Madison, WI — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) today kicked off his campaign for re-election in Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District. Pocan filed the necessary paperwork this week with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

“It has been the highest honor to represent the people of Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District. I came to Washington to be a voice for everyone who struggles to make ends meet, who wants a strong economy that encourages jobs and family supporting wages, and who wants affordable high-quality college education for their children. Today, I renew the pledge I made more than two years ago that I will continue to fight for you.”

Mark Pocan, a small businessman and union employer for more than 25 years, was born and raised in Kenosha and moved to Madison, to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was elected in 2012 to succeed Tammy Baldwin as the Representative of Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District when Baldwin was elected to the United States Senate. Previously, Mark Pocan served 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing the 78th Assembly district. In 1991, Pocan was elected to the Dane County Board. He served Madison’s downtown community for three terms.

Pocan has earned a reputation as a skillful legislator who can bridge Washington’s political divide to win progressive victories and deliver results for his constituents. His fierce advocacy for economic justice and protecting civil rights was recognized by his colleagues earning him the 2013 New Member of the Year award from the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

In his first term, Pocan sponsored many key progressive pieces of legislation on college affordability, LGBT protections, preserving Medicare and Social Security, protect women’s choice, the environment and climate change, and reforming our nation’s immigration laws and budget process. He also introduced amendments to the United States Constitution to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling and protect the affirmative right to vote for all Americans.

During his first term in Congress, Mark Pocan was appointed to the U.S. House Budget Committee and the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Pocan was also recognized by the House Democratic leadership who appointed him Assistant House Whip.