State Rep. Mark Pocan told delegates it's not enough to "talk the talk, or even walk the walk" as he vies for the Dem nomination in the 2nd CD.
He said that district, in particular, has a responsibility to elect a progressive who will fight every day in Congress.
"We need people who fought the fight and won, and I have done that, and I have the battle scars to prove it," the Madison Dem told delegates.
Pocan said he's been on the front lines the Legislature in the fight for equality, and touted his work to expand health care coverage as chairman of the Joint Finance Committee.
And he warned that Republicans today are out to dismantle the social safety net decades in the making.
"We need to send our most accomplished and experienced progressives to take on the Tea Party that has taken over the Republican Party," Pocan said.
Pocan also noted that he's owned a union printing shop for more than 20 years and that he's a union member himself, saying Congress "could use a few more people who know what it's like for the middle class."