|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Dan Boren|
July 26, 1977 |
|Website||Representative Markwayne Mullin|
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, including Mullin Plumbing, which he took over from his father when he was 20 years old. Mullin, a member of the Republican Party, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 elections, succeeding Dan Boren.
Early life, education, and business career
Mullin took over the family business, Mullin Plumbing, from his father at age 20, when his father fell ill. When Mullin took over the business, they had six employees and had over $500,000 in debt. He expanded the company into a statewide business with more than 100 workers. Mullin owns several other businesses, including Mullin Properties, Mullin Farms, and Mullin Services. Mullin received his Associate in Applied Science in construction technology from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in 2010. He hosted House Talk, a home improvement radio program based in Tulsa station KFAQ and syndicated across Oklahoma.
Despite his vocal opposition to the "physically fit" receiving government assistance, and description of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as a “horrible waste of tax dollars”, Mullin's plumbing business took approximately $370,000 of government funds from that program.
U.S. House of Representatives
Incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Dan Boren decided to retire in 2012. 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 50% threshold. State Representative George Faught ranked second with 22% of the vote. In the run-off primary election, Mullin defeated Faught 57%-43%.
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. Additionally, it has always had a strong social conservative tint. For these reasons, Mullin was thought to have a good chance of winning the election. In the general election, Mullin defeated Democrat Rob Wallace, a former District Attorney, 57%-38%. He became the first Republican to represent the district since Tom Coburn in 2001, and only the second since 1921.
Mullin has vowed to serve no more than six years (three terms) in Congress. He does not consider himself a traditional politician; his campaign slogan was "A rancher. A businessman. Not a politician!"
On January 20, 2013, the CNN Politics Political Ticker stated that death threats have been made, of some type, for as yet unspecified motives, against Mullin and his family. Law enforcement authorities reportedly considered the threats serious enough due to their nature to take precautions to ensure his and his family's safety. The FBI, local law enforcement, and the U.S. Capitol Police are investigating.
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Mullin is Pentecostal. He and his wife, Christie, live in Westville, a few miles from the Arkansas border, and have five children. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, and is one of two Native Americans in the 113th Congress. The other Native American is fellow Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation.
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- "Meet the Mullin Family". Markwayne Mullin for Congress. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- "Markwayne Mullin makes Congressional bid official". www.krmg.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- "OK District 2 - R Primary Race - Jun 26, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- "OK District 2 - R Runoff Race - Aug 28, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- State Election Results, Runoff, Oklahoma State Elections Board.
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- Krehbiel, Mark (November 7, 2012). "Republican Markwayne Mullin voted into 2nd District Seat". Tulsa World. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
- "Freshman congressman receives death threats – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs". Politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com. 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- Margot Peppers. "Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullin and his wife reunite twins separated at birth by adopting them | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- 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 2013-08-30.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district
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