Oklahoma House Republicans Buck Trend from the Start

Markwayne Mullin (left), James Lankford (center) and Jim Bridenstine (right)

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's congressional delegation is entirely Republican but a few days into a new term it's proving not to be solidly aligned behind GOP leaders.

The state's newest House members, including two freshmen, have emerged as a new breed. While the four veterans in the House and Senate typically follow their leaders, newly elected Reps. Jim Bridenstine and Markwayne Mullin are marking their own path.

Bridenstine made waves Thursday when he voted against the re-election of Rep. John Boehner (BAY'-nur) as House Speaker, and Bridenstine and Mullin both voted Friday against Hurricane Sandy aid for the Northeast. Even second-term Rep. James Lankford broke with the rest of the Oklahoma delegation and voted against resolving the "fiscal cliff" resolution, in effect supporting a tax increase on virtually all Oklahomans.

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