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|Name = Mark Pocan
 
|Name = Mark Pocan
 
|Profile picture = Pocan mark.jpg
 
|Profile picture = Pocan mark.jpg
|Position = Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
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|Position = U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2
 
|Status = Incumbent  
 
|Status = Incumbent  
|Current candidacy = [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|U.S. House]]
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|Tenure = 2013 - Present
|Current candidacy primary date = August 14, 2012
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|Term ends = January 3, 2015
|Current candidacy election date = November 6, 2012
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|Assumed office = 2013
|Tenure = 1999 - Present
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|Political party = Democratic
|Term ends = [[Term-end dates of legislators elected on November 2, 2010|January 3, 2013]]
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|Predecessor = [[Tammy Baldwin]] (D)
|Assumed office = 1999
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|Political party = Democratic | Party dot = {{bluedot|size=10px}}
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|Leadership =
 
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|Years leadership =
 
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|Leadership 5 =
 
|Leadership 5 =
 
|Years leadership 5 =
 
|Years leadership 5 =
|Base salary = $49,943/year
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|Base salary = $174,000/year
|Per diem = $88/day
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|Per diem =  
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
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|Last election = [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
|First elected = 1998
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|First elected = [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Next election = [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
|Prior office =
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|Campaign $=1143296
|Prior office years =
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|Prior office = Wisconsin State Assembly
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|Prior office years =1999-2013
 
|Prior office 2 =
 
|Prior office 2 =
 
|Prior office 2 years =
 
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|Place of birth = Kenosha, WI
 
|Place of birth = Kenosha, WI
 
|Profession = Owner, Budget Signs and Specialties
 
|Profession = Owner, Budget Signs and Specialties
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|Net worth = $183,001
 
|Religion =
 
|Religion =
|Office website = http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=78
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|Office website = http://pocan.house.gov/
 
|Campaign website =http://pocanforcongress.com/
 
|Campaign website =http://pocanforcongress.com/
 
|Personal website =
 
|Personal website =
 
}}
 
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{{tnr}}'''Mark Pocan''' (b. August 14, 1964)is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing the 78th District since 1999.  He is a 2012 [[Democratic]] candidate who won election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|the 2nd Congressional District]] of [[Wisconsin]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>  He previously served on the [[sunshinereview:Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane County]] Board of Supervisors from 1991-1996.  
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{{tnr}}'''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.  
  
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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 elections, 2012|U.S. House]] representing [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|the 2nd Congressional District]] of [[Wisconsin]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref> Pocan also previously served on the [[Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane County]] Board of Supervisors from 1991-1996.
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Pocan is the owner of Budget Signs and Specialties.
 
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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=26238 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pocan]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=26238 Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pocan]</ref>
  
 
In February 2012, the grassroots organization [[Democracy for America]], founded by Howard Dean, named Pocan one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|2012 U.S. House races]].<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/howard-dean-democracy-for-america-_n_1283117.html ''Huffington Post'' "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012]</ref>
 
In February 2012, the grassroots organization [[Democracy for America]], founded by Howard Dean, named Pocan one of the top 10 progressive candidates in the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|2012 U.S. House races]].<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/howard-dean-democracy-for-america-_n_1283117.html ''Huffington Post'' "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
===2011-2012===
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===U.S. House===
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pocan has been appointed to these committees:
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====2013-2014====
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Pocan serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
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**Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
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**Subcommittee on Government Operations
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===Wisconsin State Assembly===
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====2011-2012====
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In the 2011-2012 Wisconsin legislative session, Pocan served on these committees:
 
* [[Health Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Health Committee]]
 
* [[Health Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Health Committee]]
 
* [[Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems, Wisconsin State Legislature|Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems]]
 
* [[Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems, Wisconsin State Legislature|Joint Survey Committee on Retirement Systems]]
  
===2009-2010===
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====2009-2010====
 
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pocan served on these committees:
 
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pocan served on these committees:
 
* [[Audit Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Audit Committee]]
 
* [[Audit Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Audit Committee]]
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* [[Employment Relations Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
 
* [[Employment Relations Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
 
* [[Joint Legislative Council Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
 
* [[Joint Legislative Council Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature]]
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==Issues==
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===American response in Syria===
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{{Dem letter on Syria|Name=Pocan}}
  
 
==Elections==  
 
==Elections==  
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:: ''See Also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See Also: [[United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012]]''
  
Pocan sought election to represent [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|Wisconsin's 2nd district]] in the [[United States House of Representatives]] in 2012.<ref>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/article_d9f5403c-d95c-11e0-acde-001cc4c002e0.html ''Wisconsin State Journal'' "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for Congress," September 7, 2011]</ref> He defeated [[Kelda Helen Roys]], [[Matt Silverman]], and [[Dennis Hall]] in the August 14 Democratic primary.  He faces Republican [[Chad Lee]] in the general election.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/candidates_registered_for_8_14_2012_primary_update_18061.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'' "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WI_US_House_0814.html?SITE=WISNTVELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''WISN'' "Primary Results"]</ref>
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Pocan sought election to represent [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|Wisconsin's 2nd district]] in the [[United States House of Representatives]] in 2012.<ref>[http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/article_d9f5403c-d95c-11e0-acde-001cc4c002e0.html ''Wisconsin State Journal'' "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for Congress," September 7, 2011]</ref> He defeated [[Kelda Helen Roys]], [[Matt Silverman]] and [[Dennis Hall]] in the August 14 Democratic primary.<ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WI_US_House_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP'' "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013]</ref> He defeated Republican [[Chad Lee]] in the general election.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/candidates_registered_for_8_14_2012_primary_update_18061.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'' "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/WI_US_House_0814.html?SITE=WISNTVELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''WISN'' "Primary Results"]</ref>
 
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{{Primary election box 2012
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|Chamber=Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District
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|party= Democratic
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|winner1 =Mark Pocan
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|Inc1 = N
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|candidate2 =Kelda Roys
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|candidate3 =Matt Silverman
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|candidate4=Dennis Hall
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|votes1 =43091
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|votes2 =13051
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|votes3 =2359
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|votes4=1159
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}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2012===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2012 elections season. Below are Pocan's reports.
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|Name=Pocan
 
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|Editdate=April 5, 2013
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|year=2012
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00033549&cycle=2012&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Mark Pocan," Accessed April 5, 2013]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
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|totalraised2012=1143296
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=US House (Wisconsin, [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district{{!}}District 2]])
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===2014===
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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.<ref>[http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#3 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Pocan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Campaign finance reports
 
{{Campaign finance reports
 
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|Name =Mark Pocan (2014)
 
|Political Party =Democratic
 
|Political Party =Democratic
|Report 1 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/648/12951437648/12951437648.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Mark Pocan's April Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012]</ref>
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|Report 1 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/082/13961625082/13961625082.pdf ''FEC'' "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
|Date 1 =April 15, 2012
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|Date 1 =4/15/2013
|Beginning Balance 1 =204402.45
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|Beginning Balance 1 =52936.10
|Total Contributions 1 =210376.87
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|Total Contributions 1 = 100629.25
|Expenditures 1=68909.01
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|Expenditures 1=68095.08
|Cash on Hand 1 =345870.31
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|Cash on Hand 1 =85470.27
|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/628/12952470628/12952470628.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Mark Pocan's July Quarterly Report," Accessed October 11, 2012]</ref>
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|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/113/13964069113/13964069113.pdf ''FEC'' "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
|Date 2 =July 15, 2012
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|Date 2 =7/15/2013
|Beginning Balance 2 =345870.31
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|Beginning Balance 2 =85470.27
|Total Contributions 2 =250054.61
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|Total Contributions 2 =156065.09
|Expenditures 2=142010.04
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|Expenditures 2=109497.73
|Cash on Hand 2 =453914.88
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|Cash on Hand 2 =132037.63
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|}}
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===2012===
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[[File:Pocan 2012 Donors.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Pocan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00033549&newMem=Y&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Pocan Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Pocan spent $4.10 per vote received in 2012.
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{{Congress donor box 2012
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 2nd District
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised =  $1,143,420
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|total spent = $1,087,264
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|opponent raised = $91,144
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|opponent spent = $90,316
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|org1 = University of Wisconsin
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|org2 = American Assn for Justice
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|org3 = National Assn of Realtors
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|org4 = National Education Assn
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|org5 = Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
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|orgdonor1 = $12,000
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|orgdonor2 = $11,500
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|orgdonor3 = $11,000
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|orgdonor4 = $10,700
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|orgdonor5 = $10,500
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|ind1 = Building Trade Unions
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|ind2 = Public Sector Unions
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|ind3 = Health Professionals
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|ind4 = Retired
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|ind5 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|inddonor1 = $79,000
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|inddonor2 = $68,450
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|inddonor3 = $55,450
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|inddonor4 = $48,100
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|inddonor5 = $41,600
 
|}}
 
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==Analysis==
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412585_Mark_Pocan ''OpenCongress,'' "Mark Pocan," Accessed August 6, 2013]</ref>
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Pocan most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[José Serrano]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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Pocan least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Tom Cotton]]
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{{col-end}}
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===Voting with party===
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====2013====
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{{Congress vote percent
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|name=Mark Pocan
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|party=Democratic
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|percent=94.8%
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|rank=90th
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|total=201
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|chamber=House
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|year=June 2013
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|RHouse=Y
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}}
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mark_pocan/412585 ''GovTrack,'' "Pocan," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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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.<ref name=wealth>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/01/new-congress-new-and-more-wealth.html ''Opensecrets.org'' "Millionaire Freshmen Make Congress Even Wealthier" Accessed January 21, 2013]</ref>  Pocan's net worth was between $66,003 and $299,999, making him the 339th wealthiest member of Congress.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00033549&year=2011 ''Opensecrets.org'' "Pocan" Accessed January 21, 2013]</ref>  The median net worth of Democratic congressional members is $990,508, a 12.7% increase over 2010.<ref name=wealth>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/01/new-congress-new-and-more-wealth.html ''Opensecrets.org'' "Millionaire Freshmen Make Congress Even Wealthier" Accessed January 21, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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*[http://pocanforcongress.com/ Campaign website]
 
*[http://pocanforcongress.com/ Campaign website]
*[http://www.markpocan.net/ State representative website]
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*[http://pocan.house.gov/ U.S. House website]
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*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-103540.php Campaign 2008] campaign contributions at ''Wisconsin Democracy Campaign''
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-103540.php Campaign 2008] campaign contributions at ''Wisconsin Democracy Campaign''
*[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/assembly/asm78/news/index.htm Wisconsin Representative Pocan's web page]
 
*[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=Assembly&district=78 Wisconsin Assembly - Representative Mark Pocan]
 
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-103540.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
 
*[http://www.wisdc.org/pro08-103540.php Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile]
 
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/76018/wisconsin-%28wi%29-state-assembly-member-mark-pocan-%5Bwi-house-of-representatives%5D Representative Pocan's Freedom Speaks profile]
 
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/76018/wisconsin-%28wi%29-state-assembly-member-mark-pocan-%5Bwi-house-of-representatives%5D Representative Pocan's Freedom Speaks profile]
*[http://markpocanwi.blogspot.com/2009/11/if-job-is-created-in-wisconsin.html Representative Pocan's blog]
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*[http://markpocanwi.blogspot.com/ Representative Pocan's blog], last entry February 2012
 
*[http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/105308/meet-mark-pocan-the-original-alec-spy Meet Mark Pocan, the Original ALEC Spy], Molly Redden, ''The New Republic'', July 25, 2012 | 9:05
 
*[http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/105308/meet-mark-pocan-the-original-alec-spy Meet Mark Pocan, the Original ALEC Spy], Molly Redden, ''The New Republic'', July 25, 2012 | 9:05
  
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Revision as of 08:42, 2 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

American response 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]

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.[7] He defeated Kelda Helen Roys, Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall in the August 14 Democratic primary.[8] He defeated Republican Chad Lee in the general election.[9][10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

Mark Pocan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]4/15/2013$52,936.10$100,629.25$(68,095.08)$85,470.27
July Quarterly[15]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.[16]

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.[17]

Wisconsin State Assembly 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mark Pocan's campaign in 2010
Capital Area Uniserv North$1,000
Wisconsin Pipe Trades$500
Wisconsin Health & Hospital Association$500
Service Employees Local 150$500
Federation Of Teachers Local 212$500
Total Raised in 2010 $15,710

2008


Rep. Pocan endorsing Brenda Konkel

The top 5 donors to Pocan's 2008 campaign were professional and labor organizations:[18]

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.[19]

Pocan most often votes with:

Pocan least often votes with:

Voting with party

2013

Mark Pocan voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 90th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22] Pocan's net worth was between $66,003 and $299,999, making him the 339th wealthiest member of Congress.[23] The median net worth of Democratic congressional members is $990,508, a 12.7% increase over 2010.[22]

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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. Wisconsin State Journal "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for Congress," September 7, 2011
  8. AP "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
  9. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  10. WISN "Primary Results"
  11. Official GAB primary results
  12. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mark Pocan," Accessed April 5, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Pocan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  14. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  15. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Pocan Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  17. Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
  18. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
  19. OpenCongress, "Mark Pocan," Accessed August 6, 2013
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. GovTrack, "Pocan," Accessed April 11, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 Opensecrets.org "Millionaire Freshmen Make Congress Even Wealthier" Accessed January 21, 2013
  23. 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)