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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford arrives with his wife Jenny at a White House dinner held by U.S. President Barack Obama for the National Governors Association in Washington, in this file photo taken February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford arrives with his wife Jenny at a White House dinner held by U.S. President Barack Obama for the National Governors Association in Washington, in this file photo taken February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The wife of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford said on Friday that she was filing for divorce, six months after Sanford traveled secretly to Argentina for what he later confessed was an extramarital affair.

Jenny Sanford, wife of the two-term Republican once considered a potential presidential candidate, cited many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation in a brief statement announcing her decision to seek the divorce.

The statement came after a South Carolina legislative subcommittee voted on Wednesday not to recommend the impeachment of Sanford, saying his secret trip in June for an affair with an Argentine woman did not meet the constitutional standard of serious misconduct.

The matter goes before the full judiciary committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives for a vote next week.