Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) announced that U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) has been selected to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee during the 114th Congress.
“I am excited to welcome Congressman Mullin to the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Upton said. “He’s a got a great bipartisan record of success, especially with his work on WRRDA during his time on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Further, his business experiences in Oklahoma will undoubtedly prove beneficial as we continue our efforts to create jobs, promote life-saving cures, unleash America’s energy abundance, protect families and foster growth in this new era of innovation.”
The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Committee has a very broad jurisdiction over issues deeply important to Oklahoma and the Second Congressional District. The committee deals with issues such as health care, energy, telecommunications and commerce. It oversees numerous federal entities, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Communications Commission.
“It’s an honor to be selected to serve on such an influential committee, especially during this critical time in our country’s history,” Mullin said. “I’m looking forward to providing an Oklahoma business owner perspective as the committee works to address issues like regulatory reform and continuing health care problems. Additionally, I will be able to make sure that the challenges we face with rural health care is part of the discussion.
“With Oklahoma’s top two employers being the energy and health sectors, our state has a vested interest in any actions affecting those industries. So when burdensome regulations come down from Washington, we truly feel the impact.
“As a business owner, I have had to comply with these regulations and I know how they can impede business growth. I’m excited to bring that perspective to the committee as we fight to reform our regulatory system.”
Oklahoma is home to four energy companies on the Fortune 500 list. The state’s largest employer is the energy sector, with 1 in 5 jobs supported by oil and gas. Second to the energy industry in employment of Oklahomans is the health care industry.