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Markwayne Mullin (born July 26, 1977) is an American politician, businessman, and former professional mixed martial arts fighter who has been the United States representative for Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district since 2013. Mullin is a member of the Cherokee Nation and one of four Native American members of the 116th Congress.[2] He owns several businesses, which he took over at twenty, when his father became ill. Mullin was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 elections as Republican, succeeding Democratic representative Dan Boren.

Markwayne Mullin
Markwayne Mullin official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byDan Boren
Personal details
Mark Wayne Mullin[1]

(1977-07-26) July 26, 1977 (age 42)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christie Mullin
EducationMissouri Valley College
Oklahoma State University (AA)
WebsiteHouse website

Early life and educationEdit

Mullin was born on July 26, 1977 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[3] He graduated from Stilwell High School in Stilwell, Oklahoma.[4] He attended Missouri Valley College in 1996, but did not graduate.[3] In 2010, Mullin received an associate in applied sciences degree in construction technology from Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.[3][5]

Business careerEdit

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.[6]

He hosted House Talk, a home improvement radio program, on Tulsa station KFAQ and syndicated across Oklahoma.[3][7]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

2012 electionEdit

In June 2011, incumbent Democratic U.S. congressman Dan Boren announced that he would to retire at the end of 2012.[8] 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.[9] Mullin branded himself as an outsider; his campaign slogan was "A rancher. A businessman. Not a politician!"[10]

In the six-candidate Republican primary, Mullin finished first with 42% of the vote; state representative George Faught ranked second with 22% of the vote.[11] In the run-off primary election, Mullin defeated Faught 57%–43%.[12][13]

The 2nd District 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%.[14] He became the first Republican to represent the district since Tom Coburn in 2001,[15] and only the second since 1921.

Miami Tribe revocationEdit

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.[16]

2016 electionEdit

In the June 2016 Republican primary, Mullin defeated Jarrin Jackson by 27 percentage points. In the November general election, he defeated Democrat Joshua Harris-Till by 67 percentage points.[17]

2017 town hall commentsEdit

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."[18] 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.[19]

Fourth termEdit

When he first ran for Congress in 2012, Mullin promised to serve for only three terms (six years). However, in July 2017, Mullin released an eleven-minute video announcing that he would indeed run for a fourth term in 2018, saying he was ill-advised when he made the promise to only serve three terms.[20]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

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

Mullin and his wife, Christie, live in Westville, a few miles from the Arkansas border, and have five children.[3][23] He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, and is one of four Native Americans in the 116th Congress. The others are fellow Oklahoma Republican Tom Cole, a Chickasaw,[24] and Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas, a Ho-Chunk, and Deb Haaland of New Mexico, a Laguna Pueblo.[25]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Oklahoma State Vital Records Index
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d e November 7, 2012 (1977-07-26). "Markwayne Mullin". Roll Call. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  4. ^ "Markwayne Mullin Tapped to Give National Republican Address | .Politics". 2012-10-16. Archived from the original on 2012-12-16. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  5. ^ MULLIN, Markwayne, (1977 - ) Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 1774-Present. Retrieved April 13, 2017
  6. ^ "Markwayne Mullin wins District 2 Congressional seat". KJRH 2. Scripps TV Station Group. November 7, 2012. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Meet the Mullin Family". Markwayne Mullin for Congress. Archived from the original on June 14, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  8. ^ Casteel, Chris (2011-06-07). "Oklahoma's U.S. Rep. Dan Boren won't seek re-election in 2012". News OK. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  9. ^ "Markwayne Mullin makes Congressional bid official". Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  10. ^ Archive of Mullin's campaign site from 2012
  11. ^ "OK District 2 – R Primary Race – Jun 26, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  12. ^ "OK District 2 – R Runoff Race – Aug 28, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  13. ^ State Election Results, Runoff, Oklahoma State Elections Board.
  14. ^ "OK – District 02 Race – Nov 06, 2012". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  15. ^ Krehbiel, Mark (November 7, 2012). "Republican Markwayne Mullin voted into 2nd District Seat". Tulsa World. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "H.R. 4002 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  17. ^ Wingerter, Justin (2017-07-08). "Coburn will work to oust Mullin after congressman breaks term limit pledge". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  18. ^ NIKITA VLADIMIROV (13 April 2017). "GOP rep: 'Bullcrap' to say taxpayers pay my salary". The Hill. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  19. ^ Brudnick, Ida A. (January 4, 2012). "Congressional Salaries and Allowances" (PDF). Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  23. ^ Margot Peppers (August 30, 2013). "Oklahoma congressman Markwayne Mullin and his wife reunite twins separated at birth by adopting them | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ Olmstead, Molly. "Sharice Davids, Deb Haaland Become First Native American Women Elected to Congress". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-07.

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