Birthdate: July 26, 1977
Birth Place: Tulsa, OK, United States
Residence: Westville, OK
District: District 2
Markwayne Mullin was born in Tulsa, Okla., the youngest of seven children. He grew up in the small Adair County town of Westville, where his father owned a plumbing business.
After graduating from Stilwell High School, Mullin was forced to take over the plumbing company when his father fell ill. He eventually grew the company to more than 100 employees, and it is now known across the state for its trademark red vans with "The Red Rooter" logos on the side.
Mullin and his wife, Christie, live in Westville and have three children.
Markwayne Mullin painted himself as a political outsider, touting his business experience as the head of a company with more than 100 employees, and secured the 2012 GOP nomination in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Boren.
On the campaign stump, Mullin has cited problems he's had as a business owner dealing with bureaucratic red tape from federal agencies like the Department of Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency. He has described himself as a citizen-legislator and has vowed to serve no more than three terms in office if elected.
Mullin expressed confidence that he can win in eastern Oklahoma's sprawling 2nd District, which stretches from the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the northeast to the Red River border with Texas in the south, despite a more than 2-to-1 voter registration advantage for Democrats.
After emerging atop a crowded six-man GOP field in the 2012 primary, Mullin defeated three-term state Rep. George Faught of Muskogee with 57 percent of the vote in a runoff.
Mullin faces longtime state and federal prosecutor Rob Wallace, the Democratic nominee, and independent candidate Michael Fulks in the November general election.
Source: Associated Press