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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The Mullins had the twins over for Christmas “and I saw the twinkle in her eye and said, ‘Aw crap,'” the congressman said.

The “beautiful little blonde girls” charmed him.

“They've got the sweetest disposition,” he said Wednesday. “If you talk to anybody, they say twins need to be together. The bond between them is just amazing. They can have a conversation with each other for hours and nobody else can understand it.”

He said his family was fortunate to find out early about the girls' situation.

“I think families should take care of families, and we live it every day in Oklahoma,” he said.

A blessing

The Mullins had three children — Jim, 9, Andrew, 8, and Larra, 5 — before they adopted the twins. Like Mullin, the twins are Cherokee.

Mullin, 36, owns a large plumbing company that operates primarily in eastern Oklahoma, along with a few other companies and his farm. He won his first race for political office last year, capturing a district that, in its current configuration, had never been held by a Republican.

Mullin told a detailed story at an Aug. 23 town hall meeting in Henryetta about his wife's determination to adopt the girls.

“People say, ‘Man, you're going to be such a blessing to those girls,'” Mullin told those gathered in Henryetta. “And I'm going to tell you right now — if you're someone who's thinking about adoption — you're going to be blessed more by them than you will ever be a blessing to them.

“They have blessed our family so much ... They never had a mommy and daddy they got to call mommy and daddy. To see the way my kids have took on to them. My two boys won't set 'em down. My little girl is such a proud big sister.”


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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