Markwayne Mullin
Markwayne Mullin
Markwayne Mullin official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district

January 3, 2013
Dan Boren
Personal details
Born (1977-07-26) July 26, 1977 (age 40)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christie Mullin
Residence Stilwell, Oklahoma
Alma mater Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, (A.A.S.)
Occupation Politician, plumber, rancher
Website House website

Markwayne Mullin (born July 26, 1977) is an American politician and businessman who has been the United States representative for Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district since 2013. He owns several businesses, which he took over at twenty, when his father became ill. Mullin, a member of the Republican Party, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 elections, succeeding Democratic representative Dan Boren.

Early life and education

Mullin was born on July 26, 1977 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1] He graduated from Stilwell High School in Stilwell, Oklahoma.[2] He attended Missouri Valley College in 1996, but did not graduate.[1] Mullin received an associate in applied sciences degree in construction technology from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, in 2010.[1][3]

Business career

Mullin took over his family's business, Mullin Plumbing, at the age of twenty, when his father fell ill. He also owns Mullin Properties, Mullin Farms and Mullin Services.[4]

He hosted House Talk, a home improvement radio program, on Tulsa station KFAQ and syndicated across Oklahoma.[1][5]

Despite describing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as a "horrible waste of tax dollars", his plumbing business, which he inherited from his father, accepted contracts of approximately $370,000 in government funding from that program.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

Incumbent Democratic U.S. congressman Dan Boren decided to retire in 2012.[7] Mullin declared his candidacy for the 2012 elections to the United States House of Representatives to represent Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district in September 2011. In the six-candidate Republican primary, Mullin ranked first with 42% of the vote, failing to reach the over 50% threshold. State representative George Faught ranked second with 22% of the vote.[8] In the run-off primary election, Mullin defeated Faught 57%-43%.[9][10]

The second has historically been a classic "Yellow Dog" Democratic district. However, it has steadily trended Republican, as Tulsa's suburbs have spilled into the northern portion of the district. For these reasons, Mullin was thought to have a good chance of winning the election. In the general election, Mullin defeated the Democratic candidate, Rob Wallace, a former district attorney, 57%-38%.[11] He became the first Republican to represent the district, since Tom Coburn in 2001,[12] and only the second since 1921.

Miami Tribe revocation

On February 5, 2014, Mullin introduced the bill To revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe (H.R. 4002; 113th Congress), which would accept the request of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to revoke the charter of incorporation issued to that tribe and ratified by its members on June 1, 1940.[13]

2017 town hall comments

In April 2017, Mullin drew criticism when he was recorded during a town hall meeting telling his constituents that it was "bullcrap" that taxpayers pay his salary. He said, "I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go."[14] According to the January 2012 Congressional Research Service, the salary of a U.S. representative is $174,000 per year, and benefits include allowances, cost-of-living adjustments, enrollment in a pension, health benefits, personnel, mail and office expenses, and a travel allowance.[15]

Running for a fourth term

During the 2012 campaign, Mullin promised to serve for only three terms, totaling six years. However, in July 2017, Mullin released an eleven-minute video announcing that he would indeed run for a fourth term, saying he was ill-advised when he made the promise to only serve three terms.[16]

Committee assignments

Source:[17]

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3-0 Clinton Bonds TKO (punches) XFL April 7, 2007 2 1:27 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2-0 Clinton Bonds Submission (armbar) XFL Superbrawl February 3, 2007 2 n/a Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1-0 Bobby Kelley Submission (rear-naked choke) XFL November 11, 2006 1 0:46 Miami, Oklahoma, United States

Personal life

He and his wife, Christie, live in Westville, a few miles from the Arkansas border, and have five children.[1][18] He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, and is one of two Native Americans in the 115th Congress. The other Native American is fellow Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation.[19]

Mullin is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter and is listed in the Sherdog Fight Finder with a 3-0 professional record.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e November 7, 2012 (1977-07-26). "Markwayne Mullin". Roll Call. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "Markwayne Mullin Tapped to Give National Republican Address | .Politics". Blog.newsok.com. 2012-10-16. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ MULLIN, Markwayne, (1977 - ) Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 1774-Present. Retrieved April 13, 2017
  4. ^ "Markwayne Mullin wins District 2 Congressional seat". KJRH 2. Scripps TV Station Group. November 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Mullin Family". Markwayne Mullin for Congress. Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ "Okla. GOP candidate Mullin got $370K in stimulus". Cherokeephoenix.org. 2012-09-13. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Markwayne Mullin makes Congressional bid official". www.krmg.com. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "OK District 2 - R Primary Race - Jun 26, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "OK District 2 - R Runoff Race - Aug 28, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ State Election Results, Runoff, Oklahoma State Elections Board.
  11. ^ "OK - District 02 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Krehbiel, Mark (November 7, 2012). "Republican Markwayne Mullin voted into 2nd District Seat". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2012. 
  13. ^ "H.R. 4002 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ NIKITA VLADIMIROV (13 April 2017). "GOP rep: 'Bullcrap' to say taxpayers pay my salary". The Hill. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ Brudnick, Ida A. (January 4, 2012). "Congressional Salaries and Allowances" (PDF). Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ Krehbiel, Randy. "Markwayne Mullin to seek fourth term, explains why he's breaking three-term campaign pledge". Tulsa World. Tulsa World. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ http://grandlakenews.com/news/article_4950afd8-a1d4-5748-a371-c52039daebd3.html[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ Margot Peppers (August 30, 2013). "Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullin and his wife reunite twins separated at birth by adopting them | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ Aura Bogado on March 1, 2013 - 12:11 PM ET (2013-03-01). "Why Does Congress's Only Cherokee Member Keep Voting Against VAWA?". The Nation. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ Josh Gross (May 2, 2016). "How the Ali Act could upset the power balance between UFC and its stars" The Guardian". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved . 

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