|Michael "Mick" Mulvaney|
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 5|
|January 3, 2011-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||John Spratt (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$4.49 in 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next primary||June 10, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|South Carolina State Senate|
|South Carolina House of Representatives|
|High school||Charlotte Catholic High School|
|J.D.||University of North Carolina|
|Birthday||July 21, 1967|
|Place of birth||Alexandria, Virginia|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Presidential preference
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Mulvaney is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Mulvaney earned his BSFS in International Commerce and Finance from Georgetown University in 1989. He went on to receive his Law Degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1992. He then received training in Owner and President's Management from Harvard Business School in 2006.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Mulvaney's academic, professional and political career:
- 2009-2011:South Carolina State Senate
- 2007-2009:South Carolina House of Representatives
- 1997-2000: Mulvaney & Fisher
- 1992-1997: Attorney, James, McElroy & Diehl
Mulvaney serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade
- United States House Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade
- Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
- Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
- Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce (Chairman)
South Carolina State Senate
Prior to leaving the senate, Mulvaney served on the following committees:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Corrections and Penology Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Medical Affairs Committee, South Carolina Senate
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Mulvaney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Mulvaney spoke about a national security briefing he attended on Syria in September 2013. He said, "I do know this: I can not support the resolution authorizing force that the president has offered Congress. It is far, far, far too broad. In fact, it’s broader even than the authorization for the use of force after 9-11, if you can believe that. If this keeps happening and nobody says anything or does anything about it, then the argument becomes that it’s no longer against the law. I’m sympathetic to all of that. At the same time, it’s international law, not just American-imposed law. And when the Brits don’t want to do anything and the French don’t seem to want to do much and the Russians and the Chinese don’t want to anything, I wonder if it’s really international law. It’s a real close call for me at this point."
Mulvaney voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Mulvaney voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Mulvaney voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Mulvaney voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
2014 Farm bill
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Mulvaney voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Mulvaney voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.
2013 Farm bill
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Mulvaney voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Mulvaney voted against HR 2775.
Mulvaney expressed frustration over lack of spending cuts in 2013. He said, "Have we eliminated anything? No. We haven’t. I can’t think of a single major agency that we’ve gotten rid of. Or a role of government that we’ve gotten rid of."
Morton Memos Prohibition
Mulvaney voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Mulvaney supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Mulvaney supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Mulvaney voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Mulvaney is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 5th District. Mulvaney is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Mulvaney was rumored as a possible appointee to Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate seat. On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's seat beginning in January 2013. Although Mulvaney was not appointed, he could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.
Mulvaney won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent South Carolina's 5th District. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and defeated Joyce Knott (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mick Mulvaney Incumbent||55.5%||154,324|
|Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Mulvaney raised $262,213 for his campaign. His opponent raised $119,331.
|South Carolina State Senate, District 16|
|Michael Mulvaney (R)||25,225|
|Mandy Powers Norrell (D)||21,711|
Comprehensive donor information for Mulvaney is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Mulvaney raised a total of $2,445,925 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.
|Mick Mulvaney's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (South Carolina, District 5)||$798,055|
|2010||US House (South Carolina, District 5)||$1,647,870|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,445,925|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mulvaney's reports.
|Mick Mulvaney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year-End||January 29, 2014||$220,757||$131,285||$(129,703)||$222,340|
Throughout his career, Mulvaney has raised $259,490 from retired contributors, $127,353 from Leadership PACs, and $110,230 from individual Republican donors.
Mulvaney won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Mulvaney's campaign committee raised a total of $798,055 and spent $692,430.
Cost per vote
Mulvaney spent $4.49 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, South Carolina, District 5, 2012 - Mick Mulvaney Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$34,641|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$32,719|
|Top contributors to Mick Mulvaney's campaign committee|
|National Auto Dealers Assn||$15,000|
|Credit Union National Assn||$10,250|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Misc Manufacturing & Distributing||$31,124|
Mulvaney raised $262,213 in the 2008 election cycle.
His top contributors are listed below.
|South Carolina Bank & Trust||$75,725|
|Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina||$5,000|
|Ted and Erin Mulvaney||$2,000|
|George and Janet Sella||$2,000|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Mulvaney most often votes with:
Mulvaney least often votes with:
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Mulvaney missed 15 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to .9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Mulvaney paid his congressional staff a total of $858,483 in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranks 31st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Mulvaney's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,551,074 to $5,792,997. That averages to $3,672,035.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Mulvaney ranked as the 296th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Mick Mulvaney Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||Avg. Citizen Net Worth|
National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Mulvaney was 1 of 2 members who ranked 183rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Mulvaney ranked 134th in the conservative rankings.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Mulvaney has voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 140th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Mulvaney and his wife Pamela have three children.
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- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Mulvaney," accessed June 24, 2013
- Campaign website "About Mick," accessed June 24, 2013
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Charlotte Business Journal, "Charlotte-area Congressman considers Syrian strike," accessed September 3, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mulvaney's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Vote Smart, "Mulvaney on agriculture," accessed October 11, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- Washington Post, "Attempts to reduce wasteful government spending show austerity is a hard nut to crack," accessed January 2, 2014
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mulvaney's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mulvaney's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 11, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Mulvaney on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
- The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
- Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
- Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
- WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- South Carolina official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on Mulvaney's 2008 campaign contributions
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mick Mulvaney," accessed March 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mulvaney 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
- FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Mick Mulvaney Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
- opensecrets.org accessed May 19, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Mulvaney Campaign Contributions," accessed February 28, 2013
- Campaign contributors to Michael Mulvaney
- OpenCongress, "Mick Mulvaney," accessed August 6, 2013
- GovTrack, "Mick Mulvaney," accessed June 24, 2013
- GovTrack, "Mulvaney," accessed April 10, 2013
- LegiStorm, "John Michael "Mick Mulvaney," accessed September 18, 2012
- OpenSecrets, "Mulvaney, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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