Mark Pocan

Mark Pocan is an openly gay politician and former small businessman who took office in the United States House of Representatives at 2013. As a member of the Democratic Party, Mark Pocan previously served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1999 to 2013. Learn every bit of this politician's career, including how he won the general election to replace Tammy Baldwin in 2012. Mark Pocan credits his political activism in part to being violently attacked and beaten outside a gay bar after college. Read more to discover the full story on the openly gay politician.

While the recent court decision to strike down the ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin is a victory, Rep. Mark Pocan says there's still much work to be done in the fight for LGBT equality.

June 13 2014 4:30 AM

Why the south needs more shelters for LGBT youth.

October 28 2013 12:00 AM

The Democratic senator from Wisconsin and the Maine Republican are among the bipartisan sponsors in both chambers of Congress who’ve signed on to support the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2013.

September 19 2013 3:12 PM

U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan have proposed the Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act, which provides specific protections for LGBT youth.

August 02 2013 12:48 PM

Representatives Mark Pocan and Charlie Rangel introduced the 'Restore Honor to Service Members Act,' which would assist thousands of service members discharged for their sexual orientation.

July 25 2013 6:35 PM

Mark Pocan's husband, Philip Frank, is the first same-sex spouse with a congressional spousal ID card.

May 10 2013 3:54 PM