The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 93 of 93


Rep.-elect Mark Pocan (D-Wis.-02)

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 Baldwin (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.


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