Russell Thurlow Vought (born March 26, 1976) is an American political aide and government official who is the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to his nomination, Vought served for seven years as the vice president of Heritage Action. 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.
|Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget|
|Assumed office |
January 2, 2019
|Preceded by||Mick Mulvaney|
|Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget|
|Assumed office |
March 14, 2018
|Preceded by||Brian Deese|
|Born||March 26, 1976|
|Education||Wheaton College, Illinois (BA)|
George Washington University (JD)
In 2015, Vought's alma mater, Wheaton College – an evangelical Christian institution – suspended Larycia Hawkins, a tenured professor, because she stated that Muslims worship the same God as Christians. This sparked a debate in the Wheaton community regarding how Christian theology should understand Islam and its relationship to salvation. In January 2016, Vought weighed in on this theological debate in a blog post in which he stated, "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." During the confirmation hearings for Vought's nomination to the Office of Management and Budget, Senator Bernie Sanders questioned him about this statement. Christian organizations denounced Sanders' questioning as a violation of the No Religious Test Clause.
Vought was nominated by President Trump for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget in April 2017. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 28, 2018 in a 50–49 vote. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.
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.
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