Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin managed to carry over the energy work he did when he was on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.
It was the same committee once chaired by retired U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the man he replaced in the November 2022 election.
Sen. Mullin was named to the Committee as well as the Senate Armed Services Committee, Indian Affairs and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
“It’s an honor to wake up and serve the people of Oklahoma in the United States Senate,” Mullin said. “These key committees will allow me an incredible opportunity to advocate on our state’s behalf and ensure Oklahoman’s voices are heard.”
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will give Oklahoma a voice in environmental matters concerning land protection, resource utilization, and cultivation.
“In Oklahoma, we are blessed with abundant natural resources,” Mullin said. “From our vast farmland to important public waterways like MKARNS, Oklahomans have proven to be good stewards of our environment. Through this, we have repeatedly seen how one-size-fits-all solutions from Washington do not work. I’m proud to serve on EPW to combat burdensome federal overreach and put our state in the driver’s seat – it’s time to get the federal government off our land and out of our backyard.”
Sen. Inhofe also was a member of the Armed Services Committee and helped create the most recent defense budget approved by Congress. Mullin called it a “tremendous privilege” to sit on the same committee.
“With Oklahoma’s long and distinguished history of military support, I look forward to using my position to ensure that our service men and women have the resources they need to remain the greatest in the world.”
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has broad jurisdiction over health care, education, workforce and retirement issues impacting Oklahomans.
As a member of Cherokee Nation, Senator Mullin will use his position on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to study matters related to American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and the Alaska Native peoples.
“The Indian Affairs Committee plays a vital role in ensuring that the federal government upholds its trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal nations. I look forward to strengthening tribal sovereignty, pursuing self-determination policies, and fostering economic growth in Indian Country. Let’s get to work,” Mullin concluded.
Source: press release