U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) – one of only eight degreed economists in the U.S. Congress – is among the favorites to become the next leader of the U.S. House’s “conservative caucus.”

We’re referring to the Republican Study Committee, a 175-member group that according to its website is “dedicated to a limited and Constitutional role for the federal government, a strong national defense, the protection of individual and property rights, and the preservation of traditional family values.”

Mulvaney and U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana are vying for the post.

“It’s too early to start organizing. It’s just not appropriate to start doing that yet,” Mulvaney told  National Journal. “But all the guys know.”

Described by the publication as having a “sharp tongue and quick wit,” Mulvaney ousted longtime U.S. budget committee chairman John Spratt in 2010 to claim what had been a traditionally Democratic seat.

Since then he has simultaneously secured his district while winning high marks from pro-free market, pro-freedom voters for his consistent record of taxpayer protection and liberty preservation. Mulvaney has also taken principled stands against powerful special interests in his home state – most notably his vote against a crony capitalist federal loan program for aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

“He commands respect,” one special interest lobbyist who has frequently opposed Mulvaney told FITS. “Agree with him or not, he commands respect.”

Meanwhile a South Carolina business leader who recently heard Mulvaney speak referred to him as “uncompromisingly brilliant.”

“You get a lot of people who are one or the other – either smart or principled – but he’s got both clubs in his bag,” the business leader told us.

According to National Journal, Mulvaney would bring an “independent voice” to the Republican Study Committee.

“It’s going to be the RSC that defines what ‘conservative’ means in this town,” Mulvaney told the paper. “Nobody else.”

Interesting …

This website has long touted Mulvaney as a consistent voice (and vote) on fiscal issues. If he can obtain a leadership position in Washington, D.C., more power to him – and hopefully more power to taxpayers struggling to survive in the “New Normal.”