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Oklahoma's Rep.-elect Markwayne Mullin receives committee assignments

New eastern Oklahoma congressman will serve on panels that oversee federal transportation, Native American issues and public lands
by Chris Casteel Published: December 6, 2012

— Rep.-elect Markwayne Mullin landed U.S. House committee spots that could benefit his eastern Oklahoma district.

Mullin, R-Westville, will serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a panel with wide jurisdiction that includes all modes of transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the committee writes legislation allocating federal highway money.

Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, served on the transportation committee for the past two years but will leave the panel in the next Congress.

Mullin, who will take office next month, succeeding retiring Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, also will serve on the Natural Resources Committee, which oversees issues regarding American Indians, national parks and energy exploration and conservation on public lands.

Boren serves on the Natural Resources Committee.

“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 Wednesday.

“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.

“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.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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