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Revision as of 12:02, 25 September 2013

Mark Pocan
Pocan mark.jpg
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTammy Baldwin (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,143,296
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
1999-2013
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986
Personal
Birthday08/14/1964
Place of birthKenosha, WI
ProfessionOwner, Budget Signs and Specialties
Net worth$183,001
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Pocan (b. August 14, 1964, in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Pocan represents the 2nd congressional district of Wisconsin and was first elected to the House in 2012.

He was previously a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 78th District from 1999-2013. He won election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin in 2012.[1] Pocan also previously served on the Dane County Board of Supervisors from 1991-1996.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Pocan is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Pocan is the owner of Budget Signs and Specialties.

He is a member of a number of organizations, including 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Action Wisconsin, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Clean Wisconsin, Colombia Support Network/Apartadó Sister City Organization, Midwest States Center, Painters and Allied Trades Union - American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Wisconsin Environmental Decade.[2]

In February 2012, the grassroots organization Democracy for America, founded by Howard Dean, named Pocan one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the 2012 U.S. House races.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Pocan serves on the following committees:[4]

Wisconsin State Assembly

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 Wisconsin legislative session, Pocan served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pocan served on these committees:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[5][6] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Pocan was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[5][6]

Social issues

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Pocan, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[7]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[8]

Elections

2012

See Also: United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012

Pocan sought election to represent Wisconsin's 2nd district in the United States House of Representatives in 2012.[9] He defeated Kelda Helen Roys, Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall in the August 14 Democratic primary.[10] He defeated Republican Chad Lee in the general election.[11][12]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Pocan 67.9% 265,422
     Republican Chad Lee 31.9% 124,683
     Independent Joe Kopsick 0% 6
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.2% 787
Total Votes 390,898
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Pocan 72.2% 43,091
Kelda Roys 21.9% 13,051
Matt Silverman 4% 2,359
Dennis Hall 1.9% 1,159
Total Votes 59,660

2010

See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Pocan was re-elected to Wisconsin State Assembly District 78. He was unopposed in the September 14, 2010 primary election and in the general election on November 2, 2010.[13]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 78

Democratic primary (2010)

Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Mark Pocan(D) 3,243 99.6%

Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:

  • AB-2 Contractual services purchased by executive branch agencies to be performed within the U.S. when available; exceptions re federal money and U.W. System
  • AB-162 Invasive species and aquatic plants and animals: laws revised and new restrictions imposed; DNR authority, emergency * Rules Committee, noxious weeds, and solid waste disposal facility provisions
  • AB-261 Soliciting purchase of goods or services by unsolicited delivery of a document that appears to be a check or money order payable to recipient prohibited; DATCP authority and forfeiture provisions

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pocan is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Pocan raised a total of $1,143,296 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[14]

Mark Pocan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wisconsin, District 2) Won $1,143,296
Grand Total Raised $1,143,296

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pocan's reports.[15]

Mark Pocan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]4/15/2013$52,936.10$100,629.25$(68,095.08)$85,470.27
July Quarterly[17]7/15/2013$85,470.27$156,065.09$(109,497.73)$132,037.63
Running totals
$256,694.34$(177,592.81)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Pocan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Pocan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Pocan's campaign committee raised a total of $1,143,420 and spent $1,087,264.[18]

Cost per vote

Pocan spent $4.10 per vote received in 2012.


2010

In 2010, Pocan received $15,710 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[19]

2008


Rep. Pocan endorsing Brenda Konkel

The top 5 donors to Pocan's 2008 campaign were professional and labor organizations:[20]

Donor Amount
Managed Health Services Insurance Corp $500
Northwestern Mutual Life $500
Sprinkler Fitters Local 183 $500
School Administrators Alliance $500
WI Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Assoc $500

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[21]

Pocan most often votes with:

Pocan least often votes with:

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Mark Pocan has voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 90th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[22]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Pocan missed 0 of 96 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, the median net worth of freshman members of the 113th U.S. Congress at the end of 2011 was $1,066,515.[24] Pocan's net worth was between $66,003 and $299,999, making him the 339th wealthiest member of Congress.[25] The median net worth of Democratic congressional members is $990,508, a 12.7% increase over 2010.[24]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pocan
  3. Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. 5.0 5.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  7. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  8. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. Wisconsin State Journal "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for Congress," September 7, 2011
  10. AP "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
  11. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  12. WISN "Primary Results"
  13. Official GAB primary results
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mark Pocan," Accessed April 5, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Pocan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  16. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  17. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Pocan Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  19. Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
  20. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
  21. OpenCongress, "Mark Pocan," Accessed August 6, 2013
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Pocan," Accessed April 11, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 Opensecrets.org "Millionaire Freshmen Make Congress Even Wealthier" Accessed January 21, 2013
  25. Opensecrets.org "Pocan" Accessed January 21, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Tammy Baldwin (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 2nd District
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
1998–2013
Succeeded by
Brett Hulsey (D)