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Mick Mulvaney reportedly eyeing new job far away from the White House

Mick Mulvaney is the most overly employed person in Washington, and it looks like he wants that to change.

Mulvaney is the acting White House chief of staff, stepping in after John Kelly left the Trump administration last month. Late last year, while holding down two jobs — he was leading the Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — Mulvaney approached a senior official at the University of South Carolina and asked about becoming the school's president, four people familiar with the matter told The New York Times.

The current president will be leaving in the summer, and Mulvaney — a former Tea Party conservative congressman from South Carolina — is very interested in returning to his home state, a person close to him said. A spokesman for the university told the Times that the search for a new president is still in its very early stages, while White House spokesman Hogan Gidley declared that Mulvaney is loving life and doesn't want to leave Trump. "Mick Mulvaney is focused on faithfully executing the job the president has asked him to do, and as such he is not interested in any other positions," he said.