Mark Pocan - D
Remarks: My name is Mark Pocan and I'm a small business owner and state Representative. I've run a small union print shop for more than half my life that I built from scratch. And I've learned first-hand that you can offer your employees a decent wage and a fair deal and still be successful.
So in the legislature I've fought for a fair deal for middle class families by taking on special interests and getting results. I closed the Las Vegas loophole so Wisconsin companies pay taxes here in Wisconsin, and I worked across the aisle to pass the American Jobs Act so that state tax dollars don't go to companies that ship jobs overseas.
In Congress, I will stand up to extremists and work to create new jobs by investing in small businesses and closing tax loopholes for corporations and millionaires so we can give breaks to the people who need them most.
I've spent my career fighting for working families in Wisconsin and I hope to continue to do that as your representative.
Bio: Mark Pocan has spent nearly 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing one of the strongest progressive districts in the state. Yet, his political roots took hold in blue-collar Kenosha, Wisconsin where he got his start at age eight delivering campaign literature door-to-door for his father, a long-time city alderman.
This divergent background made its mark on Pocan's politics and leadership style. His reputation is strong, even among his opponents, as an official who fights hard, but fair. He can bridge political divides and set aside ideology to achieve victories without compromising his progressive values. This unusual combination earned him top ranking as "best legislator" from peers and observers on both sides of the political aisle in Milwaukee Magazine the last time rankings were compiled in 2009.
Pocan came to Madison to attend college and shortly after earning a degree in journalism in 1986, opened up his own small business – a union printing company he continues to own and run today. His active years at UW-Madison in College Democrats led to his election in 1991 to the Dane County Board of Supervisors where he served Madison's downtown community for three terms. In 1998, he was elected to succeed his long-time friend and ally Tammy Baldwin as the state representative from the 78th District, when she left for Congress.