Mulvaney jokes about running for Speaker: 'I don't think you have to be a member'

White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyMulvaney told Trump officials their 'highest priority' will be deregulation: Axios High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Trump declares national emergency at border MORE joked on Wednesday about a possible run for Speaker of the House, pointing out that "you don't have to be a member" of the lower chamber to seek the job.

Asked by Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) in a House Financial Services Committee hearing whether he could seek the post, Mulvaney said: "You know, it's interesting, because I don't think you have to be a member."

"I've got two jobs. That's enough for me," Mulvaney added. "I'm happy with the two I've got."


In addition to serving as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, is currently serving as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Mulvaney's exchange with Capuano came hours after Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE (R-Wis.) announced that he will not seek reelection in November. 

The Constitution does not require the Speaker to be an elected member of the House. The job is second in line to the presidency, behind the vice president.