The White House Budget Office has a new face. Donald Trump, the President-Elect, has announced that Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina will lead the budget office when he takes office in 2017.
In a statement, Trump said, “We are going to do great things for the American people with Mick Mulvaney leading the Office of Management and Budget. Right now we are nearly $20 trillion in debt, but Mick is a very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our country from drowning in red ink.”
Mulvaney accepted the position in a statement saying, “It is a great honor to be appointed Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Trump administration will restore budgetary and fiscal sanity back in Washington after eight years of an out-of-control, tax and spend financial agenda, and will work with Congress to create policies that will be friendly to American workers and businesses.”
Mick Mulvaney has been serving as House Representative for South Carolina’s 5th District since 2010. Mulvaney is also one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus. He is considered to be a strong fiscal conservative.
Mulvaney attended Georgetown University and has a degree in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance. He attended University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for law school. After, he moved to Harvard Business School’s OPM Program to round out his education.
After law school, Mulvaney opened his own law firm. Later in life, he ran a family real estate business, and then he started a small home building company. He has also been a minority shareholder in a restaurant franchise company. Mulvaney owned and operated his own restaurant at one point. On his issues page he says he is “committed to taking the necessary steps to get our financial house in order.”
Currently in the House, he serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
He and his wife Pam married in 1998 and are the parents of triplets.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is also happy with the appointment of Mulvaney, releasing his own statement that read:
“Mick Mulvaney is the absolute right choice. In Congress, he has been a conservative reformer from day one, proposing solutions to fix the budget process and our regulatory system. At OMB, he will lead the work he has started to improve the way government does the people’s business. Mick is someone I have come to greatly respect and rely on, going back to our time serving together on the Budget Committee. I look forward to working with Mick in his new role, and I commend President-elect Trump on this excellent selection.”
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