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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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Addressing the Root Causes of the Baltimore Unrest
Dear Friend, This week, we saw a powder keg of lack of access to education, lack of opportunity, and lack of hope explode with the unrest in Baltimore—it’s clear we must do more to address persistent poverty and prevent police illegal force. It was also busy in Congress, as I was on the floor both Wednesday and Thursday evening until almost midnight, my energy efficiency amendment passed, I introduced legislation to protect students and taxpayers from bad actors in the for-profit college industry, saw how much progress we’ve made in the marijuana reform movement, helped welcome more than 200 new Americans to our city, and listened to the Prime Minister of Japan speak to Congress. Keep reading to learn more about what happened this week, or if you’d like to receive the updates in this eNewsletter (and more) as they happen, simply “like” my Facebook page. Be sure to check it regularly, as it will be updated often with news, pictures, and videos. Addressing the Root Causes of
Reps. Cohen, Takano, Davis Introduce Bill to Protect Students from For-Profit Colleges
[WASHINGTON, DC] – This afternoon, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) joined U.S. Representatives Mark Takano (CA-41) and Susan Davis (CA-53) to announce the Protections and Regulations for Our Students Act (PRO Students Act), a comprehensive bill designed to protect our nation’s students from deceitful practices and bad actors in the for-profit college industry. The PRO Students Act would provide a number of protections to students and taxpayers as well as ensure that for-profit institutions derive at least 15% of their revenue from non-federal student aid as Congressman Cohen proposed in his POST Act.  “For-profit colleges should be held accountable both to the students they claim to educate as well as to the taxpayers who keep their doors open,” said Congressman Cohen. “The PRO Students Act will help protect students from unscrupulous institutions and ensure that tax dollars are used to educate, not pad investors’ wallets. I am proud to join Representatives Takano and Davi
Cohen Announces Nearly $1.9 Million for UTHSC
[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced today that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis was awarded a total of $1,885,417 in federal grant funding for six different research projects. “These significant federal investments will help keep Memphis and the UT Health Science Center at the forefront of the medical research community,” said Congressman Cohen. The following grants were awarded to UTHSC under today’s announcement: $645,184 from the National Eye Institute for the “Nanoplatform and Modeling of the Subretinal and RPE Microenvironment in AMD” project, $327,600 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the “Cholesterol control of alcohol-induced cerebral artery constriction” project, $280,133 from the National Institute on Aging to help answer the question: “Is HSF1 the key in mediating Hsp90 inhibitor effect in AD?” $250,000 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for the “Hospit
Cohen, Polis, Blumenauer Lead Letter Urging White House to Choose Progressive DEA Chief
[WASHINGTON, DC] — Today, Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to nominate a new Drug Enforcement Administration chief that has a more progressive approach to federal drug enforcement. Barbara Lee (D-CA),  Sam Farr (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) also joined in sending the letter. The Representatives urged the President to nominate a DEA Administrator who is willing to work with state and federal officials to create policies that work with­—not against­­—the evolving landscape of state marijuana laws. The letter states that retiring DEA director Michele Leonhart placed too great an emphasis on prosecuting marijuana use and not enough on drug-related activity that truly poses a public-safety risk. “The DEA plays a critical role in promoting the health and safety of Americans. But to succeed in its mission, it must refocus its efforts on cracking down on bad actors w

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