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March 24, 2014

Markwayne Mullin, Citizen Legislator

CLAREMORE —

When our nation’s Founding Fathers deliberated the governmental structure for this great nation, they clearly intended to populate Congress with citizen legislators. James Madison described the ideal representative as one “called for the most part from pursuits of a private nature and continued in appointment for a short period of office.”
The Founders could not have anticipated the completely different  political climate of our generation in which career politicians are more the rule than the exception.  Serving decades in Washington, away from home was unrealistic because representatives would have drawn a “modest” salary. 
U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin is a welcome throwback to the days of citizen legislators. He has been successful in business and overwhelmingly elected to serve his home region in Washington. He makes no bones about the fact that he has no plans to stay there forever. The fact that his business is a plumbing company makes him even more valuable as a congressman, because his is a rare blend of white collar and blue collar experience.
By all measures, he is doing a fantastic job representing this district in Washington. The communication his office provides even small news outlets like The Progress has been remarkable. He is accessible to his constituents, and has an effective staff in handling constituent services.
Now he finds himself bothered with an ethics investigation brought about because he is not becoming “Washington” enough for some who believe that being a congressman should be a destination rather than a visit.
His plumbing company is one of the largest service businesses in Oklahoma. It was successful because of Markwayne Mullin. He is its owner and the architect of its success. Mullin is described as a tireless worker, and proves it week-in, week-out. While he has not built his company without the help of family and staff, he has certainly pulled the strings that have made his company prosper.

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