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ENG: Stephen Ira Cohen (born May 24, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Tennessee's 9th district includes almost three-fourths of Memphis. Cohen is Tennessee's first Jewish congressman. Early life, education, and law career Cohen was born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 24, 1949 to pediatrician Morris D. Cohen and his wife Genevieve. He has two older brothers, Michael Corey and Martin D. Cohen. He is a fourth-generation Memphian, and is the grandson of a Jewish newsstand owner who immigrated from Lithuania. Cohen contracted polio when he was five, and the disease caused him to shift his attention from sports to politics at an early age. When Cohen was eleven, John F. Kennedy made a ...
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Congressman Calls For Investigation On Mo’ Money Taxes

Congressman Steve Cohen out of Memphis plans to join a Virginia Congressman in sending a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder calling for an investigation into Mo' Money Taxes. This time of year is big business for tax preparers, but the response from Mo' Money Taxes customers is anything but positive. Customers all over the southeast have been complaining to the news media about the company. Just this week all six stores in the Norfolk, Virginia area were shut down and computers taking away by police. "The police took the computers out. They're not seized. They just took them out ...

Congressman Cut Off From Own Synagogue

Democrat Steve Cohen, the first Jewish congressman to represent a district in Tennessee, has lost a key constituency, the small Jewish community in Memphis, after the borders of his district were redrawn.Cohen’s Ninth District has been reshaped in a way that cut him off from most of the Jews living in Memphis. Even Cohen’s synagogue will be represented by another congressman.The redistricting was determined by Tennessee’s Republican-led state legislature, following the latest U.S. Census.Cohen appealed the decision and asked for an adjustment that would have kept the Jewish ...

Steve Cohen regrets losing Jewish voters in Tenn.’s 9th

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), the first Jewish congressman ever elected in Tennessee, will be running in a fundamentally new 9th Congressional District this year without a strong base of support from the Jewish community in Memphis. On Friday, the Tennessee Senate approved a redistricting map that would effectively move most of Cohen’s Memphis-area Jewish constituency into the 8th Congressional District, represented by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.). Cohen, who represented most of the Memphis Jewish community for 20 years in the state senate and U.S. House of Representatives, expressed ...

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Celebrating Black History Month
Dear Friend, This week, I celebrated the start of Black History Month, cosponsored legislation to stop President Donald Trump’s unconstitutional executive order banning refugees and citizens from majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, spoke out against this executive order on the House floor and on CSPAN’s Washington Journal, was pleased to hear Dunbar Elementary School in Orange Mound will not close, introduced legislation to expand access to voting, wrote to the Department of Justice concerning voter suppression, recognized U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton III for his service, attended a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing with FedEx CEO and Chairman Fred Smith, introduced legislation to combat human trafficking, introduced legislation to put veterans back to work, appeared on CNN to discuss President Trump’s foreign policy decisions, and opposed President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Keep reading to learn more about my week and
Cohen’s Statement on the Confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted nearly along party lines to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as the next Attorney General of the United States: “I am disappointed Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate as the next Attorney General,” said Congressman Cohen. “It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a man who has not sought to advance voting rights, civil rights or women’s rights nor has sought to advocate for the Bill of Rights, except for the Second and Tenth Amendments, becomes Attorney General of the United States. Furthermore, his positions on criminal justice are repressive and outdated.” Earlier today Congressman Cohen participated in a march with his House colleagues to the floor of the U.S. Senate in protest of the nomination of Senator Sessions as Attorney General. Photos of th
Congressman Nadler, Conyers, and Cohen Introduce Resolution In Wake of Donald Trump’s Personal Attacks Against Judiciary
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee, along with Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN), each of the other Democratic Members of the House Judiciary Committee, and more than 20 additional cosponsors introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives reaffirming support for an independent judiciary and opposing personal attacks on judges and the judicial system.   In the wake of Judge James Robart’s order placing a temporary stay on the President’s Executive Order banning travel from certain countries, Donald Trump launched a personal attack against Judge Robart, labeling him a “so-called judge”, and threatening political retribution.  This was followed by repeated comments aimed at Judge Robart personally, as well as continued barbs speaking disparagingly of th
Cohen Introduces Bill to Put Our Veterans Back to Work
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act to help reduce veteran unemployment and train our nation’s heroes for good-paying, high-demand jobs. Congressman Cohen’s legislation would reauthorize the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which helps train unemployed veterans for careers in high-demand occupations, through 2020. VRAP expired in March 2014. This legislation would also directs the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General to award grants to hire veterans as firefighters and law enforcement officers.  “Our nation’s veterans put their lives on the line to secure our freedom and our safety,” said Congressman Cohen. “We must do all that we can to repay their sacrifices and help them get back on their feet when they return home. I am proud to introduce the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act to make sure that unemployed veterans have access to the support they need t

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