Mark Wayne Mullin Committee Assignments In Congress

Top Contributors, 2017 - 2018

Blue Cross/Blue Shield$10,500$0$10,500
Pelco Structural$10,400$10,400$0
Chickasaw Nation$10,100$10,100$0
Devon Energy$10,000$0$10,000
Urologic Specialists of Ok$9,500$9,500$0

Top Industries, 2017 - 2018

Oil & Gas$94,700$8,700$86,000
Health Professionals$65,500$15,500$50,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$35,500$0$35,500
Electric Utilities$34,500$0$34,500

Total Raised vs. Average Raised

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NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2017 - 2018 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on 03/10/18 for Fundraising totals, Source of Funds and Total Raised vs Average, and on 02/20/18 for Top Contributors and Industries.  ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")


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Mr. McCarthy, clad in a ratty Stanford T-shirt and leaning against a boxing bag to catch his breath, wondered aloud: “At once? Or two sets of 15?”

“Or three sets of 10,” Mr. Mullin shouted back. “I don’t care. Just get it done.”

In an era of increasing gridlock and vitriol between the two parties, the House gym has emerged as one of the few places where members can set politics aside and achieve some sweat-infused bipartisanship. The across-the-aisle friendships, solidified over sets of box jumps, are already paying dividends. Ms. Gabbard and Mr. Schock — two of the fittest members of the group — co-founded the Congressional Future Caucus, a group intended to bring lawmakers together to work toward long-term solutions on issues that affect the next generation. The caucus, Ms. Gabbard said, “was really born from the conversations we had in the gym early in the morning, talking about the things we were finding frustrating.”

The two have also introduced a bipartisan immigration bill that would permanently extend a visa program for immigrant investors.

Mr. Rokita said he is more likely to look to his gym buddies on areas where they can find common ground: “None of what we’re working on is going to solve the national debt, but we can work around the edges,” he said. Ms. Gabbard agreed, explaining, “Spending that hour in the morning, you have fun, you have a good time, and you get to know people in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.”

Mr. Rokita praised Ms. Gabbard, a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard who has served two tours of duty in the Middle East, as “just a cool lady,” and said that he’s also enjoyed working out with a member of the dynastic Kennedy clan.

“He’ll smirk and deny this, but it’s historic,” Mr. Rokita said.

The regimen itself, however, is politics free. “It’s just a rule that’s unsaid: No one ever, ever brings up politics,” Mr. Mullin said. “It’s just people who have something in common. They want to live healthier.”

Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican party’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee, previously garnered attention for leading members in an intense P90X workout, which includes a rigorous mix of jumping, martial arts, strength training, cardio and yoga.

But after watching Mr. Mullin do his own workout, several of the P90X aficionados slowly defected, preferring the spontaneity and originality of Mr. Mullin’s routine, which he makes up each time, pulling from his years as a high school and college wrestler, and later a professional fighter.

Now, the P90X guys share space with Mr. Mullin’s crew, though the P90X group still controls the stereo. “I do hear that P90X soundtrack getting louder and louder every day,” Mr. Rokita said.

Mr. Mullin’s results have been impressive. Mr. Smith has already met his original goal, losing just over 60 pounds since January. “It’s the Markwayne Mullin diet,” he said. “Fish, fruits and vegetables.”

Mr. McCarthy joked that he also adheres to the diet: “I eat all that, then I add ice cream and other things, too,” he said.

Others presented as slightly more fit. Mr. Schock, who previously did P90X with Mr. Ryan and once graced the cover of Men’s Health shirtless with a rippling six-pack, arrived Thursday drinking a GNC workout mixture, and took off his T-shirt to reveal a skintight gray tank top that hugged his famous abs.

“Oh, now the muscles come out,” Mr. Mullin teased. “Hot flash!” He briefly mock fanned himself, but then got down to business.

Mr. Mullin likes to begin every morning with a warm-up run. “We try to run as hard as you can for four minutes,” he said.

Up next: What he calls “three-minute abs.” “You absolutely kill your abs in three minutes,” said Mr. Mullin, who has nine different abdominal workouts he cycles through. “You leave them on the floor.”

The workout is painful — not so much in the moment as hours later, when muscles “you haven’t worked in a while or didn’t quite know existed,” as Ms. Gabbard put it, become excruciatingly sore. (Full disclosure: This reporter did about 20 minutes of the hourlong workout, and found herself unable to move several parts of her body for the next two days.)

“There were a couple of times in the beginning where I was like, ‘Oh, my God, you came back the next day?’ ” Mr. Rokita recalled. “I could not move, literally.”

At one point Thursday morning, Mr. Rokita and Mr. Smith, who had been slowing down with their medicine ball situps, dissolved into laughter as Mr. Rokita collapsed onto his back on the mat. Mr. Mullin marched over to yell a few words of encouragement, and they let out a collective groan.

“Markwayne says starting anything is easy,” Mr. Smith said, during a brief break. “It’s the sticking with it that’s tough.”

Then, he headed off to the next set of exercises. After all, Mr. Mullin was waiting.

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