|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
- 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
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." 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.
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" (dead link)|
|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
- 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
- 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)