Pocan Elected Progressive Caucus 1st Vice Chair
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today was elected, by his colleagues, as the 1st Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). The 1st Vice Chair responsibilities include new member recruitment to expand the Caucus and taking a lead on crafting the progressive message for 2015. In addition to serving on the CPC Executive Committee, the 1st Vice Chair will also lead CPC meetings in the absence of the Co-Chairs.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected by my colleagues in the CPC for this leadership position,” said Representative Mark Pocan. “I particularly want to thank Co-Chairs Reps. Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva for their support and confidence in my leadership abilities. As a small business owner, union member and lifelong advocate for progressive causes I look forward to bringing my unique experience from both the private and public sector to ensure the CPC continues to be a bold voice for progressive values.”
“What is clear is the American people want their elected representatives to have an open and honest conversation about the problems facing this country,” continued Representative Mark Pocan. “With this opportunity I want to help the CPC set a clear and united progressive agenda to get Washington talking about the issues our constituents are talking about.”
In his first term in Congress Rep. Pocan took an active role in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, including leading the CPC’s weekly special order hour, acting as a liason between outside groups and the Caucus through meet-and-greet breakfasts, and representing the CPC in rallies and events across the nation. Additionally, Pocan was named the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ 2013 “Newcomer of the Year.”