|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||John Spratt|
|Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 16th district
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Chauncey Gregory|
|Succeeded by||Chauncey 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|
July 21, 1967 |
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Georgetown University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (born July 21, 1967) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Mulvaney previously 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.
Early life, education, and early career
Mulvaney was born in Alexandria, Virginia and grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina before moving to Indian Land, South Carolina. Mulvaney attended Georgetown University where he majored in International Economics, Commerce and Finance. At Georgetown, he was an Honors Scholar, the highest level of academic achievement awarded to members of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, and ultimately graduated with honors in 1989. Mulvaney attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a full scholarship to attend law school, where his focus was on anti-trust law. He graduated with his law degree in 1992.
From 1992 to 1997, Mulvaney practiced law with the firm James, McElroy & Diehl. Mulvaney joined his family's homebuilding and real estate business. He participated in the Owners and Presidents Management Program at Harvard Business School. In addition, he had been a minority shareholder and Owner-Operator in Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, a privately held regional restaurant chain.
South Carolina legislature
In 2008 an unexpected retirement created a vacancy in the South Carolina Senate and he campaigned for and won that office in what was widely regarded to be the hardest fought legislative race in South Carolina that year.
While in the State Senate, Mulvaney served on the Judiciary, Labor/Commerce/Industry, Medical Affairs, Agriculture/Natural Resources, and Corrections Committees. The Palmetto Family Council identified him as the Freshman Legislator of the Year in 2006 for his work on the South Carolina ultrasound bill. In 2010 he was named Legislator of the Year for his work in support of the State's Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He has received one of the few A+ ratings in the entire legislature from the South Carolina Club for Growth.
U.S. House of Representatives
Mulvaney, a GOP Young Gun, 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. During the campaign, Mulvaney's involvement in the now defunct Edenmoor real estate development in Lancaster County, South Carolina came to public attention. Mulvaney's opponents alleged that Mulvaney misled the Lancaster County council and taxpayers to provide some $30 million in public funding for the Edenmoor real estate development and that once the public funds had been approved, Mulvaney sold his interest in the development to a third party at a substantial profit. Mulvaney denied the allegations and claimed that the project's failure was due to Democratic economic policies. Mulvaney defeated Spratt, who had held the seat since 1983; he received 55% of the vote to Spratt's 45%.
Mulvaney's campaign against Spratt was aided by a 501(c)(4) organization named the Commission on Hope, Growth, and Opportunity. The group, which was established by anonymous donors and run by lobbyist Scott W. Reed, has been accused by the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington of violating federal campaign finance laws and disclosing false information to the Internal Revenue Service.
He won re-election to a second term, by defeating Democrat Joyce Knott 56%-44%.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Small Business
He is the son of Mike and Kathy Mulvaney and has two siblings. Mulvaney married Pamela West in 1998; they have three children (a set of triplets).
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mick Mulvaney.|
- Congressman Mick Mulvaney official U.S. House site
- Mick Mulvaney for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Representatives to the 112th United States Congress from South Carolina (ordered by seniority)|
|112th||Senate: L. Graham | J. DeMint||House: J. Clyburn | J. Wilson | J. Duncan | T. Gowdy | M. Mulvaney | T. Scott|