Mark Pocan

Mark Pocan (b. August 14, 1964) is an openly gay politician and businessman who has served in the U.S. States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district, since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1999 to 2013. In November 2012, Pocan won the general election to replace Tammy Baldwin, a fellow Democrat who was elected to the U.S. Senate. [ Wikipedia → ]

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IOC pressured by All Out, U.S. lawmakers to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday came under increased pressure to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination and ensure future host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ Read more → ]

Domestic Partner bills would ensure all federal employees receive equal benefits

Thursday, September 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would extend employee benefit programs to cover same-sex domestic partners of federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits was introduced Thursday in the U.S. House and Senate. [ Read more → ]

Lawmakers introduce LGBT-inclusive runaway, homeless youth act

Friday, August 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) on Thursday introduced legislation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender runaway and homeless youth. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), left, and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)

Lawmakers announce bill to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday proposed legislation that would ensure gay and lesbian service members who were discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation would have their military records upgraded to reflect honorable service. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and husband Philip Frank.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s husband receives House Spouse ID

Friday, May 10, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
The new LGB members of the U.S. House. Clockwise, from upper left clockwise: Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan.Photos: Kyrsten Sinema, courtesy photo; Mark Takano, courtesy photo; Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan by Michael Key, Washington Blade.

Newly elected out U.S. House members talk LGBT issues

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Nov. 6 election resulted in four new lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates winning seats in the House of Representatives and all eyes are now on them to see what they’ll do on LGBT issues upon taking office. [ Read more → ]
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Mark Pocan will be next openly-LGBT member of Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan will succeed Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time an openly LGBT member of Congress will be followed by another in the same Congressional District. [caption id="attachment_67197" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark Pocan[/caption] Pocan easily... [ Read more → ]
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GOP campaign worker recants ‘gay bashing’ story; now faces criminal charges

Monday, October 29, 2012
A volunteer for a GOP candidate for U.S. Congress who claimed he was attacked because he is gay and Republican, has recanted his story and could now face criminal charges that include obstructing police or filing a false police report. [ Read more → ]

Gay congressional candidate wins key primary in Wisconsin

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The next openly gay member of Congress will almost certainly be Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan, a progressive small business owner who won the Democratic primary tonight in the Congressional District that has been represented by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin for the past 14 years. [ Read more → ]
Mark Pocan

Openly gay Wisconsin lawmaker considers House bid if Baldwin runs for U.S. Senate

Monday, June 6, 2011
An openly gay Wisconsin state lawmaker has confirmed he is "seriously considering" a run for the U.S. House of Representatives if Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) vacates her seat in a bid for the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]
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