Mark Pocan

Republican Members Hear from Obamacare Supporters
Democrats hold rallies to defend Obama’s signature law

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., called a swarm of Obamacare supporters at a constituent event "partisan activists." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican members of Congress heard from constituents supportive of the Affordable Care Act over the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend as they take steps to repeal the law.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., saw hundreds of people at a constituent meeting event at a library in Aurora, according to one eyewitness account to 9News.

For 20, a New Year’s Boost in House Legislative Sway
How the winners of top committee assignments made their own luck

Keep an eye peeled for these House members with plum new committee assignments, from left to right, first row: Pete Aguilar, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Katherine M. Clark, Ryan A. Costello, Carlos Curbelo; second row: Suzan DelBene, Debbie Dingell, Brian Higgins, John Moolenaar, Grace Meng; third row: Dan Newhouse, Scott Peters, Mark Pocan, Raul Ruiz, David Schweikert; fourth row: Terri A. Sewell, Scott Taylor, Tim Walberg, Jackie Walorski and Mimi Walters. (Bill Clark, Meredith Dake-O’Connor and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos. Scott Taylor courtesy Scott Taylor for U.S. Congress)

Specialization seasoned with seniority is the surest recipe for a meaningful legislative career in the House, which is more than big enough to swallow all the dilettantes and short-timers without a trace. It’s finding a substantive niche, then fitting in over the long haul, that proves perennially frustrating for many members. 

But the goal of becoming a successful and substantive lawmaker just got a whole lot easier for a score of them.

Word on the Hill: Free Condoms
Congressional showdown on VP debate stage

The Kelly Ayotte for Senate campaign is making an appeal to young voters this week — by handing out condoms.

Obama Takes Troubled Trade Portfolio to Asia
Has current political climate made big accords toxic?

From left, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, hold a 2015 event outside the Capitol urging congress not to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama goes to Asia this week promoting a trade agenda that appears imperiled by anti-globalization sentiment at home and abroad that could undo years of negotiations.

Tough comments recently from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and from two European leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership all but signaled the delay and even possible death of both accords.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Survives Primary from Left
Former DNC chairwoman defeated Bernie Sanders-backed candidate

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won the party's primary in Florida's 23rd District on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz fended off a primary challenge from Bernie Sanders-backed law professor Tim Canova in Florida's 23rd District on Tuesday night. 

The incumbent won 57 percent of the vote to Canova's 43 percent with 56 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. 

Kaine Chooses To Play Attack Dog in Convention Speech
Vice presidential candidate makes little direct appeal to progressives

Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine takes the stage. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 11:45 p.m. |  Sen. Tim Kaine was not progressive Democrats' first pick for vice president, and he's unlikely to have changed many minds after his convention speech Wednesday.  

In his big introduction speech to the world, Kaine spent more time talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump than himself.  

LGBT Members of Congress: Gay Clubs Are Safe Havens
"Nightlife in the LGBT community is not just about having a good time," Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., and his husband, Randy, Florke, right, pose with their daughters Daley, 15, left, and Essie, 13. (Photo By Tom Williams)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney met his husband at a New York club known for its gay dance nights.   

It was the early 1990s. The New York Democrat was still in the closet at the time. The club was a place where he could be himself.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.