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Rep. Mark Pocan

Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd District

pronounced mahrk // POH-kan

Pocan is the representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Pocan is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 59 years old.

Photo of Rep. Mark Pocan [D-WI2]


Pocan proposed $24 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2024, including:

  • $3.0 million to The River Food Pantry, Inc. for “The River Food Pantry Expanded Facility Construction. City of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, 2nd Congressional District.”
  • $3.0 million to Dane County for “Dane County, WI Digester & Yahara Watershed Improvement Project”
  • $2.4 million to Sauk County, Wisconsin for “Great Sauk State Trail Bicycle Rail Trail Connection. Sauk County, Wisconsin, 2nd Congressional District.”

These are earmark requests which may or may not survive the legislative process to becoming law. Most representatives from both parties requested earmarks for fiscal year 2024. Across representatives who requested earmarks, the median total amount requested for this fiscal year was $39 million.

Earmarks are federal expenditures, tax benefits, or tariff benefits requested by a legislator for a specific entity. Rather than being distributed through a formula or competitive process administered by the executive branch, earmarks may direct spending where it is most needed for the legislator's district. All earmark requests in the House of Representatives are published online for the public to review. We don’t have earmark requests for senators. The fiscal year begins on October 1 of the prior calendar year. Source: Background: Earmark Disclosure Rules in the House


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Pocan.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Pocan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Pocan has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Sep 26, 2023. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Mark Pocan sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Pocan was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Pocan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (26%) Labor and Employment (18%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Health (11%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Commerce (11%) Taxation (5%) International Affairs (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Pocan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Pocan voted Nay

Pocan voted Nay

Pocan voted No

Pocan voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Pocan voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Pocan voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Sep 2023, Pocan missed 226 of 6,146 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: