Markwayne Mullin

Markwayne Mullin

OKLAHOMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Congressman Mullin Encourages Public Comments on Proposed EPA Rule

2014/09/24

MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) is encouraging the public to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Waters of the United States” Clean Water Act rule.  The newly proposed rule would redefine navigable waters underneath the Clean Water Act (CWA), potentially changing the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to regulate certain business practices including agriculture. Before any new federal rule or regulation is finalized, a public comment period is made available for citizens to submit comments or opinions. The public comment period for this proposed rule ends on October 20, 2014. “Oklahomans need to be vocal on this new regulatory reach by the EPA, especially our state’s farmers and ranchers,” said Mullin. “This unprecedented power grab attempt could have profound effects on rural America, meaning a large portion of Oklahoma.  We need to come together and make sure that our voice is heard.  The public comment period is a great opportunity to do that. “Those in the Ag community need to give special notice to the CWA section 404 permitting as it relates to the definition of navigable waters.  If the EPA redefines navigable waters to include all tributaries, they could have regulatory power over everything from creeks to ditches.  So if you’re a farmer or rancher with a ditch running through your property, you may be required to apply for a permit to work on your land, even if your operational practices haven’t changed for years.” Mullin added that other industries could be equally affected. “Any business, construction company, or manufacture that operates near a tributary would be under the same regulatory scrutiny as farmers and rancher,” said Mullin. “As a small business owner, I know how these types of regulations can limit production and growth.  Ultimately, the economic success of our local communities could be drastically reduced.” “Above all else, it’s important that Oklahomans get involved.  We’ve passed legislation in the House to fight against this overreach, but public involvement is just as important.  That’s why we want to make sure everyone knows how to submit comments,” ended Mullin. Mullin also encourages constituents with questions about the rule or how to submit comments to contact either the Muskogee office at (918) 687-2533 or the Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2701.  Information is also available at www.mullin.house.gov Mailing address for public comments: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Washington, DC 20460 Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880 Email: ow-docket@epa.gov More information on the comment period is available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/06/24/2014-14674/definition-of-waters-of-the-united-states-under-the-clean-water-act-extension-of-comment-period   ### Read More

Congressman Mullin’s Response to the President’s ISIS Address

2014/09/11

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to the nation on his plan to deal with the growing threat of the terrorist group named the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “The terrorist group ISIS stands as a threat not only to the Middle East but also to western countries, including the United States.  As scene from the brutal murders of our American journalists, there is no question about their determination to destroy our nation and all for which we stand.  A threat such as this will require a united front from our entire country, which means cooperation between the President and Congress. While the President said he intends to work with Congress, we will also need decisive leadership for those words to be fulfilled.  Further, we cannot rush to commit support, equipment or troops to any conflict without clear strategic objectives. Any decision to supply groups with military arms must be carefully evaluated for threat of U.S. weapons ending up in the wrong hands.  As we move forward in developing a cooperative plan to destroy ISIS, my questions and concerns will center on these important points. I now call on the President to work with Congress as he’s committed to do.  The threat of ISIS is real, and we cannot waiver or falter in our mission to protect our country. ### For information contact: Josh Miller | Communications Director, 202-225-2701, josh.miller@mail.house.gov Angie Gallant | District Press Secretary, 918-351-8700, angie.gallant@mail.house.gov Read More

Hearing Held on Congressman Mullin’s Lesser Prairie Chicken Bill

2014/09/10

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on H.R. 4866, The Lesser Prairie Chicken Voluntary Recovery Act, which was introduced by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) earlier this summer.  The bill is designed to address regulatory overreach by the federal government and allow the historic state and private sector conservation efforts of the lesser prairie chicken to go forward without a listing. This legislation is in response to the Fish & Wildlife Service decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, despite widely successful local and state conservation efforts for protection of the species. By effectively reversing the listing for five years, the bill would allow state and private sector conservation activities and the financial resources committed to conservation of this species adequate time to work. “The private sector has done a tremendous job allocating resources to conserve lesser prairie chicken habitat,” said Mullin.  “We should be rewarding these types of actions, but instead, the federal government has essentially punished public-private partnerships to protect stressed species. There’s simply no need to ‘federalize’ protection of every species at the loss of state jurisdiction and the disruption and isolation of local communities.  By moving this legislation forward, we’re setting precedence for future community-based conversation efforts that have the best interest of local habitats as well as economic activities.” See earlier press release on the introduction of H.R. 4866 at http://mullin.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-mullin-introduces-legislation-to-limit-regulatory-overreach ### For information contact: Josh Miller | Communications Director, 202-225-2701, josh.miller@mail.house.gov Angie Gallant | District Press Secretary, 918-351-8700, angie.gallant@mail.house.gov Read More

Congressman Mullin Praises Passage of Bill to Prohibit Regulatory Overreach

2014/09/09

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) praised the House passage of H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, of which he is an original cosponsor.  The bill aims to uphold the federal-state partnership to regulate the Nation’s waters by preserving existing rights and responsibilities with respect to “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Click here to watch The legislation is in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newly proposed rule, which would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The proposed rule would give the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers administrative authority to regulate navigable waters, originally designated as the primary responsibility of state governments.  The rule would also expand the scope of waters covered by the CWA.  Consequently, farmers and ranchers could be required to apply for CWA Section 404 permits in order to use the land on which they are currently operating.  Congressman Mullin, who is also a rancher, has taken particular notice of the permitting restrictions the agencies’ interpretive rule could place on Oklahoma’s agricultural community. “What we’re seeing is an unprecedented land grab attempt by our federal government that has the potential to drastically limit agricultural practices across the country,” said Mullin. “For Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, this could mean they have to request permission or permits to operate the same way they have for years on their own land.  Personally, I’m appalled by the idea, especially since our state government has successfully regulated our waters for decades now.” “By passing this legislation today, we’re standing with rural America and against this government overreach,” ended Mullin. H.R. 5078 passed by a vote of 262-152 and will now be sent to the Senate for approval. ### Read More

Congressman Mullin Announces Veteran Information Days

2014/09/03

MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) has announced that he will be holding four veteran information events this September.  The events, to be held in Pryor and Muskogee on September 23 and Durant and Poteau on September 24, are free and open to all veterans regardless of age or branch of service. “We want our veterans to know about every service that is available to them,” said Mullin. “There are many resources out there and groups that want to help. We are bringing all of those resources together under one roof so veterans can easily learn about the services available to them in their own community and in the area in general.” Congressman Mullin will speak to veterans and their families at beginning of each event, followed by presentations from local VA Medical Center and VA Regional Office representatives as well as several other service organizations.  Afterwards, Mullin’s staff will be available for any veteran or military family that needs assistance from his office. Events will be held at the following locations: Pryor Northeast Technology Center 6196 W. Hwy 20, Pryor, OK September 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Muskogee Indian Capital Technology Center 2404 N. 41 St., Muskogee OK September 23 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Durant Kiamichi Technology Center 810 Walden Rd., Durant Oklahoma September 24 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Poteau Donald W. Reynolds Center 105 Reynold Blvd., Poteau, OK September 24 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Anyone with additional questions can contact Betty Ford (918) 351-4874 or Mary Bower (918) 704-3128. ### Read More

State Senator and Mrs. Wayne Shaw Selected as “Angels in Adoption”

2014/08/11

MUSKOGEE – The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) named State Senator Wayne Shaw and his wife Anna as 2014 “Angels in Adoption.” The Shaws, who live in Grove, were nominated for the award by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) for their many years serving as foster parents to 20 children and for their continued commitment to encourage others to open their hearts and homes to adoption and foster care. According to their website, the “Angels in Adoption” program hopes to bring media attention and raise public awareness about the positive impact adoption and foster care can make in the life of a child. Since the program was established in 1999, almost 2,000 Angels have received the national award.  “For many years, Wayne and Anna Shaw made a significant difference in the lives of the many children whom they fostered,” Mullin said. “And as an Oklahoma State Senator and a pastor, Wayne Shaw continues to encourage people to become foster or adoptive parents.” Mullin said his office was notified by email about the Shaw’s selection for the award. “We are honored to receive this recognition and we hope our story will encourage others to become foster parents,” Wayne Shaw said. “We encourage others to look into becoming foster parents,” said Anna Shaw. “It has been a blessing for us and we know it will be a great blessing for others. It impacted us as a couple and it impacted our children and shaped the way they help others.” The “Angels in Adoption” will be invited to travel to Washington, D.C. to “participate in three days of events all designed to train them in using their personal experience to affect change on behalf of children in need of homes and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issue,” the website states. “As the adoptive father of twin girls, I know the immense blessing that adopted children can bring to a family,” Mullin said. “At the same time, we need more people with good hearts and stable homes to step forward and provide to children in need a shelter from the storms of life. The Shaw’s willingness to open their home and family to 20 children is a powerful example for us all.” ### Read More

Congressman Mullin Announces Constitution Week Essay Forum

2014/08/06

MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) today announced the second annual essay forum focusing on the importance of our U.S. Constitution. During the summer of 1787 delegates met in Philadelphia to draw up our Constitution. Their work created the framework for the balance of power and the protection of individual freedoms. Constitution Week commemorates the formation and signing of our Constitution, which occurred on September 17, 1787. “Last year we had over 300 total entries and received positive feedback from teachers who appreciated another chance to provide their students with an opportunity to practice critical writing skills,” Mullin said. Mullin said information on the essay forum has been mailed to schools throughout the district. Rules and entry forms are also available on his website, www.mullin.house.gov.  “I look forward to reading the thoughtful and well-written responses from the students in the Second District,” Mullin said. “I also hope everyone will take time to read and learn more about our Constitution. As citizens of this great nation, it is our responsibility to be knowledgeable about our rights and understand the role of government in our lives.” The essay forum is open to middle school (6th-8th grade) and senior high (9th-12th grade) students from the Second District. Public, private and homeschool students are invited to submit an essay answering this year’s forum question.  All entries are due by 4:30 p.m. on September 19, 2014. Three winners from both the middle school and high school groups will be selected by an independent panel of judges. Mullin encouraged anyone with questions to contact the Muskogee district office at (918) 687-2533. ### Read More

Mullin’s Statement on Fort Sill Suspended as Housing for Illegal Minors

2014/08/04

MUSKOGEE, OK – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) made the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma would be suspended as a temporary housing facility for illegal immigrant minors. “I am glad to hear that Fort Sill will no longer be used as a temporary holding facility for illegal immigrant children,” said Mullin.  “That being said, it’s concerning that the Administration could easily choose to house these children at Fort Sill again.  It’s simply not designed for this purpose, and we need more certainty that it will remain off limits.” “We must also remember that our borders are still not secure and our current immigration laws are not being enforced. Just last week, the House passed legislation that would give our border patrol agents the resources they need to secure our southern border. If we keep the status quo, there will be little hope to end the current crisis. We need the President and Senate to join us in this sentiment by moving our bill forward.” ### Read More

Mullin Praises Passage of Legislation to Assist Israel

2014/08/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after the House passed House Joint Resolution 76, emergency supplemental funding to Israel for the Iron Dome defense system.  This legislation aims to help the State of Israel defend itself in light of increased terrorist attacks and bring a timely resolution to the current conflict. “Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies, and it’s imperative that we help provide them with the tools to defend themselves,” said Mullin. “The Iron Dome has been proven as an extremely effective air defense system, but in the wake of these ruthless terrorist attacks, Israel is in need of our support.  These emergency funds will ensure that this tried and true defense system will remain operational as our allied nation continues to fight for the security of its people.” ### Read More

Mullin’s Statement on Passage of VA Reform Bill

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted in favor of H.R. 3230, a bill designed to significantly reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 420-5.  The bill aims to correct many of the mismanaged and access to care issues within the VA. “We’ve seen some deeply troubling issues come to light in the last year regarding the way we care for our veterans in this country,” said Mullin. “Standing on the sidelines and doing nothing is not an option, which is why I’m glad the House and Senate were able to come together with a viable solution.  My team and I have been working diligently to improve veterans care in our district, and this legislation will do exactly that.  Additionally, the bill puts in place accountability measures that will help ensure that veterans are receiving timely, quality care.  This legislation doesn’t solve every problem, but it’s sure a step in the right direction.” ### Read More

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Contact Information

1113 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2701
Fax 202-225-3038
mullin.house.gov

Markwayne Mullin was elected to serve the people of Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District in November 2012.

Mullin and his wife Christie had three children, Jim, Andrew and Larra, and then on August 21, 2013 they officially became the proud parents of their adopted twin girls, Lynette and Ivy. They raise their children on the family farm where Mullin grew up in Westville, Oklahoma.

Raised in rural Adair County, he learned the value of hard work and self-discipline. The youngest of seven children, Mullin grew up working on the family farm before the sun was up and well before the school day began. When his studies and athletics were finished each day, Mullin would return home and finish his evening chores.

Mullin graduated from Stilwell High School and went to Missouri Valley College on a wrestling scholarship. Shortly after, his father fell ill and the family’s small plumbing company encountered financial troubles. Mullin then returned home and at the age of 20, he and his wife Christie took over the business. At the time the business had only six employees and was in debt.

Mullin resolved for the sake of his family and for their employees, to make the company solvent and ensure it never again fell into those circumstances. For the next three years, Mullin and his wife Christie worked seven days a week, making the difficult decisions necessary to get the business out of debt.

Mullin ultimately returned to college and graduated from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in 2010. He was honored to have been invited by his alma mater to deliver the keynote address at the OSUIT 2013 Commencement ceremonies in August.

Today, Mullin Plumbing is one of the largest service companies in the region, employing over 120 Oklahomans. It is only one of several successful companies Mullin owns and operates, including Mullin Environmental, Mullin Plumbing West Division, Mullin Services, Mullin Properties and Mullin Plumbing New Construction.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Mullin has been the voice of business owners across America and brings their perspective into the national debate on many issues which directly impact the business community. From immigration and tax reforms to transportation issues and overzealous regulation, Mullin provides the much-needed real world perspective that comes from fighting to successfully run businesses in today’s economic and regulatory environment.

An engaging, energetic and servant-hearted individual, Mullin is not a Washington, D.C. insider. Instead, he’s a hard-working family man who is grounded by a deep faith and his love of country. Mullin holds fast to the values of rural Oklahoma – where deals are still closed with a handshake, where neighbors help one another without a moment’s hesitation and where prayer and worship are still important parts of people’s lives.

Congressman Mullin serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. He was one of only 11 Members chosen to serve on the bipartisan Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, designated by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The panel traveled across the country to examine the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can boost the U.S. economy. The panel will release its findings in late October 2013.

Determined that he would always be accessible and available to the people he represents, Mullin has held three rounds of town hall meetings in each of the 26 counties of the 2nd District so far during his first year in office. He has also held six district-wide telephone town hall meetings. Additionally Mullin has held telephone conference calls with different community groups in the 2nd District, including mayors, county commissioners, chamber of commerce officials, dentists, hospital administrators, pastors and technology centers administrators.

Mullin is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation. When the 113th Congress convened in January 2013, he became only the second Native American in the House.


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OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

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Tom Cole

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