UNION — U.S. Fifth District Rep. Mick Mulvaney will introduce himself to the people of Union County when he hosts a “Meet the Candidate” town hall meeting Tuesday at the Clemson Extension/4-H office.
In announcing the event, the “Mulvaney for Congress” campaign stated that Mulvaney will host town hall meetings in Union and Chesnee “to reach out to new constituents of the Fifth Congressional District. The Fifth District now represents Union County and a portion of Spartanburg County. Congressman Mulvaney is looking forward to meeting folks who may not know him, hear concerns, and take questions.”
Due to population growth, South Carolina has gained a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, increasing its House delegation from six to seven members.
The subsequent redistricting process that created South Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District shifted the boundaries of its other congressional districts, moving Union County out of the Fourth Congressional District and into the Fifth Congressional District. While the Fifth District gained Union County and part of Spartanburg County, it is now composed of all or part of 10 counties instead of 12 prior to redistricting.
In addition to Union County and part of Spartanburg County, the Fifth District now includes all of York, Lancaster, Fairfield, Lee and Kershaw counties, half of Newberry County, and the majority of Sumter County.
Tuesday’s meeting will be Mulvaney’s second visit to Union County since it became part of the Fifth District.
Mulvaney visited Union County on Sept. 7, touring the ESAB and Gestamp manufacturing facilities and Union County High School. The visit was suggested by Fourth District Rep. Trey Gowdey as an opportunity for Mulvaney to meet the county leadership and begin learning about the community, its needs and its potential.
The Clemson Extension/4-H office is located 120 Kirby St., Union. The town hall meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Biographical information provided by his campaign states that Mulvaney, a resident of Indian Land in Lancaster County, is a graduate of Charlotte Catholic High School. He attended Georgetown University where he majored in International Economics, Commerce and Finance. At Georgetown he was an Honors Scholar, the highest level of academic achievement awarded to member of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. After graduating with honors from Georgetown, Mulvaney attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel on a full scholarship, focusing on anti-trust law.
From 1992 until early 1997, Mulvaney practiced law with James, McElroy & Diehl in Charlotte, N.C. In 1997, Mulvaney started his own practice, but sold it in 2000 when he quit the practice of law to join his family’s home building and real estate business to spend more time with his wife and their three children.
Mulvaney participated in the Owner’s and Presidents Management Program at Harvard Business School, completing the program in 2006.
With the slump in real estate, Mulvaney became owner/operator with Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, a privately held regional restaurant chain, in 2009. He had previously been a minority shareholder in the company.
Mulvaney’s political career got under way in 2006 when he was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives, becoming the first Republican elected to that seat. An unexpected retirement in 2008 left a vacant seat in the S.C. Senate which will Mulvaney successful ran for.
As a member of the State Senate, Mulvaney served on the Judiciary, Labor/Commerce/Industry, Medical Affairs, Agriculture/Natural Resources, and Corrections Committee. He was named Freshman Legislator of the Year in 2006 by the Palmetto Family Council for his work on the South Carolina ultrasound bill. In 2010 he was named Legislator of the Year for his work in support of the State’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Mulvaney was elected to the Fifth Congressional seat in 2010, defeating 28-year incumbent Democrat John Spratt. He has served on the House Small Business Committee, the House Budget Committee, and the Joint-Economic Committee and co-authored “Cut, Cap, and Balance”as an alternative to raising the debt ceiling in August 2011.
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