Mick Mulvaney

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Mick Mulvaney
Mick Mulvaney official photo.jpg
United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
May 1, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byGary Hart (2017)
White House Chief of Staff
Acting
In office
January 2, 2019 – March 31, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyEmma Doyle
Preceded byJohn F. Kelly
Succeeded byMark Meadows
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
February 16, 2017 – March 31, 2020[a]
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyRussell Vought
Preceded byShaun Donovan
Succeeded byRussell Vought (acting)
Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Acting
In office
November 25, 2017 – December 11, 2018[b]
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyLeandra English
Brian Johnson (acting)
Preceded byRichard Cordray
Succeeded byKathleen Kraninger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – February 16, 2017
Preceded byJohn Spratt
Succeeded byRalph Norman
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 16th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byChauncey K. Gregory
Succeeded byChauncey K. Gregory
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byEldridge Emory
Succeeded byDebora Long
Personal details
Born
John Michael Mulvaney

(1967-07-21) July 21, 1967 (age 52)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Pamela West (m. 1998)
Children3
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (JD)

John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (born July 21, 1967) is an American politician. Mulvaney is the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland since 2020. He was the 44th Director of the Office of Management and Budget from February 16, 2017 to March 2020. He was the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district from 2011 through 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. Mulvaney served as a member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 16th district (Lancaster and York Counties),[1] from 2009 to 2011.

He is the first Republican to represent South Carolina's 5th district since 1883.[2] On December 16, 2016, it was reported that Presidential-Elect Donald Trump has selected Mulvaney as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[3] On February 16, 2017, the Senate confirmed him, 51-49.[4]

In November 2017, Trump controversially appointed Mulvaney as Acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[5]

On December 14, 2018, Trump hired Mulvaney as White House Chief of Staff-designate in an acting capacity.[6]

In March 2020, President Trump nominated Mulvaney to be United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.

Early life[change | change source]

Mulvaney was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, before moving to Indian Land, South Carolina.[7][8] He studied at Charlotte Catholic High School and then Georgetown University.

U.S. House of Representatives (2011–2017)[change | change source]

Elections[change | change source]

Mulvaney ran against Democratic incumbent John Spratt for South Carolina's 5th congressional district. The race was highlighted by Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC's "Take Congress Back: 10 in '10" initiative as one of the top 10 House challenger races.[9] He defeated Spratt, who had held the seat since 1983, with 55% of the vote.[10]

Mulvaney won re-election to a second term, by defeating Democrat Joyce Knott 56%–44%.[11][12] He won re-election to a third term, by defeating Democrat Tom Adams, a Fort Mill Town Council[13] member, 59%–41%.[14] Mulvaney was re-elected to a fourth term, winning over 59% of the vote.[15]

Tenure[change | change source]

Mulvaney aligned himself with the Tea Party movement.[16] On December 10, 2013, Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray announced that they had negotiated the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, a proposed two-year budget deal.[17] In 2015, Mulvaney voted against a government-funding resolution, in part because it included funding for Planned Parenthood.[18] Mulvaney opposed gun control initiatives.[19]

In September 2015, Mulvaney endorsed Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries.[20]

Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2017–2020)[change | change source]

On December 16, 2016, Mulvaney was announced to have been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[21]

Mulvaney's nomination as Director-designate was reviewed in hearings held by the members of the United States Senate Committee on the Budget and the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs then presented to the full Senate for a vote. On February 16, 2017, the Senate confirmed Mulvaney, 51-49.[4]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau controversy[change | change source]

Trump appointed Mulvaney to serve as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Many believe that Trump cannot appoint an Interim director. The dispute has arisen over whether Mulvaney can be so-named under the FVRA or whether a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act controls, which would make the deputy director, currently Leandra English, acting director of the CFPB instead.

The Senate may also resolve the dispute by confirming a permanent replacement once nominated by the President.[5] On November 28, 2017, a federal judge ruled in Trump's favor to allow Mulvaney to serve as CFRB Acting Director.[22]

Acting White House Chief of Staff (2019–2020)[change | change source]

On December 14, 2018, Donald Trump named Mulvaney as his acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing John F. Kelly.[23] He was sworn-in on January 2, 2019. He was replaced by Mark Meadows in March 2020.

Special Envoy to Northern Ireland (since 2020)[change | change source]

After leaving his Chief of Staff post, Mulvaney was named Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, a role which had last been held by Gary Hart. His swearing-in was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also prevented him from making a planned trip to Northern Ireland as envoy.

He was sworn in via virtual FaceTime call on May 1, 2020.[24]

Personal life[change | change source]

Mulvaney has two siblings. He married his wife Pamela West in 1998. They have triplets.[25] He is a Roman Catholic.[26]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Substituted by Russell Vought as Acting Director during his tenure as White House Chief of Staff from January 2, 2019 – March 31, 2020.
  2. Disputed with Leandra English until November 28, 2017.

References[change | change source]

  1. Chris Cillizza (21 July 2010). "Lindsey Graham's vote on Elena Kagan ensures primary challenge". Political news and analysis. The Washington Post Company. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  2. "Rep. Mick Mulvaney: A freshman's view of Washington".
  3. "Trump picks US Rep. Mulvaney to head White House budget office", Reuters via CNBC, December 16, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "U.S. Senate: Roll Call Vote". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dayen, David (2017-11-24). "Richard Cordray Sets Up Titanic Struggle For Control of the Consumer Protection Bureau with Last-Minute Move". The Intercept. Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  6. "Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff".
  7. "MULVANEY, Mick". United States Congress.
  8. "Arena Profile: Rep. Mick Mulvaney". Politico.
  9. Paul Conner (October 28, 2010). "Romney stumps in South Carolina as Mulvaney opens lead on Spratt". The Daily Caller.
  10. "2010 General Election". South Carolina State Election Commission. November 18, 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  11. POLITICO. "2012 Election Results Map by State". POLITICO.
  12. "Mulvaney easily defeats challenger to represent 5th Congressional District". GoUpstate.com.
  13. "South Carolina: Haley, Graham re-elected; Scott to finish term". charlotteobserver.
  14. "South Carolina Election Results 2014: House Map by District, Live Midterm Voting Updates". POLITICO.
  15. "2016 Statewide General Election official results". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  16. Jeremy Herb (January 23, 2017). "Trump's tea party budget chief on collision course with GOP hawks". Politico.
  17. Erik Wasson; Russell Berman (December 11, 2013). "Ryan budget deal gets positive review at closed-door Republican conference". The Hill. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  18. "The madness resumes". The Economist. September 26, 2015.
  19. Jake Sherman (December 3, 2015). "GOP unmoved on gun control as massacres pile up". Politico.
  20. "Rep. Mick Mulvaney endorses Rand Paul for president". Washington Post. September 21, 2015.
  21. Shear, Michael (December 16, 2016). "Trump Picks Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina Congressman, as Budget Director". The New York Times. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
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  23. "Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff".
  24. O'Donovan, Brien (May 6, 2020). "New US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland sworn in". RTE. Dublin, Ireland: Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
  25. "About".
  26. "The Arena".

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