Mick Mulvaney

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Michael "Mick" Mulvaney
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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
First electedNovember 2, 2010
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$3,847,036
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.

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]


Political positions

A February 2012 analysis by National Journal found that out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, Mulvaney ranks number 134 in conservative rankings. The ranking means Mulvaney is the 134th most conservative member of the House. [3]


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."[4]

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. [5]

Specific votes

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.[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Mulvaney serves on the following committees:[7]


  • 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:



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.[8][9][10]


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.[11][12]

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).[14]

Mulvaney raised $262,213 for his campaign, against $119,331 by Powers.[15]

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.[16]

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 are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mulvaney's reports.[17]

Mick Mulvaney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]4/15/2013$171,682.05$71,012.17$(119,012.56)$123,681.66
July Quarterly[19]7/12/2013$123,681.66$144,033.85$(87,283.14)$180,432.37
Running totals


Throughout his career, Mulvaney has raised $259,490 from retired contributors, $127,353 from Leadership PACs, and $110,230 from individual Republican donors.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Mulvaney's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,551,075 and $6,142,997. That averages to $3,847,036, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 1.67% from 2010.[27]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Mulvaney's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,514,081 to $6,310,997. That averages to $3,912,539 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[28]

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.[29]


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.[30]

Voting with party


Mick Mulvaney voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 140th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[31]


Mulvaney and his wife Pamela have three children.

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  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. National Journal "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House" Accessed June 10, 2012
  4. Charlotte Business Journal, "Charlotte-area Congressman considers Syrian strike", accessed September 3, 2013
  5. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  8. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  9. Politico "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  10. Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  11. WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. South Carolina official election results for 2008
  15. Follow the Money's report on Mulvaney's 2008 campaign contributions
  16. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mick Mulvaney," Accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Mulvaney 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  18. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  19. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  20. opensecrets.org Accessed May 19, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Mulvaney Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 28, 2013
  22. Campaign contributors to Michael Mulvaney
  23. OpenCongress, "Mick Mulvaney," Accessed August 6, 2013
  24. Gov Track "Mick Mulvaney," Accessed June 24, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Mulvaney," Accessed April 10, 2013
  26. LegiStorm, "John Michael "Mick Mulvaney," Accessed September 18, 2012
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Mulvaney (R-SC), 2011"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "John Michael "Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  29. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  31. 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