pocan221Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan will succeed Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time an openly LGBT member of Congress will be followed by another in the same Congressional District.

Pocan easily won his general election in the state’s 2nd Congressional District, which Baldwin has represented since 1998.  She decided to leave the seat to run for the U.S. Senate this year, a race that has not been called yet this evening.

“Mark is an outstanding public servant and he will be a fantastic member of Congress,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.  ”Nobody is better suited to follow in Tammy Baldwin’s footsteps in the House.  He’s a fighter, and he’ll be a strong voice for LGBT equality.”