Rep.-elect Markwayne Mullin got a couple of committee assignments that will be good for his district and the state. The Republican from Westville, who will replace Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, in January, will serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which writes highway bills and monitors transportation issues; and the Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over Indian tribal issues and many energy-related issues on public lands. Boren currently serves on Natural Resources.
Here’s a release from Mullin’s office:
Newly elected Congressman Markwayne Mullin was selected by the Republican Steering Committee to serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Both committees have jurisdiction over key areas that are vital to Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District, including funding for roads, bridges and ports, along with being responsible for issues of mineral resources on public lands, and all matters regarding Native Americans and the hundreds of federally recognized tribes.
“I’m honored that the Steering Committee had the confidence in me to select me for membership on these very important committees,” said Mullin. “Both committees are so important to the Second District, whether you’re talking about roads and bridges, or the ports we have, or our Indian tribes and natural resources. Serving on these committees will help me serve the people of my district, and that’s what I’m here for. I’m ready to get to work.”
Mullin has spent two weeks in Washington D.C. since his election, attending official House orientation events, as well as meeting with members of the Steering Committee to discuss potential committee selections.
“When I started thinking about what committees I wanted to serve on, of course, I wanted to be on the committees that mean the most to our district, and these two really fit the bill,” Mullin said. “The Transportation Committee of course is an obvious one for us because we have vital ports, and all of our roads and bridges are critical, so that one is very important. And Natural Resources is a major part of so many things in the Second District like working with the tribes, dealing with water issues, and access to mineral rights. These really are great committees for our district.
“I’m glad to be serving on these committees, but no matter what committees I’m on, my mission in Congress is the same: we need to get spending under control so we can balance the budget and get out of debt.”
Mullin won’t become an official member of either committee until he is sworn in to office in January. In the mean time, Mullin said he will work on getting up to speed on upcoming issues so he can hit the ground running.
“I came up here to work, and that’s what I’ll be doing as long as I’m here,” said Mullin.