Mark Pocan

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Mark Pocan
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U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 2
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorTammy Baldwin (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986
Date of birth08/14/1964
Place of birthKenosha, WI
ProfessionOwner, Budget Signs and Specialties
Net worth$183,001
Office website
Campaign website
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.

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.


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


Pocan serves on the following committees:[4]

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:



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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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)


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.[8]

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


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.[9]


In 2010, Pocan received $15,710 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

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:[11]

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


Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[12] Pocan's net worth was between $66,003 and $299,999, making him the 339th wealthiest member of Congress.[13] The median net worth of Democratic congressional members is $990,508, a 12.7% increase over 2010.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tammy Baldwin (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 2nd District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 78
Succeeded by
Brett Hulsey (D)