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Mick Mulvaney
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United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland
Assumed office
May 1, 2020
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Gary Hart (2017)
Acting White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 2, 2019 – March 31, 2020
President Donald Trump
Deputy Emma Doyle
John Fleming
Preceded by John F. Kelly
Succeeded by Mark Meadows
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
February 16, 2017 – TBD
President Donald Trump
Deputy Russell Vought
Preceded by Shaun Donovan
Succeeded by Russell Vought (acting)
Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
In office
November 25, 2017 – December 11, 2018
President Donald Trump
Deputy Leandra English
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
In office
January 3, 2011 – February 16, 2017
Preceded by John Spratt
Succeeded by Ralph Norman
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 16th district
In office
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
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Eldridge Emory
Succeeded by Debora Long
Personal details
Born
John Michael Mulvaney

July 21, 1967 (1967-07-21) (age 53)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Pamela West (m. 1998)
Children 3
Education Georgetown University (BS)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (JD)

John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (born July 21, 1967) is an American politician. 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 SC'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.

Mulvaney serves as United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and previously served as the acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from November 2017 to December 2018.

Early life

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)

Elections

Mulvaney ran against Democratic incumbent John Spratt for SC'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

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.

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

Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2017–2020)

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.

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

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)

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.

Personal life

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

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