By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer
By D.E. Smoot
Phoenix Staff Writer
U.S. Rep.-elect Markwayne Mullin was appointed to serve on two congressional committees he says deal with issues important to the 2nd Congressional District.
Mullin, who will be sworn into office in January, was chosen to serve on the House Committees on Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure. Both committees have jurisdiction over issues of key importance.
“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,” Mullin, a Republican from Westville, said in a media release. “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 since winning the general election against Democrat Rob Wallace of Fort Gibson and Michael G. Fulks, an independent from Heavener. Mullin has attended House orientation events and met the House Republican Steering Committee to discuss committee assignments.
Mullin’s work on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will deal with all modes of transportation and other aspects of the national infrastructure. Some issues committee members will address, among many others, include clean water and waste water management, the economic development of depressed rural and urban areas, and disaster preparedness and response.
The House Committee on Natural Resources deals with legislation that addresses American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation.
Mullin said when he began thinking about committee assignments he looked at those “that mean the most to our district, and these two really fit the bill.” Given the 2nd District’s inland navigation system and ports, its highways and bridges, Mullin said transportation was an “obvious” choice.
Natural resources is another important area, Mullin said, because the committee deals with a lot issues that affect local tribes, water resources and mineral rights. Federal Election Commission records show Mullin’s campaign benefited from backers in the energy sector and from tribal interests.
“I’m glad to be serving on these committees, but no matter what committees I’m on, my mission in Congress is the same,” Mullin said. “We need to get spending under control, so we can balance the budget and get out of debt.”
Mullin is conducting a listening tour this week, visiting with constituents in each of the 26 counties that make up Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. He will make his final stop at 5 p.m. Friday at the Muskogee Public Library.
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