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|Position = U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2
 
|Position = U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2
 
|Status = Incumbent  
 
|Status = Incumbent  
|Tenure = 2013 - Present
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|Tenure = January 3, 2013- Present
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Assumed office = 2013
 
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|Per diem =  
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election =[[Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Cost per vote 2012 = $4.10
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
|First elected = [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|First elected = [[Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $=1143296
 
|Campaign $=1143296
 
|Prior office = Wisconsin State Assembly
 
|Prior office = Wisconsin State Assembly
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|Years of service 2  =  
 
|Years of service 2  =  
 
|Citations =
 
|Citations =
|Birthday = 08/14/1964
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|Birthday = August 14, 1964  
 
|Place of birth = Kenosha, WI
 
|Place of birth = Kenosha, WI
 
|Profession = Owner, Budget Signs and Specialties
 
|Profession = Owner, Budget Signs and Specialties
|Net worth = $183,001
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|Net worth =$766,002
 
|Religion =
 
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|Office website = http://pocan.house.gov/
 
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{{tnr}}'''Mark Pocan''' (b. August 14, 1964) 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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{{tnr}}'''Mark Pocan''' (b. August 14, 1964, in Kenosha, [[Wisconsin|WI]]) 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. Pocan won re-election in 2014. He did not face a primary challenger.
  
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 [[sunshinereview:Dane County, Wisconsin|Dane County]] Board of Supervisors from 1991-1996.  
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He was previously a member of the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]], representing the 78th District from 1999 to 2013. He won election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] to represent [[Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014|the 2nd Congressional District]] of [[Wisconsin]] in 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012]</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>
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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," accessed 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>
 
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
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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Pocan serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce|Committee on Education and the Workforce]]
 
**Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
 
**Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
 
**Subcommittee on Government Operations
 
**Subcommittee on Government Operations
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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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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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====National security====
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=====NDAA=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pocan voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pocan voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Yea vote}} Pocan voted for House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44088#.Ul7hdxCMLQM ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pocan voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{House Farm Bill Dem No|Name=Pocan}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{House Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Pocan}}
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Nay vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Pocan voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Pocan voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pocan voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pocan voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Social issues====
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=====Abortion=====
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{{Nay vote}} Pocan voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s090_020.gif|right|290px|thumb|Pocan's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Pocan is a '''Hard-Core Liberal.''' Pocan received a score of 88 percent on social issues and 17 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Pocan|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/House/Mark_Pocan.htm ''On The Issues'', "Pocan Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Strongly Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Unknown
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Favors
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|Crime= Strongly Opposes
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|Guns= Opposes
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|Taxes=Strongly Favors
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|Citizenship=Strongly Favors
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|Free Trade= Strongly Opposes
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|United Nations=Unknown
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|Military=Strongly Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Favors
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|Energy=Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana=Strongly Opposes
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===American response in Syria===
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Dem letter on Syria|Name=Pocan}}
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===SNAP challenge===
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{{SNAP challenge|Name=Pocan}}
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===Fast food worker strikes===
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In December 2013, Pocan tweeted his support for raising the minimum wage for fast food workers. He tweeted, "#MinimumWage in 1968 was $10.60 in 2013 dollars. Today it is $7.25. Past time we #raisethewage."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/pols-back-fastfoodstrikes-100728.html?hp=r14 ''Politico'', "Pols back #FastFoodStrikes," accessed December 6, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==  
 
==Elections==  
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Pocan won re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2014|Wisconsin's]] [[Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014|2nd District]] on November 4, 2014. Pocan did not face a primary challenger.
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====Election results====
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''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.<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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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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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010]]''
  
Pocan was re-elected to [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] District 78. He was unopposed in the [[Primary election dates in 2010|September 14, 2010]] primary election and in the general election on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/result/primary_percentage_results_78075.pdf Official GAB primary results]</ref>
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Pocan was re-elected to [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] District 78. He was unopposed in the [[Primary election dates in 2010|September 14, 2010]], primary election and in the general election on [[State legislative elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]].<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/result/primary_percentage_results_78075.pdf ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 25, 2014]</ref>
 
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==Sponsored legislation==
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==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
Legislation sponsored in 2009 includes:
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/324/Mark-Pocan Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Pocan attends.
*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
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*AB-162 Invasive species and aquatic plants and animals: laws revised and new restrictions imposed; DNR authority, emergency * [[Rules Committee, Wisconsin State Assembly|Rules Committee]], noxious weeds, and solid waste disposal facility provisions
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*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
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For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the [http://nxt.legis.state.wi.us/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=default.htm&d=indxauth&jd=A78 House site].
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===2014===
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{{Mark Pocan 2014 FEC}}
  
==Campaign donors==
 
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Pocan 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Pocan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Pocan 2012 Donors.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<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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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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===2010===
 
===2010===
In 2010, Pocan received $15,710 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2010 contributions]</ref>
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In 2010, Pocan received $15,710 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=WI&y=2010&f=H&so=O#sorttable ''Follow the Money'', "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
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The top 5 donors to Pocan's 2008 campaign were professional and labor organizations. Here are Pocan's top 5 donors:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110260 ''Follow the Money'' "2008 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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The top 5 donors to Pocan's 2008 campaign were professional and labor organizations:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=110260 Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
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==Personal Gain Index==
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Pocan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $467,005 to $1,064,999. That averages to '''$766,002''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Pocan ranked as the 231st most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00033549&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Pocan, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2011 and 2012, Pocan‘s calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> increased by an average of 30 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Pocan received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Building Trade Unions'' industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in [[Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District]] was ''Educational services, and health care and social assistance
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===Ideology and leadership===
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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 July 22, 2014]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[George Holding]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Pocan missed 5 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/mark_pocan/412585 ''GovTrack'', "Pocan," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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Pocan ranked 8th in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
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==Personal==
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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Pocan married his partner, Phil, in 2006 in Canada. They reside in Madison.<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://pocanforcongress.com/about/ ''Pocanforcongress.com'', "About," accessed January 3, 2014]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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>
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Mark Pocan
Pocan mark.jpg
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 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 4, 2014
Cost per vote$4.10 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Campaign $$1,143,296
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
1999-2013
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986
Personal
BirthdayAugust 14, 1964
Place of birthKenosha, WI
ProfessionOwner, Budget Signs and Specialties
Net worth$766,002
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Pocan (b. August 14, 1964, in Kenosha, WI) 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. Pocan won re-election in 2014. He did not face a primary challenger.

He was previously a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 78th District from 1999 to 2013. He won election to the U.S. House to represent 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][5]

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:

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Pocan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Pocan voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Pocan voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Pocan voted for House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Pocan voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Pocan voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Pocan joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Pocan voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Pocan voted for HR 2775.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Pocan voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Pocan voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Nay3.png Pocan voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Pocan's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Pocan is a Hard-Core Liberal. Pocan received a score of 88 percent on social issues and 17 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[28]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Unknown Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[27]

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."[29][30] 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 one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[29][30]

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.[31] Participants agreed 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.[32]

Fast food worker strikes

In December 2013, Pocan tweeted his support for raising the minimum wage for fast food workers. He tweeted, "#MinimumWage in 1968 was $10.60 in 2013 dollars. Today it is $7.25. Past time we #raisethewage."[33]

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Pocan won re-election to the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 2nd District on November 4, 2014. Pocan did not face a primary challenger.

Election results

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Pocan Incumbent 68.5% 224,548
     Republican Peter Theron 31.5% 103,303
Total Votes 327,851
Source: Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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.[34] He defeated Kelda Helen Roys, Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall in the August 14 Democratic primary.[35] He defeated Republican Chad Lee in the general election.[36][37]

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" (dead link)
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.[38]

Wisconsin State Assembly, District 78

Democratic primary (2010)

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

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Pocan attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pocan's reports.[39]

Mark Pocan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$52,936.10$100,629.25$(68,095.08)$85,470.27
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$85,470.27$156,065.09$(109,497.73)$132,037.63
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$132,037.63$126,627.87$(75,424.25)$183,241.25
Year-end[43]January 31, 2014$183,241$129,269$(87,359)$225,251
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$225,251.35$76,778.03$(68,675.16)$233,354.22
July Quarterly[45]July 25, 2014$233,354.22$167,821.85$(98,676.18)$302,499.89
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2014$309,874.85$166,499.40$(283,283.96)$193,090.29
Running totals
$923,690.49$(791,011.36)

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.[47]

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

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2012


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.[48]

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.[49]

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

The top 5 donors to Pocan's 2008 campaign were professional and labor organizations. Here are Pocan's top 5 donors:[50]

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

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Pocan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $467,005 to $1,064,999. That averages to $766,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Pocan ranked as the 231st most wealthy representative in 2012.[51] Between 2011 and 2012, Pocan‘s calculated net worth[52] increased by an average of 30 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[53]

Mark Pocan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$589,963
2012$766,002
Growth from 2011 to 2012:30%
Average annual growth:30%[54]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[55]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Pocan received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Building Trade Unions industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance , according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[56]

From 2011-2014, 26.69 percent of Pocan's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[57]

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Mark Pocan Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,919,774
Total Spent $1,609,899
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Building Trade Unions$148,000
Public Sector Unions$129,650
Health Professionals$83,450
Industrial Unions$78,500
Retired$72,770
% total in top industry7.71%
% total in top two industries14.46%
% total in top five industries26.69%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Pocan is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of July 2014. [58]

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.[59]

Pocan most often votes with:

Pocan least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Pocan missed 5 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[60]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Pocan ranked 8th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[61]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Mark Pocan voted with the Democratic Party 95.1 percent of the time, which ranked 30th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[62]

2013

Mark Pocan voted with the Democratic Party 94.8 percent of the time, which ranked 90th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[63]

Personal

Pocan married his partner, Phil, in 2006 in Canada. They reside in Madison.[64]

Recent news

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References

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  2. Project Vote Smart, "Assemblyman Pocan"
  3. Huffington Post, "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," accessed February 16, 2012
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  28. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  30. 30.0 30.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
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  52. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  53. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  54. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  55. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  56. Census.gov, "My Congressional District," accessed October 1, 2014
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  60. GovTrack, "Pocan," accessed July 22, 2014
  61. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 22, 2014
  62. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  63. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  64. Pocanforcongress.com, "About," accessed January 3, 2014
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)