Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, his wife adopt twins

After resisting his wife's pleas to add two girls to the three young children already at home, Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin is joyful about adoptions that became final on Aug. 21.
by Chris Casteel Published: August 28, 2013
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— Rep. Markwayne Mullin knew it was coming and he had his speech ready.

So when his wife, Christie, suggested they adopt twin girls who had lived in separate homes since they were infants, he let her have it.

“I said, ‘No babe, don't even go there.'

“I said, ‘Look, do you remember I'm in D.C. all the time now, do you remember that you're raising three kids by yourself, do you remember you just recently had to pull your first calf? You remember you're taking care of the farm now? Do you remember how much more responsibilities you have with the business now? Do you remember all these different responsibilities?'”

He would write a check, he said, since “it's easier sometimes to give money than it is to give time.”

When she tried again soon after, he gave the speech again, but she played what Mullin called her trump card.

“Would you pray about it?” she asked him.

“How do you pray about that?” Mullin asked the people who attended his town hall meeting in Henryetta a week ago. “I mean, really.

“‘Hey Lord, would you please, please make her heart as selfish as mine?'

“No. You pray, ‘God, change me. Change my heart' ... And man did He ever.”

On Aug. 21, a judge approved the adoption of Ivy and Lynette Mullin, who are now 2, “and man, what a great day it was,” Mullin said.

Mullin, a freshman Republican representing a largely rural district in eastern Oklahoma, said in an interview Wednesday that the girls had been living with distant relatives of his wife.

The girls had been born into “kind of a bad situation” and the women had agreed to raise them, though neither was up to taking both. The twins were separated when they were 3 months old, Mullin said.

“They were very loving homes,” he said.

Christie Mullin told her husband that the relatives — a great-aunt and a great-grandmother — hoped they would live long enough to see the girls graduate. Mullin said he knew when his wife told him that, “she was setting me up for something.”

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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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