CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS
Nov. 6, 2012 – 10:21 p.m.
113th Congress: Mark Pocan, D-Wis. (2nd District)
By Meredith Shiner, CQ Staff
Mark Pocan continues to follow the path blazed by Democrat
Like his predecessor, Pocan is an openly gay liberal from Madison who built a lengthy career in state politics. As a state legislator, Pocan fought for increased access to health care, campaign finance restrictions, gay rights and more power for organized labor. A union member himself, Pocan took a vocal role in opposing Republican Gov.
Pocan supports letting the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire, approving the “Buffett rule” to impose a minimum tax on Americans making in excess of $1 million per year, reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, passing legislation that would provide a path to legalization for the children of some illegal immigrants, defending the 2010 health care overhaul and expanding Pell grants and student loans.
“We don’t have a Congress really that’s fighting for the middle class, and I’ve spent my entire lifetime fighting for the middle class,” he said in a mid-October candidates’ forum. “I have been there, and I have a reputation for getting things done, as well as working with people on the other side of the aisle.”
Pocan plays the role of the dove on foreign policy, emphasizing that military intervention should occur only after exhausting all diplomatic efforts.