|United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland|
May 1, 2020 – January 7, 2021
|Preceded by||Gary Hart (2017)|
|Succeeded by||Joe Kennedy III (2022)|
|White House Chief of Staff|
January 2, 2019 – March 31, 2020
|Preceded by||John F. Kelly|
|Succeeded by||Mark Meadows|
|Director of the Office of Management and Budget|
February 16, 2017 – March 31, 2020[a]
|Preceded by||Shaun Donovan|
|Succeeded by||Russell Vought (acting)|
|Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau|
November 25, 2017 – December 11, 2018[b]
Brian Johnson (acting)
|Preceded by||Richard Cordray|
|Succeeded by||Kathleen Kraninger|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 5th district
January 3, 2011 – February 16, 2017
|Preceded by||John Spratt|
|Succeeded by||Ralph Norman|
|Member of the South Carolina Senate|
from the 16th district
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Chauncey K. Gregory|
|Succeeded by||Chauncey K. Gregory|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives|
from the 45th district
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Eldridge Emory|
|Succeeded by||Debora Long|
John Michael Mulvaney
July 21, 1967
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Pamela West (m. 1998)
|Education||Georgetown University (BS)|
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (JD)
John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (born July 21, 1967) is an American politician. Mulvaney was the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland from 2020 to 2021. 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), from 2009 to 2011.
He is the first Republican to represent South Carolina's 5th district since 1883. On December 16, 2016, it was reported that Presidential-Elect Donald Trump has selected Mulvaney as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. On February 16, 2017, the Senate confirmed him, 51-49.
In March 2020, President Trump nominated Mulvaney to be United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. In January 2021, Mulvaney resigned as Special Envoy for Northern Ireland following the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
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. 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. He defeated Spratt, who had held the seat since 1983, with 55% of the vote.
Mulvaney won re-election to a second term, by defeating Democrat Joyce Knott 56%–44%. He won re-election to a third term, by defeating Democrat Tom Adams, a Fort Mill Town Council member, 59%–41%. Mulvaney was re-elected to a fourth term, winning over 59% of the vote.
Tenure[change | change source]
Mulvaney aligned himself with the Tea Party movement. 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. In 2015, Mulvaney voted against a government-funding resolution, in part because it included funding for Planned Parenthood. Mulvaney opposed gun control initiatives.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2017–2020)[change | change source]
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.
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. On November 28, 2017, a federal judge ruled in Trump's favor to allow Mulvaney to serve as CFRB Acting Director.
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. He was sworn-in on January 2, 2019. He was replaced by Mark Meadows in March 2020.
Special Envoy to Northern Ireland (2020–2021)[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.
Personal life[change | change source]
Notes[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- 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.
- "Rep. Mick Mulvaney: A freshman's view of Washington".
- "Trump picks US Rep. Mulvaney to head White House budget office" Archived 2016-12-17 at the Wayback Machine, Reuters via CNBC, December 16, 2016.
- "U.S. Senate: Roll Call Vote". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
- 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.
- Smith, David (14 December 2018). "Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff". The Guardian.
- "'I can't stay here' — Mick Mulvaney resigns from Trump administration, expects others to follow". CNBC. 2021-01-07. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
- "MULVANEY, Mick". United States Congress.
- "Arena Profile: Rep. Mick Mulvaney". Politico.
- Paul Conner (October 28, 2010). "Romney stumps in South Carolina as Mulvaney opens lead on Spratt". The Daily Caller.
- "2010 General Election". South Carolina State Election Commission. November 18, 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
- POLITICO. "2012 Election Results Map by State". POLITICO.
- "Mulvaney easily defeats challenger to represent 5th Congressional District". GoUpstate.com.
- "South Carolina: Haley, Graham re-elected; Scott to finish term". charlotteobserver.
- "South Carolina Election Results 2014: House Map by District, Live Midterm Voting Updates". POLITICO.
- "2016 Statewide General Election official results". South Carolina State Election Commission. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- Jeremy Herb (January 23, 2017). "Trump's tea party budget chief on collision course with GOP hawks". Politico.
- Erik Wasson; Russell Berman (December 11, 2013). "Ryan budget deal gets positive review at closed-door Republican conference". The Hill. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- "The madness resumes". The Economist. September 26, 2015.
- Jake Sherman (December 3, 2015). "GOP unmoved on gun control as massacres pile up". Politico.
- "Rep. Mick Mulvaney endorses Rand Paul for president". Washington Post. September 21, 2015.
- Shear, Michael (December 16, 2016). "Trump Picks Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina Congressman, as Budget Director". The New York Times. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
- Rogers, Katie; Bernard, Tara Siegel (28 November 2017). "President Wins Round in the Battle for the Consumer Bureau". The New York Times.
- O'Donovan, Brien (May 6, 2020). "New US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland sworn in". RTE. Dublin, Ireland: Raidió Teilifís Éireann.
- "About". Archived from the original on 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
- "The Arena". Politico.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Congressman Mick Mulvaney Archived 2017-02-16 at the Wayback Machine official U.S. House site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Vote Smart
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Mulvaney Appearances on C-SPAN
- Mick Mulvaney at the Open Directory Project