|U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2|
|2013 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Tammy Baldwin (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Wisconsin State Assembly|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986|
|Place of birth||Kenosha, WI|
|Profession||Owner, Budget Signs and Specialties|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Sponsored legislation
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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. 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.
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.
Pocan serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Budget
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
- Subcommittee on Government Operations
Wisconsin State Assembly
In the 2011-2012 Wisconsin legislative session, Pocan served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pocan served on these committees:
- Audit Committee
- Finance Committee (Chair)
- Audit Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature
- Finance Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature (Co-Chair)
- Employment Relations Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature
- Joint Legislative Council Committee, Wisconsin State Legislature
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. For more information pertaining to Pocan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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." 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.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Pocan voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Pocan voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow 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.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
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. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
- 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. 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.
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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Pocan sought election to represent Wisconsin's 2nd district in the United States House of Representatives in 2012. He defeated Kelda Helen Roys, Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall in the August 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Republican Chad Lee in the general election.
|U.S. House, Wisconsin District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
- See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010
| Wisconsin State Assembly, District 78
Democratic primary (2010)
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.
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.
|Mark Pocan's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Wisconsin, District 2)||$1,143,296|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,143,296|
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.
|Mark Pocan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
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.
Cost per vote
Pocan spent $4.10 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 2nd District, 2012 - Mark Pocan Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$91,144|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$90,316|
|Top contributors to Mark Pocan's campaign committee|
|University of Wisconsin||$12,000|
|American Assn for Justice||$11,500|
|National Assn of Realtors||$11,000|
|National Education Assn||$10,700|
|Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund||$10,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$79,000|
|Public Sector Unions||$68,450|
In 2010, Pocan received $15,710 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|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|
Rep. Pocan endorsing Brenda Konkel
The top 5 donors to Pocan's 2008 campaign were professional and labor organizations:
|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|
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.
Pocan most often votes with:
Pocan least often votes with:
Voting with party
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.
Lifetime voting record
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.
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. Pocan's net worth was between $66,003 and $299,999, making him the 339th wealthiest member of Congress. The median net worth of Democratic congressional members is $990,508, a 12.7% increase over 2010.
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- Campaign 2008 campaign contributions at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
- Wisconsin Democracy Campaign profile
- Representative Pocan's Freedom Speaks profile
- Representative Pocan's blog, last entry February 2012
- Meet Mark Pocan, the Original ALEC Spy, Molly Redden, The New Republic, July 25, 2012 | 9:05
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- Project Vote Smart - Assemblyman Pocan
- Huffington Post "Democracy For America Names Top 10 Progressive House Candidates For 2012," February 16, 2012
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
- Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Wisconsin State Journal "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for Congress," September 7, 2011
- AP "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
- WISN "Primary Results"
- Official GAB primary results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mark Pocan," Accessed April 5, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Pocan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
- Open Secrets "Pocan Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
- OpenCongress, "Mark Pocan," Accessed August 6, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Pocan," Accessed April 11, 2013
- Opensecrets.org "Millionaire Freshmen Make Congress Even Wealthier" Accessed January 21, 2013
- Opensecrets.org "Pocan" Accessed January 21, 2013
Tammy Baldwin (D)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 2nd District
| Succeeded by|
|Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
| Succeeded by|
Brett Hulsey (D)