Do We Pay Congresspeople’s Salaries? This Rich Rep Says No

U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin, a Republican in Oklahoma’s 2nd district, wants to make one thing clear: he doesn’t owe his constituents anything.

At a town hall meeting, when a constituent reminded the congressperson that the taxpayers pay his salary, an irritated Mullin responded, “Bull crap, I paid for myself. I paid enough taxes before I ever got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary.”

The next day at another town hall event, Mullin reiterated this point. “I’ve paid more taxes inside my own company and personally than I’ll ever receive from being in Congress,” he told the crowd.

Evidently, this government job is just a way to recoup some of his losses to the United States tax system!

Really, though, his attitude is that of someone who considers himself to be too rich to be at the level of his fellow Oklahomans. The voters are asking him to accept the fact that he is accountable to them, and he is instead insisting that he’s not in their debt.

Obviously, that’s not what you want to hear from any elected official, particularly one in the U.S. House.

Elaborating on not being paid by the voters, Mullin said, “This is a service. No one here pays me to do it. I do it as an honor and a service.” He later added, “Thank God this is not how I make my living.”

Let’s ignore the fact that Mullin does indeed cash his $174,000 in paychecks every year and focus on the service part. Who exactly does he think he’s doing a service for, anyway? In a government “by the people, for the people,” why does he get indignant at the suggestion that he serves the average American?

Again, it all seems to come back to the fact that Mullin is extremely wealthy, with an estimated net worth of over $5 million according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The fact that he considers being a legislator to be an extracurricular of sorts rather than his primary job is further indication that he does not take the duties of this job seriously enough.

Mullin is right about one thing – it should be an honor to be a congressperson. He should feel not just obligated but honored to represent the people of his district rather than dismissing them and claiming to pay his own salary.

At a different town hall last month, he said, “I would have never run for office if it wasn’t for the fact that my biggest threat to my company was the federal government and the overreach of the EPA.”

From this comment, he’s basically admitting that he was motivated to be of service to big business, not the voters. Rather than being beholden to the people (who don’t really pay his salary anyway, supposedly), he’s beholden to the capitalist structure that actually made him rich.

Now, Mullin can use his “service” position to deregulate business and lower corporate tax rates as a thank you to the fellow millionaire entrepreneurs to whom he relates.

If we’re being honest, Mullin is far from the only person in Congress who deserves this sort of criticism. Most of Congress is comprised of millionaires at this point, and it seems like the rich are abusing lax campaign finance rules to take turns in political positions in order to widen the wealth gap rather than close it.

Anyway, thanks so much for your “service,” Mullin! Maybe next November the good people of Oklahoma will decide to pay someone who actually is interested in representing everyone to do the job instead.

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Danuta W
Danuta W8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer H
Jennifer Habout a year ago

Yep. Republican. They all feel this way. We owe them.

Margie FOURIEabout a year ago

They should be accountable to us, we pay for all, have elected them, and if fact they are our servants.

S M1 years ago

I hope after that arrogant, elitist rant he is deselected next election!

Steven W
Steven W1 years ago

Very interesting.

Brian F
Brian F1 years ago

This fraud Trump wouldn't have been elected if the democrats had chosen Bernie Sanders instead of their establishment Wall Street crook, and liar, Hillary. The corrupt democrats created the super delegates to keep honest progressive challengers like Bernie Sanders from having any chance to beat their corporate Wall Street establishment crooks, like Hillary, so they can maintain power, continue their corruption, and make millions from Wall street, big pharma, banks, and corporations. Cory Booker, and Patty Murray each took $300,000 from big pharma, and voted against a Sanders/Klobachar bill to lower prescription drug prices along with 10 other democratic traitors, so anyone who thinks the democrats aren't as corrupt, and bought off by big pharma, as the republicans is crazy.

Philippa P
Philippa Powers1 years ago


Fred Campbell
Fred Campbell1 years ago

Time to find a new US Rep.

Elaine W
Elaine W1 years ago

What an ignorant jerk! I hope he lost lots of votes with his arrogance.