U.S. Congress, District 2
Comprised of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the U.S. Congress is responsible for making laws for the country. It has legislative power to spend and tax in order to provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare of the citizenry. Members of both the House and Senate attend to constituents’ requests and problems with the government. Each state elects two senators who represent the whole state for 6-year terms. The House of Representatives has 435 members who are elected to 2-year terms from districts within the states. Wisconsin has 8 House of Representatives districts. The annual salary for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate has been $174,000 since 2009.
Mark Pocan (Democratic), Incumbent
MARK POCAN (Dem)
1. Please describe your priorities for your term in office and your specific qualifications to effectively address those issues. Growing and strengthening the middle class continues to be my priority. For far too long, corporations and special interests have driven our nation’s economic policy, leaving working families behind. In Congress, I’ve introduced legislation that would raise wages for workers, grant them benefits like paid sick days and family leave, and make it easier to unionize. As a small business owner and union member I recognize the challenges working families face and I’m committed to finding solutions.
2. What will you do to reduce gun violence and keep our neighborhoods and schools safe? Communities across the country are suffering the effects of the gun violence epidemic, but despite these tragedies, Republicans in Congress refuse to act. We cannot stay silent while thousands of Americans are killed by guns each year, which is why I’m a co-sponsor of commonsense legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, mandate universal background checks for all firearm purchases, and raise the minimum age to buy a gun.
3. If elected, what would you do to reduce the ill effects of climate change? Climate change represents one of the greatest threats to our planet and our people. As a Member of Congress, I will continue to fight for the U.S. to move towards a green, sustainable, and renewable economy. The U.S. should be a leader on the efforts to reduce the ill effects of climate change and I’m committed to fighting the President’s decisions to open our coasts and the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling, to weaken laws that ensure clean air and water, and to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.
4. What role do you believe the government should play in regard to the relationship a woman has with her health care provider? Do you think reproductive health care services should be singled out for increased scrutiny from the government? Why or why not? The government has an obligation to ensure that every woman has affordable access to the health care she needs. Further, a woman should be able to make decisions regarding family planning in consultation with her doctor, without the government’s input. Attacks on reproductive health care services are unwarranted and I do not support additional scrutiny by the government. I will do all that I can to fight for a woman’s right to make the decisions that are best for her and her family.