Institute of Politics

Mick Mulvaney

Former U.S. Representative from South Carolina and Acting White House Chief of Staff under President Trump

  • Winter-Spring 2024 Pritzker Fellow

  • Seminar Series: An Insider’s Look At Washington & the GOP in the 21st Century


Few people are as familiar with Washington, DC, from the inside, as Mr. Mulvaney. In the last decade he served in more and varied positions than likely any other person. He managed the White House as Chief-of-Staff to the President during both an impeachment and the first days of the Coronavirus pandemic. As the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and a Cabinet Member he oversaw the broadest deregulatory initiative in 40 years and managed the longest government shutdown in history. He also served as Acting Director of one of the most controversial federal regulators, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and was Ambassador and Special Envoy to Northern Ireland during the height of Brexit. Prior to his executive branch service he was elected four times to the United States House of Representatives, where, amongst other things, he co-founded the Freedom Caucus and the Blockchain Caucus. He also served in the SC House and Senate. He is a frequent media commentator both in the US and overseas. He is a political and economic contributor to NewsNation and SkyNews Australia, and writes a regular column for The Hill newspaper. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg and the BBC, as well as CNN, CBS, and FoxBusiness. His work has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USAToday. Prior to public service, he worked in various roles: lawyer, real estate developer, restaurant owner/operator and franchisor, and homebuilder. He is currently the co-Chairman of Actum Strategic Advisers, and serves as an adviser to the Digital Chamber of Commerce and the Swiss technology firm, Astra Protocol, Inc. He is married to Pam. They have 23-year-old triplets, and live in South Carolina.


An Insider’s Look At Washington & the GOP in the 21st Century

Mick Mulvaney has served in probably more and varied positions in the federal government than any other person in the last 20 years. He was a member of the House of Representatives, a cabinet member, the Director of the Office of Management & Budget, the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and spent 15 months as Donald Trump’s third Chief of Staff. He also served as a diplomat in the role of Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Director Mulvaney will give an insider’s tour of Washington and the functions - and dysfunction - of the federal government since the TEA Party wave of 2010 in which he was first elected to Congress. He will touch on everything from government shutdowns and debt ceiling crisis to mutinies against the Speaker of the House and the creation of the Freedom Caucus, which he co-founded. He will walk through battles with Democrats at every level, sparring with the DC press corps, dinner with Kim Jung Un and meetings with Chairman Xi and his front seat during the early days of Covid and the House impeachment of President Trump.

Seminars are off-the-record & open to current UChicago students only.

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