Markwayne Mullin

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Markwayne Mullin
Markwayne Mullin.jpg
U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBrad Carson (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$11.71 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,704,561
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolStilwell High School
Associate'sOklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Bachelor'sMissouri Valley College (attended)
Personal
Date of birthJuly 26, 1977
Place of birthTulsa, Oklahoma
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth(2012) $5,941,015
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Markwayne Mullin campaign logo
Markwayne Mullin (b. July 26, 1977, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oklahoma. Mullin represents Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District and was first elected in 2012.

Mullin won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Darrel Robertson in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[1] Mullin went on to defeat Earl Everett (D) and Jon Douthitt (I) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Mullin is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Mullin is the youngest of seven children and was raised in Westville, Oklahoma. At the age of 20, he took over his father's business. Mullin Plumbing is one of the companies Mullin owns in the state of Oklahoma. Mullin attended Missouri Valley College in 1996 and later earned his associate degree from Oklahoma University Institute of Technology.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Mullin's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2013-Preseent: U.S. Representative from Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District
  • 1996-Present: Owner, Mullin Plumbing
  • 2010: Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, earned A.D.
  • 1996: Attended Missouri Valley College

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Mullin serves on the following committees:[5]

2013-2014

Mullin served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] For more information pertaining to Mullin's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Mullin voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Nay3.pngThe shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Mullin voted against HR 2775.[16]

Mullin donated his pay earned during the shutdown.[17]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[18]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Mullin voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Mullin voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Mullin voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[23] Mullin joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[24][25]

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Mullin won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He defeated Darrel Robertson in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[1] Mullin went on to defeat Earl Everett (D) and Jon Douthitt (I) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarkwayne Mullin Incumbent 70% 110,925
     Democratic Earl Everett 24.6% 38,964
     Independent Jon Douthitt 5.4% 8,518
Total Votes 158,407
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarkwayne Mullin Incumbent 79.7% 26,224
Darrel Robertson 20.3% 6,667
Total Votes 32,891
Source: Results via Associated Press

2012

See also: Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Mullin won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oklahoma's 2nd District. Mullin defeated George Faught, Wayne Pettigrew, Dustin Rowe, Dwayne Thompson and Dakota Wood in the primary on June 26, 2012. He then defeated George Faught in a runoff election on August 28, 2012. He defeated Rob Wallace (D) and Michael Fulks (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][26][27]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rob Wallace 38.3% 96,081
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarkwayne Mullin 57.3% 143,701
     Independent Michael Fulks 4.3% 10,830
Total Votes 250,612
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary Runoff, August 28, 2012

U.S. House Runoff Election, Oklahoma, District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarkwayne Mullin 56.8% 12,059
George Faught 43.2% 9,167
Total Votes 21,226

Media

On June 14, 2012, the Conservative Action Fund - a group dedicated to electing Conservative leaders - began running radio ads supporting Mullin in the GOP primary. CAF Chairman Shaun McCutcheon said, "Markwayne has the conservative values and private sector experience that Washington needs."[28]


On May 24, 2012, Mullin, "In His Own Words."

On May 7, the Mullin campaign released a 30-second ad titled, "Businessman, Family Man, Rancher"

Polls

A Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates poll commissioned by the Mullin campaign showed Mullin leading the GOP field in early June 2012.[29]

Oklahoma's Congressional District 2, 2012
Poll Markwayne Mullin (R) George Faught (R)Wayne Pettigrew (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Roll Call
(June 4-5, 2012)
30%15%7%34%+/-4.9400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign controversy

Mullin came under intense scrutiny concerning his possible ties to a former employee of Mullin Plumbing who was arrested in 2009 and convicted on federal gun charges. The employee, Timothy Lee Saylor, had previously been convicted on several felony charges in California. Mullin has said that Saylor did not face a background check because he came into Mullin Plumbing after the company purchased another firm. The question of Mullin's ties to Saylor came by way of a 2009 affidavit that references a "straw purchase" of a handgun that was in Saylor's possession. At the time, local police did not investigate because they found it reasonable that Mullin did not know Saylor was a convicted felon.[30]

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Mullin attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Mullin is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Mullin raised a total of $1,704,561 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[31]

Markwayne Mullin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Oklahoma, District 2) Won $1,704,561
Grand Total Raised $1,704,561


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Mullin won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Mullin's campaign committee raised a total of $1,271,635 and spent $955,584.[32] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[33]

Cost per vote

Mullin spent $8.61 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 2, 2014 - Markwayne Mullin Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,271,635
Total Spent $955,584
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $0
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $0
Top contributors to Markwayne Mullin's campaign committee
Ameristate Bank$10,400
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Associated Builders & Contractors$10,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000
Chesapeake Energy$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$115,300
Casinos/Gambling$76,850
Commercial Banks$63,224
Leadership PACs$57,139
Real Estate$45,400

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Mullin’s reports.[34]

2012

Mullin won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Mullin's campaign committee raised a total of $1,704,561 and spent $1,681,458.[44]

Cost per vote

Mullin spent $11.71 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Mullin's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,819,030 to $9,063,000. That averages to $5,941,015, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Mullin ranked as the 61st most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2011 and 2012, Mullin's calculated net worth[46] increased by an average of 18 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]


Markwayne Mullin Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$5,018,770
2012$5,941,015
Growth from 2011 to 2012:18%
Average annual growth:18%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Mullin received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Oil & Gas industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[50]

From 2011-2014, 23.72 percent of Mullin's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[51]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Markwayne Mullin Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,647,407
Total Spent $2,326,030
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$178,850
Leadership PACs$154,889
Commercial Banks$127,800
Retired$90,558
Special Trade Contractors$75,976
% total in top industry6.76%
% total in top two industries12.61%
% total in top five industries23.72%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Mullin was a "centrist Republican follower" as of July 2014.[52] This was the same rating Mullin received in June 2013.[53]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[54]

Mullin most often votes with:

Mullin least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Mullin missed 24 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.[55]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Mullin was one of two members of Congress who ranked 33rd in the conservative rankings in 2013.[56]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Mullin voted with the Republican Party 94.5 percent of the time, which ranked 107th among the 233 House Republican members as of July 2014.[57]

2013

According to the website, Mullin has voted with the Republican Party 94.8% of the time. This ranked 181st among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.[58]

Personal

Mullin is married to his high school sweetheart, Christie. They have five children.[59]

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Politico, "2014 Oklahoma House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
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  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
  59. Mullin for Congress, "About Mullin," accessed April 1, 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma District 2
2013–present
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