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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.

Mark Pocan Announced as Chair of Congressional Equality Caucus

The Equality Caucus promotes equality for LGBTQ+ people.

Gay Congressman's Bill Would Strike Out Male Presidential Pronouns

The openly gay official has filed a bill that would change gendered language so LGBTQ people and women can be officially elected.

25 Congressional Dems to LGBT People: We're With You

“I know you’re hearing a lot of hateful rhetoric about our LGBT families,” says Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego. “Please, hang in there.”

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

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.

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

Why the south needs more shelters for LGBT youth.

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

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

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

Congress Seeks to 'Restore Honor' to Gay Veterans

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

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