John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (born July 21, 1967) is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is formerly a member of the South Carolina Senate representing District 16 (Lancaster and York Counties). 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
Mulvaney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006, becoming the first Republican ever elected to that position in his district.
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. No evidence has ever been presented to justify that claim.
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%.
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
- Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce (Chairman)
- Joint Economic Committee
- Republican Study Committee
- Tea Party Caucus
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).
February 7th, 2012