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Michael "Mick" Mulvaney
Michael mulvaney.jpg
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 5
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorJohn Spratt (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.49 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,445,925
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina State Senate
South Carolina House of Representatives
High schoolCharlotte Catholic High School
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.University of North Carolina
Date of birthJuly 21, 1967
Place of birthAlexandria, Virginia
Net worth$3,672,035.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Michael "Mick" Mulvaney (b. July 21, 1967, in Alexandria, Virginia) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Mulvaney was elected by voters from South Carolina's 5th Congressional District. He won re-election in 2012. He ran for re-election in 2014.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Congress, Mulvaney served in the South Carolina State Senate and the South Carolina House of Representatives.[1]

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.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Mulvaney's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Mulvaney serves on the following committees:[3]


  • 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:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] For more information pertaining to Mulvaney's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

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."[6]


Voted "No" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


2014 Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[9] 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] Mulvaney voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] It included a 1 percent 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Mulvaney voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[12]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Mulvaney supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[15] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] 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.[18] Mulvaney voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "No" 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.[20] 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.[21]

Government spending

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."[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Mulvaney supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" 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.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[27]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mick Mulvaney endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [28]



See also: South Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Mulvaney ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 5th District. Mulvaney sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

See also: United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 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.[29][30][31]


See also: South Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[32][33]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joyce Knott 44.4% 123,443
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMick Mulvaney Incumbent 55.5% 154,324
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 236
Total Votes 278,003
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Mulvaney won election for District 16 of the South Carolina State Senate with 25,225 votes, ahead of Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell (21,711) and write-ins (37).[35]

Mulvaney raised $262,213 for his campaign. His opponent raised $119,331.[36]

South Carolina State Senate, District 16
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Mulvaney (R) 25,225
Mandy Powers Norrell (D) 21,711
Write-ins 37

Campaign donors

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.[37]

Mick Mulvaney's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Carolina, District 5) Won $798,055
2010 US House (South Carolina, District 5) Won $1,647,870
Grand Total Raised $2,445,925


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mulvaney's reports.[38]


Throughout his career, Mulvaney has raised $259,490 from retired contributors, $127,353 from Leadership PACs, and $110,230 from individual Republican donors.[44]

Breakdown of the source of Mulvaney's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[45]

Cost per vote

Mulvaney spent $4.49 per vote received in 2012.


Mulvaney raised $262,213 in the 2008 election cycle.

His top contributors are listed below.[46]

Donor Amount
South Carolina Bank & Trust $75,725
Mick Mulvaney $60,000
Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina $5,000
Ted and Erin Mulvaney $2,000
Duke Energy $2,000
George and Janet Sella $2,000


Like-minded colleagues

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.[47]

Mulvaney most often votes with:

Mulvaney least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Mulvaney is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 24, 2013.[48]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[50]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[51]

Mick Mulvaney Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[52]


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.[53]

Voting with party


Mulvaney voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 140th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]


Mulvaney and his wife Pamela have three children.

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Mulvaney," accessed June 24, 2013
  2. Campaign website "About Mick," accessed June 24, 2013
  3., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Charlotte Business Journal, "Charlotte-area Congressman considers Syrian strike," accessed September 3, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mulvaney's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Vote Smart, "Mulvaney on agriculture," accessed October 11, 2013
  16. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Washington Post, "Attempts to reduce wasteful government spending show austerity is a hard nut to crack," accessed January 2, 2014
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mulvaney's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mulvaney's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 11, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Mulvaney on abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  29. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  30. Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  31. Political, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  32. WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  33. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. South Carolina official election results for 2008
  36. Follow the Money's report on Mulvaney's 2008 campaign contributions
  37. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mick Mulvaney," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Mulvaney 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Mulvaney Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  44. accessed May 19, 2012
  45. Open Secrets, "Mulvaney Campaign Contributions," accessed February 28, 2013
  46. Campaign contributors to Michael Mulvaney
  47. OpenCongress, "Mick Mulvaney," accessed August 6, 2013
  48. GovTrack, "Mick Mulvaney," accessed June 24, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Mulvaney," accessed April 10, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "John Michael "Mick Mulvaney," accessed September 18, 2012
  51. OpenSecrets, "Mulvaney, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Spratt
U.S. House of Representatives - South Carolina District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chauncey Gregory
South Carolina State Senate - District 16
Succeeded by
Greg Gregory