Markwayne Mullin

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Markwayne Mullin
Markwayne Mullin official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by 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 /ˈmɑːr ˈkwn/ (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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

2012 election[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

In April of 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[edit]

During the 2012 campaign, Mullin promised to serve for only three terms, totaling six years. However, in July of 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[edit]

Source:[17]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

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[edit]

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 113th 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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e November 7, 2012 (1977-07-26). "Markwayne Mullin". Roll Call. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  2. ^ "Markwayne Mullin Tapped to Give National Republican Address | .Politics". Blog.newsok.com. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  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 November 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Mullin Family". Markwayne Mullin for Congress. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Okla. GOP candidate Mullin got $370K in stimulus". Cherokeephoenix.org. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  7. ^ "Markwayne Mullin makes Congressional bid official". www.krmg.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  8. ^ "OK District 2 – R Primary Race – Jun 26, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  9. ^ "OK District 2 – R Runoff Race – Aug 28, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  10. ^ State Election Results, Runoff, Oklahoma State Elections Board.
  11. ^ "OK – District 02 Race – Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  12. ^ Krehbiel, Mark (November 7, 2012). "Republican Markwayne Mullin voted into 2nd District Seat". Tulsa World. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "H.R. 4002 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  14. ^ NIKITA VLADIMIROV (13 April 2017). "GOP rep: ‘Bullcrap’ to say taxpayers pay my salary". The Hill. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  15. ^ Brudnick, Ida A. (January 4, 2012). "Congressional Salaries and Allowances" (PDF). Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ Krehbiel, Randy. "Markwayne Mullin to seek fourth term, explains why he's breaking three-term campaign pledge". Tulsa World. Tulsa World. Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  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 2013-08-30. 
  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 2013-08-30. 
  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 2016-05-02. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Boren
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district

2013–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Luke Messer
R-Indiana
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Succeeded by
Beto O'Rourke
D-Texas