Rep. Mick Mulvaneydoesn’t want his name on any buildings.

His predecessor’s name is etched onto all sorts of things in this conservative South Carolina district. A water treatment plant in Chesterfield. A bridge in Rock Hill. On a recent visit home, Mulvaney rolled through the gate at Shaw Air Force Base and spotted another. It’s a gleaming, $5 million brick-and-glass structure: The John M. Spratt Education Center.

“I’ve never understood the allure of putting your name on a building that was built with taxpayers’ money,” Mulvaney said.

Mulvaney, 45, came to Washington in 2010 promising to pare spending even if it meant fewer projects and near-term pain for his South Carolina district. “We really believe you can’t spend money you don’t have,” Mulvaney said in his victory speech.

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