Markwayne Mullin

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Markwayne Mullin
Markwayne Mullin, 117th Congress portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byDan Boren
Personal details
Born
Mark Wayne Mullin

(1977-07-26) July 26, 1977 (age 45)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
Cherokee Nation
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
Christie Rowan
(m. 1997)
Children6
EducationOklahoma State University Institute of Technology (AAS)
WebsiteHouse website

Mark Wayne "Markwayne" Mullin (born July 26, 1977) is an American politician, businessman, and former professional mixed martial arts fighter serving as the U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. Mullin's district covers about a quarter of Eastern Oklahoma. He is the Republican nominee in the 2022 United States Senate special election in Oklahoma.

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] In 2010, Mullin received an associate degree in construction technology from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.[1][3]

Career[edit]

Mullin took over his father's business, Mullin Plumbing, at age 20, 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 syndicated across Oklahoma, on Tulsa station KFAQ.[5][better source needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), along with two of the other (at the time four) Native American Members of Congress, Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Sharice Davids (D-KS), testified in front of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measurers, March 4, 2020

Elections[edit]

2012[edit]

In June 2011, incumbent Democratic U.S. Congressman Dan Boren announced that he would retire at the end of 2012.[6] In September 2011, Mullin declared his candidacy for the 2012 elections to the United States House of Representatives to represent Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district.[7] Mullin branded himself as an outsider; his campaign slogan was "A rancher. A businessman. Not a politician!"[8][better source needed] In the six-candidate Republican primary, Mullin finished first with 42% of the vote; state representative George Faught ranked second with 23% of the vote.[9] In the primary runoff election, Mullin defeated Faught, 57%–43%.[10]

Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district had historically been a "Yellow Dog" Democratic district, but had steadily trended Republican as Tulsa's suburbs spilled into its northern portion.[citation needed] For this reason, Mullin was thought to have a good chance of winning the election.[citation needed] He defeated the Democratic nominee, former district attorney Rob Wallace, 57%–38%.[11] Mullin was the first Republican to represent the district since Tom Coburn in 2001.[12]

2016[edit]

In the June 2016 Republican primary, Mullin defeated Jarrin Jackson by 27 percentage points.[13] In the November general election, he defeated Democrat Joshua Harris-Till by 47 percentage points.[14]

2018[edit]

When he first ran for Congress in 2012, Mullin promised to serve only three terms (six years), but in July 2017 he released a video announcing that he would run for a fourth term in 2018, saying he was ill-advised when he made the promise to only serve three terms.[15] After he reneged on this promise, former U.S senator Tom Coburn said he would work to oust Mullin from office.[13] Mullin won a four-way Republican primary with 54% of the vote, and was reelected in November with 65% of the vote.[16][17]

2020[edit]

In 2020, Mullin won the Republican primary with 79.9% of the vote, and was reelected in November with 75% of the vote.[18][19]

Tenure[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 Miami Tribe of Oklahoma's request to revoke the charter of incorporation issued to it and ratified by its members on June 1, 1940.[20]

In 2015, Mullin condemned the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violated the constitution.[21]

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."[22] As of 2022, Mullin still collects the U.S. Congress base salary of $174,000.[23]

In 2021, Mullin was one of 29 Republicans to vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.[24] This bill expanded legal protections for transgender people, and contained provisions allowing transgender women to use women's shelters and serve time in prisons matching their gender identity.[25]

Along with all other Senate and House Republicans, Mullin voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[26] In August 2022, he came out against President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan, but subsequently received criticism after the White House Twitter account pointed out that Mullin had benefitted from $1.4 million of federal PPP loan forgiveness.[27][28][29][30][31][32] Mullin also voted against the TRUTH Act (H.R. 6782), a bill that would have required public disclosure of companies that received funds through the bailout program.[33][34]

January 6 Capitol attack[edit]

During the January 6 United States Capitol attack, Mullin and Representatives Troy Nehls (a former Sheriff and Army veteran) and Pat Fallon (an Air Force veteran) helped U.S. Capitol Police build barricades and protect the doors to the House chamber from the rioters. He and many of his colleagues were later ushered to a secure location, where he declined offers to wear a mask, in violation of House rules.[35][36] Mullin said that he witnessed the shooting of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt during the attack, which occurred after she climbed through a barricade leading towards the House Chamber; Mullin's opinion was that the Capitol police officer "didn't have a choice" but to shoot, and that this action "saved people's lives", with members of Congress and their staff "in danger" from the "mob".[37][38][39]

August 2021 Afghanistan visit[edit]

On August 30, 2021, during the final days of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Mullin asked officials of the U.S. embassy in Tajikistan for assistance in going to Afghanistan to retrieve five American citizens. Because the plan involved violations of Tajikistan currency restrictions, the embassy staffers refused. The U.S. State Department had warned Mullin not to try his own rescue of Americans in Afghanistan, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy had both urged members of Congress to avoid travel to Afghanistan during the final days of the U.S. military presence.[40]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

2020 presidential election results[edit]

In December 2020, Mullin was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump.[43] The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[44][45][46]

When campaigning for the 2022 United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, Mullin supported the claim the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.[47]

Abortion[edit]

Mullin supports making abortion illegal in all circumstances, even in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is at risk.[48] He said that if his wife's life was at risk, he would oppose her getting an abortion.[48]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
3 matches 3 wins 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 2 0

[49]

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]

Mullin and his wife, Christie, live in Westville, a few miles from the Arkansas border, and have six children.[1] He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.[50] Mullin is one of five Native Americans serving in the 117th Congress. The others are Tom Cole (Chickasaw Nation),[51] Yvette Herrell (Cherokee Nation),[52] Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation), and Yup'ik Native Mary Peltola.

References[edit]

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  36. ^ Beavers, Olivia (January 21, 2021). "How lawmakers trapped in the House stood their ground". POLITICO. Retrieved February 1, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  37. ^ Cathey, Libby; Thorbecke, Catherine; Winsor, Morgan; Sanchez, Rosa (January 7, 2021). "Congressman recalls moment woman was shot inside Capitol building". ABC News. Archived from the original on January 7, 2021. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  38. ^ Melendez, Pilar; Bredderman, William; Montgomery, Blake (January 8, 2021). "'Didn't Have a Choice': Vet Was Climbing Through Broken Window When She Was Shot Dead". The Daily Beast. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
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  52. ^ New Mexico becomes first state to elect all women of color to the House of Representatives

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