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Openly gay candidate Mark Pocan wins Tammy Baldwin’s US House seat

Openly gay candidate Mark Pocan wins Tammy Baldwin’s US House seat

Wisconsin State Assemblyman Mark Pocan has won a seat in the US House of Representatives and made a little bit of history along the way.

Pocan, who is openly gay, succeeds Tammy Baldwin in the US lower house just as he had in the State Assembly. This marks the first time that one gay legislature follows another for the same seat. Baldwin on Tuesday (6 November) became the first openly gay member of the US Senate.

Pocan, 48, defeated Republican challenger Chad Lee in an electoral district that has been reliably Democratic in the past.

The winner has been an advocate for LGBT equality and served as co-chairman of the Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee.