Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin
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Mar 17, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), along with CPC First-Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released statements today after Rep. Pocan offered the CPC’s debt-free college resolution as an amendment to the House Republican budget.

Mar 10, 2016 Press Release

MADISON – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) has yet to receive a response from Justice Rebecca Bradley after he extended an invitation to her to come and meet with the LGBT community and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as others she targeted in a series of public writings.

Mar 8, 2016 Press Release

MADISON – After Justice Rebecca Bradley’s hate-filled attacks came to light yesterday, she put out a statement that did not apologize for her past hate speech and offered no explanation for her supposed change of heart.  U.S. Rep.

Mar 3, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), and CPC First-Vice Chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) today released the Progressive Caucus’ budget for fiscal year 2017, called The People’s Budget: Prosperity Not Austerity; Invest in America.

Feb 25, 2016 Press Release

Washington— Today, several Democratic Members of Congress, along with the Executive Director of Americans for Tax Fairness, Frank Clemente, released a major new report on the extent of Pfizer’s tax dodging and price gouging, as well as a

Feb 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) sent a letter to PBS urging the moderators of Thursday’s Democratic Debate in Milwaukee to bring up the topic of voting rights.

The text of the letter is below and available online here.


Feb 3, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) launched the bipartisan Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus with Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Bob Latta (R-OH) to facilitate discussion, educate Members of Congress and develop policy solutions to close the digital divide in rural America.

Feb 1, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-08) announced he was not seeking re-election for another term in Congress.

Jan 21, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

Jan 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) launched the bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, which will promote greater awareness of the cooperative business model and help policymakers enact co-op friendly legislation.


In The News

May 9, 2013 In The News

Openly gay U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s husband has received an ID issued only to the spouses of federal lawmakers. It is the first time the House has recognized the same-sex husband of a member with the House Spouse ID.

“We’re very happy that my husband Phil (Frank) was able to get a House Spouse ID,” said Pocan, a Democrat from Madison.

May 9, 2013 In The News

For apparently the first time ever in the history of the U.S. House, a gay member of Congress has obtained a congressional ID card identifying his same-sex partner as a spouse.

May 4, 2013 In The News

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill canceling furloughs of air traffic controllers, triggered by automatic “sequester” budget cuts.

May 3, 2013 In The News

U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan, D-Madison, stopped by the Rock and Walworth County Head Start Program in Beloit Thursday morning to talk about the cuts the program is facing due to the federal sequester.

Head Start is a federally funded preschool and family program that serves low-income families.

May 3, 2013 In The News

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, D-Wis., spoke at a panel on campus Thursday about the increasing federal debt and the need for citizens, specifically students, to take notice and begin acting to remedy the issue through bipartisanship.

May 2, 2013 In The News

Forty-one members of the House opposed the Reducing Flight Delays Act that was cobbled together by Congress as a rapid response to the griping of business travelers about air travel delay caused by sequester cuts to the FAA.

Twelve were sincere conservatives — such as Michigan Republican Justin Amash — who really do want to reduce not just spending but the role of government.

Apr 30, 2013 In The News

Members of the University of Wisconsin’s student government hosted a question-and-answer session with a congressman representing the Madison area Monday to talk about student issues at the federal level. 

Apr 22, 2013 In The News

Two of Madison’s elected officials are getting some love from the Washington Blade, a gay magazine in Washington, D.C.

Apr 17, 2013 In The News

The Capitol Hill office of gay freshman Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) is noticeably bare as one might expect from a lawmaker who began his first term in office just a few months ago.

Apr 8, 2013 In The News

When people first enter politics, it can take a while before they settle down and reach across the aisle. That was certainly the case with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).

Elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1998 to replace then-state Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Pocan quickly gained a reputation for being an outspoken progressive. It was a label he worked to earn.