By The Hill Staff - 11/14/12 12:33 AM EST
DATE OF BIRTH: Aug. 14, 1964
BIRTHPLACE: Kenosha, Wis.
RESIDENCE: Madison, Wis.
OCCUPATION: Businessman, journalist
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Wisconsin — Madison
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD:
Dane County Board of Supervisors; member of Wisconsin State Assembly
FAMILY: Partner, Philip Frank
Mark Pocan replaces Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinOvernight Defense: US attempted hostage rescue in Afghanistan | Defense hawks brace for spending fight | Trump slams 'lies' about Iraq war stance Senators want military separation policy to address trauma-related behavior Community development can help close the opportunity divide MORE (D-Wis.), who left to run for Senate, in the 2nd district. He also replaced her in the state Assembly when she left that body to run for the House.
Pocan was one of the more liberal members of the state assembly and ran on that record — a solid move, considering he’s replacing one of the most liberal members of Congress.
He is also openly gay and married his partner, Philip Frank, in Toronto, although their marriage is not legally recognized in Wisconsin.
Pocan was born and raised in Kenosha, Wis. After college, he opened up his own small business, a printing company named Budget Signs & Specialties.