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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 1
PredecessorTammy Baldwin (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.10 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,143,296
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, 1986
Place of birthKenosha, WI
ProfessionOwner, Budget Signs and Specialties
Net worth$183,001
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 is running for re-election in 2014.

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.


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:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


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

National security

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."[7][8] 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.[7][8]


Voted "No" 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" 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.[12]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Pocan voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[13] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[15] 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.[16] Pocan voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[18] 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.[19]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[22]

Social issues

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.[23]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed 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.[24]


Voted "No" 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.[25]

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."[26]



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

Pocan is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Wisconsin's 2nd District. Pocan is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


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.[27] He defeated Kelda Helen Roys, Matt Silverman and Dennis Hall in the August 14 Democratic primary.[28] He defeated Republican Chad Lee in the general election.[29][30]

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


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.[31]

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.[32]

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


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.[33]

Mark Pocan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$52,936.10$100,629.25$(68,095.08)$85,470.27
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$85,470.27$156,065.09$(109,497.73)$132,037.63
October Quarterly[36]October 15, 2013$132,037.63$126,627.87$(75,424.25)$183,241.25
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$183,241$129,269$(87,359)$225,251
Running totals


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.[38]

Cost per vote

Pocan spent $4.10 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Pocan received $15,710 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[39]


Rep. Pocan endorsing Brenda Konkel

The top 5 donors to Pocan's 2008 campaign were professional and labor organizations:[40]

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


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.[41]

Pocan most often votes with:

Pocan least often votes with:

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Mark Pocan has voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 90th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[42]

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.[43]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, the median net worth of freshman members of the 113th U.S. Congress at the end of 2011 was $1,066,515.[44] Pocan's net worth was between $66,003 and $299,999, making him the 339th wealthiest member of Congress.[45] The median net worth of Democratic congressional members is $990,508, a 12.7% increase over 2010.[44]

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External links

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  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., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2642 - Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed October 14, 2013
  14. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. 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
  23. U.S., "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  24. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. Politico, "Pols back #FastFoodStrikes", accessed December 6, 2013
  27. Wisconsin State Journal "State Reps. Kelda Helen Roys, Mark Pocan to run for Congress," September 7, 2011
  28. AP "Primary Results 2012" Accessed May 30, 2013
  29. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  30. WISN "Primary Results"
  31. Official GAB primary results
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Mark Pocan," Accessed April 5, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Pocan 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 25, 2013
  34. FEC "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  35. FEC "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  36. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  38. Open Secrets "Pocan Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 26, 2013
  39. Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
  40. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
  41. OpenCongress, "Mark Pocan," Accessed August 6, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Pocan," Accessed April 11, 2013
  44. 44.0 44.1 "Millionaire Freshmen Make Congress Even Wealthier" Accessed January 21, 2013
  45. "Pocan" Accessed January 21, 2013
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)