Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre
Mick Mulvaney is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre.
With more than a decade of government service, Mulvaney has been at the forefront of US economic policymaking and politics at the highest levels. Most recently, he was President Trump’s White House Chief of Staff for more than a year – advising the president on politics and policy decisions, and meeting with world leaders from Queen Elizabeth to Kim Jong Un.
Mulvaney also served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, devising, managing and executing the president’s budget, management, and regulatory objectives across the Executive Branch. For part of his tenure at the OMB, he additionally ran the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he got a first-hand look at one of the most powerful, and controversial, federal regulators. After the White House, Mulvaney served as United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, where he focused on both the region’s economic opportunities and challenges from its troubled legacy.
Prior to his work in the Trump Cabinet, Mulvaney served in the United States House of Representatives, serving South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. When elected in 2010 he became the first Republican in that seat for almost 130 years. He served three succeeding terms until his resignation to join the Trump administration in February 2017. While in Congress, Mulvaney served on the Financial Services, Small Business, Oversight/Government Reform, Budget, and Joint Economic Committees. With his colleagues Ron DeSantis, Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, he was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus. He also started both the Blockchain and Bitcoin Caucuses.
Mulvaney began his political career in the South Carolina General Assembly, first in the State House of Representatives and then the State Senate. While in the State Senate, Mulvaney served on the Judiciary, Labor/Commerce/Industry, Medical Affairs, Agriculture/Natural Resources, and Corrections Committees. In 2010, he was named Legislator of the Year for his work in support of the state’s Emergency Medical Services. His private sector experience includes law, real estate development, homebuilding, franchising, and restaurants.