Feb. 17, 2017: U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, South Carolina Republican, was confirmed as the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by the U.S. Senate yesterday, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Mulvaney was confirmed by a 51-49 vote. Mulvaney needed a 51-vote majority to be confirmed. Mulvaney has been the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District since 2011. Mulvaney was previously a Member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing the 16th District, which covers Lancaster and York counties, from 2009 to 2011. Mulvaney was the first Republican to represent South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District since 1883. Mulvaney attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his focus was on anti-trust law. He received his law degree in 1992. From 1992 to 1997, Mulvaney practiced law with the firm James, McElroy and Diehl. Mulvaney later joined his family's homebuilding and real estate business. He participated in the Owners and Presidents Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was a minority shareholder and owner-operator in Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, a privately held regional restaurant chain. Mulvaney was elected to the South Carolina State House of Representatives in 2006.