At a Glance
- Career History: State Senator (2008-2011); South Carolina House (2006-2008); Franchisee, Salsarita's Fresh Cantina (2009-present); Homebuilder and real-estate developer, (2000-present); Attorney (1992-2000)
- Birthday: July 21, 1967
- Hometown: Alexandria, Va. (born) and raised in Charlotte, N.C.
- Alma Mater: Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1989; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, J.D., 1992; Harvard University, Owner's and Presidents Management Program, 2006
- Spouse: Pamela
- Religion: Catholic
- Committee Prefences: House Budget Committee , House Small Business Committee
Path To Power
Mulvaney was born in 1967 in Alexandria, Va., while his father worked for the National Association for Home Builders. When Mulvaney was a toddler, the family moved to Charlotte, N.C, where his father worked as a homebuilder.
In 1984, Mulvaney stuffed envelopes for President Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign.
Seeking office in a district where party affiliation doesn't go very deep and people are just plain conservative, Mulvaney calls himself a "traditional, Southern conservative." During the 2010 campaign, Mulvaney praised the Tea Party movement for effectively tapping into the needs of conservative voters.
Mulvaney opposes cap-and-trade policies to fight carbon emissions and supports an "all-of-the-above" energy policy that would promote various sources, including nuclear and hydroelectric power.
Among prominent politicians, Mulvaney points to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) as his closest advocate, both during Mulvaney's state legislative races as well as the 2010 House race.