayers Union Award

Sep 6, 2018
Press Release
Taxpayer watchdog group scores Sanford #1 in SC for vote record

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Mark Sanford was honored by National Taxpayers Union (NTU) for having one of the strongest voting records on supporting lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom. This year, Rep. Sanford is one of only 66 House Representatives to have earned the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.”

“I’m honored to receive this award from National Taxpayers Union,” said Sanford. “I’ve long believed that standing up for taxpayers means cutting spending, working to limit government, minimizing waste, and reducing our national debt. Financial discipline in Washington is essential to ensuring both our personal and economic freedoms, and I’d offer that consistency in voting with the taxpayer in mind is critical to righting our financial ship and maintaining the liberties guaranteed through the Constitution.”

NTU included 98 Senate votes and 198 House votes in the 2017 scorecard. NTU’s rating program is designed to calculate a Member’s voting record on fiscal responsibility by evaluating every vote that has an impact on tax, spending, trade, and regulatory policy utilizing a methodical weighting system. No other fiscal policy scorecard is as comprehensive as NTU’s. This year, Rep. Sanford scored 87 percent on the group’s rating scale. In comparison, the House average was just 51 percent.

“Only lawmakers with a voting record that is the best-of-the-best will earn NTU’s Taxpayers’ Friend Award,” said Pete Sepp, president of NTU. “Representative Sanford has demonstrated a tireless commitment to supporting taxpayers’ interests in Washington, and a dedication to solving the government’s tax-and-spend problems with action rather than just words. Fixing America’s budget problems takes hard work, and Rep. Sanford has been doing that work every single day.

NTU has recognized Representatives and Senators since 1979 who annually earn high voting scores to qualify them for the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” See NTU’s full 2017 congressional scorecard and further analysis here.