Past Events – Advocacy – Darling Madison

BioForward Speaker Series: Congressman Mark Pocan and Senator Alberta Darling's Office

An advocacy event featuring Congressman Mark Pocan (D) and Deej Lundgren of State Senator Alberta Darling’s office.Mark Pocan, which provided a federal perspective on key initiatives Pocan has supported that benefit the biohealth industry such as the 21st Century Cures act and what he foresees for the future support toward our industry. Deej Lundgren provided an update on Alberta Darling’s efforts in the Bio-Health space including efforts in collaboration with BioForward.

  • BioForward Advocacy Update

About Congressman Mark Pocan

Following 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly, Congressman Mark Pocan was sworn in on January 3, 2013, as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s second district, which includes Dane, Green, Iowa, LaFayette, Sauk, and portions of Rock and Richland counties. A small business owner, union member and lifelong advocate for progressive causes, Rep. Pocan is committed to using his unique experience from both the private and public sector to fight for polices that promote job growth and support the families of south central Wisconsin. In Congress, he serves on both the Budget Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and as 1st Vice-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Pocan has also been appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic Caucus.

About Senator Alberta Darling

A passion for protecting, educating, and improving the lives of children brought Alberta Darling to the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1990. She served briefly in the Assembly before being elected in 1992 to the Senate, where she has served since. Her experience and advocacy for children, education and health care has vaulted her onto the state’s most powerful committees, including Joint Finance, the state’s budget writing committee and the Education Committee as well as many important Boards and working groups.

About Deej Lundgren

Deej brings an extensive background in government to his current role as Senator Alberta Darling’s chief of staff. He joined the Senator’s office in July of 2015. Prior to his appointment with Senator Darling, he served as a legislative liaison in the office of Governor Scott Walker. He previously served as a staffer in the Wisconsin State Senate and State Assembly.

Preceding his time in Wisconsin, Deej served in both the private and non-profit sectors in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for implementing a broad range of strategies and goals in roles ranging from communications director to small business owner.

Deej received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in political science and is currently pursuing his Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University. He resides in the Madison area with an amazing wife and three children – the youngest being born in March of this year.



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  • April 25, 2016

  • University Research Park - MG&E Innovation Center

  • Madison, WI