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Mark Pocan & Philip Frank

Mark Pocan (born August 14, 1964) is an American politician and businessman who has served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district, since 2013. The district is based in the state capital, Madison. On November 24, 2006, Pocan and his long-term partner, Philip Frank, were legally married in Toronto, Ontario. Philip Frank, has become the first same-sex spouse to receive an official congressional spousal ID card. Frank, who had originally received the “designee” card granted to unmarried partners of members of Congress, was issued the spousal ID in May 2013, the Washington Blade reports. The ID was symbolic, since it didn’t qualify for Frank for spousal benefits; the Defense of Marriage Act prevented the federal government from recognizing Pocan and Frank’s marriage, performed in Canada. “We realize that symbolism is great and important, especially when it’s recognized by the House, but even more important is making sure that we get those full benefits for the thousands and thousands of folks who work for the federal government who aren’t recognized in the same way,” Pocan said.

A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1999 to 2013, representing the 78th district. He represented much of downtown Madison, including the Wisconsin State Capitol. In November 2012, Pocan won the general election to replace Tammy Baldwin, a fellow Democrat and longtime friend who was elected to the U.S. Senate, as the next member of Congress from the district. He had also succeeded Baldwin in the State Assembly.


Mark Pocan is an American politician and businessman who has served in the US House of Representatives. On November 24, 2006, Pocan and his long-term partner, Philip Frank, were legally married in Toronto, Ontario. Philip Frank, has become the first same-sex spouse to receive an official congressional spousal ID card. Frank, who had originally received the “designee” card granted to unmarried partners of members of Congress, was issued the spousal ID in May 2013, the Washington Blade reports.

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