Russell Vought

Russell Thurlow Vought (born March 26, 1976) is an American government official who has served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget since July 2020. He was previously Deputy Director of the OMB from 2018 to 2020 and Acting Director from 2019 to 2020.

Russ Vought
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42nd Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Assumed office
July 22, 2020
Acting: January 2, 2019 – July 22, 2020[a]
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyDerek Kan
Preceded byMick Mulvaney
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
March 14, 2018 – July 22, 2020
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byBrian Deese
Succeeded byDerek Kan
Personal details
Born (1976-03-26) March 26, 1976 (age 44)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary
Children2
EducationWheaton College, Illinois (BA)
George Washington University (JD)

EducationEdit

Vought earned his Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College and his Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School.

CareerEdit

 
Russell Vought being sworn in as Director, in July 2020

Vought served for seven years as the vice president of Heritage Action.[1][2] He has also served as the executive director and budget director of the Republican Study Committee, as the policy director for the Republican Conference of the United States House of Representatives, and as a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm.[3][4]

Office of Management and BudgetEdit

In April 2017, President Trump nominated Vought to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 28, 2018, in a 50–49 vote. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.[5]

During the confirmation hearings for Vought's nomination to the Office of Management and Budget, Senator Bernie Sanders questioned Vought about a statement that "Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.""[6][7] The Atlantic magazine and various Christian organizations denounced Sanders' questioning as a violation of the No Religious Test Clause.[7][8]

Vought defied subpoenas to testify before Congress in relation to the Trump-Ukraine scandal, in particular the role that Vought may have played in holding up security aid to Ukraine.[9][10]

On January 2, 2019, when Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney became Acting White House Chief of Staff, Vought became the acting OMB director, though Mulvaney continued to hold the director position.[11][12]

On March 18, 2020, President Trump announced his intent to nominate him to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[13] Vought was confirmed by the Senate on July 20, 2020, by a vote of 51–45;[14] he was sworn in two days later.[15]

In May 2020, Vought broke the OMB's long-standing practice of publishing updated economic forecasts.[10] He cited disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.[10]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Vought was Acting Director from January 2, 2019 to March 31, 2020, during Mulvaney's term as Acting White House Chief of Staff; Vought continued in that position until being sworn in on July 22, 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Heritage Action Congratulates Heritage Action Alum Russell Vought on…". Heritage Action For America. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  2. ^ Edwards, Jane (April 10, 2017). "Russell Vought to Be Nominated OMB Deputy Chief". ExecutiveGov. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  3. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. April 7, 2017. Archived from the original on April 8, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Graff, Garrett (August 13, 2008). "The Insider: Russell Vought". Washingtonian. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/mike-pence-breaks-another-tie-senate-vote Roll Call. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Wheaton College and the Preservation of Theological Clarity". The Resurgent. January 17, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Camila Domonoske (June 9, 2017). "Is It Hateful To Believe In Hell? Bernie Sanders' Questions Prompt Backlash". NPR. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Green, Emma (June 8, 2017). "Bernie Sanders's Religious Test for Christians in Public Office". The Atlantic. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  9. ^ Emma, Caitlin. "Senate confirms Russ Vought to be White House budget chief". POLITICO. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Kiernan, Paul (July 20, 2020). "Senate Confirms Russell Vought as Head of White House Budget Office". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Wilhelm, Colin (December 14, 2018). "Former Heritage Action executive Russell Vought to act as Trump administration budget chief". Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  12. ^ Lemire, Jonathan; Colvin, Jill; Lucey, Catherine (December 15, 2018). "Budget Head Mulvaney Picked as Trump's Acting Chief of Staff". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts". The White House. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Kiernan, Paul (July 20, 2020). "Senate Confirms Russell Vought as Head of White House Budget Office". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  15. ^ Russell Vought [@RussVought45] (July 23, 2020). "Being sworn in as OMB Director by @realDonaldTrump & @VP was a moment I'll never forget. It's the honor of a lifetime to serve this great country & the American people under their leadership. I also want to thank my family for being at my side & their unwavering love & support" (Tweet). Archived from the original on July 24, 2020 – via Twitter.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Deese
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
2018–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mick Mulvaney
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
2019–present
Acting: 2019–2020