10 Things You Didn't Know About Mick Mulvaney

The South Carolina Republican condemned President Obama's budget.


South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney


1. John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney was born on July 21, 1967, in Alexandria, Va., and grew up in Charlotte, N.C. His father was a home builder, and his mother was a teacher.

2. When Mulvaney was 13, he stuffed envelopes for Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign.

3. Mulvaney graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1989. He majored in international economics, commerce, and finance. At Georgetown, future Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was one of his professors, though he has noted "her politics didn't rub off" on him.

4. He earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill in 1992.

5. Mulvaney practiced commercial transaction law at the Charlotte firm James, McElroy & Diehl.

6. He started his own firm in Charlotte in 1997, where he continued to practice commercial transaction law.

7. In 1998, Mulvaney married his wife Pam, who he met in line at a bookstore while he was a law student. They are now the parents of triplets.

8. Mulvaney sold his law practice in 2000 and joined his family's real estate development business.

9. He began his political career in 2006, when he won an open seat in South Carolina's House of Representatives. Two years later, Mulvaney was elected to the state Senate.

10. With Tea Party support, he was elected to Congress in 2010, defeating 14-term Democratic incumbent John Spratt. Mulvaney became the first Republican to represent his district since 1883.