Markwayne Mullin

Markwayne Mullin

OKLAHOMA's 2nd DISTRICT

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

Mullin Talks With Second District Residents

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over 7,000 people from across Oklahoma’s Second District participated in a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday afternoon with Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2). During the hour-long call participants from communities like Miami, Grove, Hulbert, Atoka, Pryor and Tupelo asked Mullin questions on a wide variety of issues – everything from illegal immigration and Social Security to events in the Ukraine and the overreach of federal agencies. “The EPA is a non-elected body with a lot of power to make rules and regulations at their whim – some good and some very questionable in my opinion,” said one caller. “Is there anything that can be done to limit their power?” Mullin said Congress has cut the EPA’s budget by 20 percent since 2010 yet the agency continues to raise additional revenue by issuing fines. Originally designed to be a last-option deterrent, Mullin said fines are not supposed to be a source of revenue. “These agencies are running rogue and are not accountable to anyone, and also the President is using them for his agenda,” Mullin said. Mullin explained he is introducing legislation aimed at putting more local control and common sense in the federal regulatory process. Another caller said she wants to see the income tax abolished, instead favoring a spending tax. Mullin said he agrees that the country needs to go to a much simpler tax system. He also said that the IRS has become a troubled agency. “The IRS now has become a political arm and it’s politically driven,” Mullin said. A woman said she helps supply her family with meat by hunting asked about gun control. “It’s getting to where they are going to take away our rights,” she said. Mullin told the woman that new laws only punish law-abiding citizens, but criminals will still be able to get guns and commit crimes. A hunter and sportsman himself, Mullin said more needs to be done to educate people that it is the person, not the weapon that is the problem. Mullin thanked everyone for taking the time to participate in the telephone town hall and to talk about issues important to them. “We’re here to represent our Oklahoma values in Washington, D.C.,” Mullin told the callers. “We’re here to serve you. You gave me that privilege.” ### Read More

Mullin Applauds Committee Passage of Bills to Rein in EPA Authority

2014/07/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, applauded the Committee for approving several bills aimed at reining in the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority, providing regulatory certainty, and maintaining a balanced state-federal regulatory relationship. H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL), would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from broadening the scope of the Clean Water Act and expanding the federal government’s regulatory authority. Click here for more information about H.R. 5078. “Ensuring safe and clean water must always be a priority, but the EPA’s new proposed rule to expand the definition of navigable waters threatens agricultural and business operations in Oklahoma with no added protection to our water,” said Representative Mullin. “In practice, expanding regulations on the nation’s waters would significantly limit the amount of usable land for ranchers and farmers.  As a rancher myself, I know that these types of overreaching federal regulation could put many family farms at risk. “Additionally, it is every bit as important to provide clarity in our regulatory system.  As it stands, this proposed rule is extremely ambiguous, giving our agriculture and business community zero certainty on what will actually be enforced.  By moving this legislation forward, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has taken an important step towards limiting burdensome regs and instilling confidence among our nation’s industries.” The legislation was also praised by Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan. “Oklahoma Farm Bureau greatly appreciates the action taken by the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee to prevent government overreach on regulatory decisions regarding the Clean Water Act and proposed rule by the EPA,” Buchanan said. “H.R. 5078 ensures that Oklahoma farmers and ranchers will be protected from unnecessary and burdensome regulations, while still maintaining the environment.” H.R. 4854, the Regulatory Certainty Act, introduced by Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), defines the exact period of time the Environmental Protection Agency is allowed to restrict or deny a Clean Water Act dredge and fill (wetlands) permit under Section 404(c).  Additionally, it clarifies that the EPA does not have the authority to disapprove or revoke such a permit before the Army Corps of Engineers has completed its review of a permit application or after the Corps of Engineers has issued the permit.  Click here for more information about H.R. 4854. “Here’s just another example of uncertainty created by our regulatory agencies,” said Mullin. “The EPA has time and time again stepped in and revoked Clean Water Act permits to businesses after they had already been approved! This administration seemingly fails to realize that it’s nearly impossible for industries to operate in this sort of regulatory environment. “I am proud to have worked alongside my colleagues to pass The Regulatory Certainty Act of 2014 out of committee. “This bill will help ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency does not overstep its bounds during project permitting processes, and it supports the interests of farmers and manufacturers in Oklahoma and across the country.”  ###   Read More

Maloney and Mullin Announce Bipartisan Bill to Reform Veterans Employment Program

2014/07/10

Washington, D.C.  –  Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02)  announced new bipartisan legislation, the Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act, to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, the key employment program to help assist, train and find jobs for veterans who have compensable service-connected disabilities. Supported by the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and VetsFirst, H.R. 5032 would reduce unemployment among disabled veterans by requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce caseloads, increase enrollment in education programs, and implement a new training program for staff working with wounded warriors. “The sacrifices of our nation’s disabled service members are simply unmatched.  These sacrifices come at an extremely hard price to these individuals, which is why we must do everything we can to ensure the best access to our Veterans' assistance services.  I’m proud to have helped introduce legislation that would make positive reforms to these programs, and help our Wounded Warriors get back into the workforce,” said Representative Markwayne Mullin. “It's unacceptable that the brave men and women who sacrifice so much in service to our country are returning home from battle only to struggle to find a job. We must make these commonsense reforms to the VA’s key employment program to support these wounded warriors and ensure our highly skilled veterans secure employment upon their return to civilian life,” said Representative Sean Patrick Maloney. “The men and women that volunteer to put their lives in harm’s way to protect the freedoms we enjoy deserve the full attention of the VA when returning home. It is our duty to make sure our veterans are provided the education and training needed in gaining quality employment. I am pleased to see this bipartisan legislation come forward,” said Oklahoma State Senator Mark Allen, Vice Chairman of the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. “I applaud Congressman Mullin’s efforts at helping our local Wounded Warriors have better access to job opportunities by improving the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program.  It is important that we find jobs for our brave men and women many of which have lost much protecting our freedoms.  I want to thank the Congressman on his leadership and his efforts to pass this legislation,” said Jeff Harris, local McAlester veteran. “With military careers often cut short by life-altering injuries, it is particularly important that this generation of wounded warriors be afforded the tools, skills, resources, education, and support needed to find their new passion, secure employment, and develop fulfilling careers in ways that matter to them and their families.  But, for a variety of reasons, the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation, and Employment Program, which is designed to give disabled veterans the help they need to gain success in the workforce, is too often failing them.  WWP supports H.R 5032 which would direct VA to develop an action plan aimed at improving the delivery of effective vocational rehabilitation and employment services to wounded warriors – often critical to these warriors achieving economic empowerment, a key to successful transition and productive lives,” said Bonnie Miller of the Wounded Warrior Project. “VA must be more responsive to the vocational rehabilitation needs of veterans living with significant disabilities, including PTSD and TBI. Requiring VA to better address workforce management issues and improve counselor training will lead to better employment outcomes for these veterans,” said Heather Ansley, Vice President VetsFirst. As a recent GAO report identified, it often takes 6 years or more for veterans to achieve success in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program. According the Wounded Warrior Project’s most recent survey, the unemployment rate among wounded service members is 17.8%. ### Read More

Rep. Mullin’s Statement on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Ruling

2014/06/30

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) made the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that under Obamacare for-profit employers can choose not to provide contraception coverage because of religious objections. “As a business owner, I’m personally appalled by this Administration’s attempt to dictate the free will of the private sector,” said Mullin. “I have long been opposed to President Obama’s healthcare law for its economic harm, increased costs, and its inability to address our healthcare challenges. But it’s important that we also remember that this law is attempting to systematically change the way in which the government can intervene in our lives. “Americans hold religious freedom as one of most important founding principles of this nation. We believe that each of us should be able to follow our faith and practice our beliefs without scrutiny or persecution from the government. This law is encroaching upon this freedom and essentially setting new standards for what our government can and cannot mandate. “I applaud the Supreme Court for their careful consideration and for ruling in favor of our nation’s principles.  Blocking this overreach is a win for all Americans.” ### Read More

Rep. Mullin Applauds Passage of Legislation to Lower Gas Prices

2014/06/26

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 229-185 on Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, a bill cosponsored by Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2). This legislation aims to reduce gas prices for Americans by expanding energy production in the United States. “The State of Oklahoma is rich with oil and natural gas, and it’s incredibly important that we take steps to utilize these resources,” said Mullin. “Unfortunately, this Administration’s actions have limited our abilities to access the energy right here in the U.S.  By passing this legislation, the House has taken the initiative to end these economically harmful policies and help everyday Americans by lowering fuel prices.” A provision of the bill would particularly help increase onshore energy production by reforming the leasing process for federal lands. “Much of the oil and gas in our state is trapped in federal lands because of unnecessary administrative barriers and red-tape,” said Mullin.  “If we can eliminate these delays and ensure timely processing for permits, we can then increase domestic fuel production while simultaneously helping create American jobs.  Simply put, this bill will open the path for economic growth. “I’m proud to be a cosponsor of the bill and applaud my colleagues in the House for voting to pass it.” According to the Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 4899 would generate over $1 billion in new revenue over ten years and could create up to 1.2 million jobs long-term. More information on H.R. 4899 can be found at http://naturalresources.house.gov/legislation/hr4899/ ### Read More

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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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