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.
Op-ed: In Wisconsin, Marriage Is Just the Beginning
June 13 2014 4:30 AM ET

Op-ed: In Wisconsin, Marriage Is Just the Beginning

Mark Pocan

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.

WATCH: Barney's Frank's Emotional ENDA Pitch Still Resonates
November 06 2013 4:59 PM ET

WATCH: Frank's Emotional ENDA Pitch Still Resonates

Sunnivie Brydum

Although the gay congressman retired from the House earlier this year, his very personal pitch to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act back in 2007 is still relevant today.

Editor’s Letter: Time for LGBT Voters to Mature
November 01 2013 4:00 AM ET

Editor’s Letter: Time for LGBT Voters to Mature

Matthew Breen

We, as LGBT voters and givers of campaign dollars, have to be especially discerning.

Op-ed: LGBT Kids In The Bible Belt Need Our Help
October 28 2013 12:00 AM ET

Op-ed: LGBT Kids In The Bible Belt Need Our Help

Joanne Spataro

Why the south needs more shelters for LGBT youth.

Sens. Baldwin, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide Fairness to Domestic Partners
September 19 2013 3:12 PM ET

Sens. Baldwin, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide Fairness to Domestic Partners

Michael Regula

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.

Reps Propose Homeless Youth Act With LGBT Protections
August 02 2013 12:48 PM ET

Reps Propose Homeless Youth Act With LGBT Protections

Daniel Reynolds

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

Proposed Bill Seeks to 'Restore Honor' to Gay Veterans
July 25 2013 6:35 PM ET

Congress Seeks to 'Restore Honor' to Gay Veterans

Daniel Reynolds

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.

Rep. Pocan's Husband First Same-Sex Spouse Recognized by Congress
May 10 2013 3:54 PM ET

Rep. Pocan's Husband First Same-Sex Spouse Recognized by Congress

Trudy Ring

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

Meet the Class of 2013
January 03 2013 5:00 AM ET

Meet the Class of 2013

Michelle Garcia

The 113th Congress has the highest number of openly LGBT members in the body’s history, with six in the House and, for the first time, an openly gay senator. Each politico here brings something unique to the table. They’re all Democrats, and all were endorsed by the Victory Fund, meaning they fully support federal, state, and local efforts to advance LGBT rights. Meet your new representatives.

Pastor Says Churches Can Be As LGBT Accepting as The Ballot Box
November 09 2012 5:46 AM ET

Op-ed: Churches Can Be as Accepting as The Ballot Box

R. Scott Colglazier

A pastor sees the same progress that became evident on election night in his own church.

Editor in Chief Says This Election Proves Being Pro-Equality Is No Longer Risky
November 07 2012 3:20 AM ET

Editor's Letter: Being Pro-Equality Is No Longer Risky

Matthew Breen

The GOP has frozen into an unmovable rigidity, and if it doesn’t thaw, it will splinter and crack, warns The Advocate's Editor-in-Chief Matthew Breen.

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