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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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Cohen Announces $1.5 Million for Christ Community Health Services
[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced a new federal grant worth $1,575,000 for Christ Community Health Services to help train more primary care doctors and increase access to healthcare services in the Memphis area. This funding comes through the Health Resource and Services Administration’s (HRSA) $230 million nationwide Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education grant program, which was created as part of President Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law, the Affordable Care Act. “Christ Community Health Services provides a vital service to the Memphis community,” said Congressman Cohen.  “This Affordable Care Act funding will help Christ Community Health Services train more doctors and continue to provide the poor, the homeless, and the uninsured with the health care services they need.” To help achieve the program’s goal of increasing the number of primary care residents and improving access to health care services, HRSA’s Teaching Hea
Honoring our Veterans and Working for Progress in the Next Congress
Dear Friend, This week saw low voter turnout for the midterm elections.  Those who exercised their right to vote sent a message to Washington that they are frustrated by gridlock.  I am pleased to continue representing the Ninth District in my 5th term in Congress and I look forward to continuing my work to find common ground and help hardworking Memphians get a fair shot at the American Dream. Keep reading to learn more about what I did this week. Honoring Our Veterans and Hosting My 6th Annual Veterans Day LuncheonWorking for Progress in the Next CongressBuilding a Healthier Memphis with the Affordable Care ActSupporting Whitehaven High School and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology2015 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Calendars Are AvailableSaving the HOPE Scholarship and Fighting for Tennessee Students Honoring Our Veterans and Hosting My 6th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon Veterans Day is a special day set aside to honor those men and women who have served our country in uni
Cohen: Memphians Should Review HealthCare.gov Plan Options to Ensure They Don’t Miss Out on Savings
[MEMPHIS, TN] – With just days before the open enrollment period for health insurance through the HealthCare.gov Marketplace opens, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today reminded Memphians not to miss out on potential savings and additional insurance options available to them this year. While those who enrolled in plans through President Obama’s Affordable Care Act Marketplace last year do not need to re-enroll to maintain coverage for 2015, all citizens whether or not they have previously enrolled are strongly encouraged to visit the newly-redeveloped, more stable, and easier-to-use HealthCare.gov website to ensure they receive the full tax credit to which they are entitled and to review their options as cheaper insurance plans may be available this year. “The Affordable Care Act is already working for thousands of Ninth District families, but everyone should visit HealthCare.gov to make sure they are enrolled in the plan that keeps the most money in their pockets and to ensure
Cohen Named “Champion of Reform” for Commitment to Fixing Nation’s Draconian Marijuana Laws
[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, has been named a 2014 Champion of Reform by the Drug Policy Alliance for his “major contributions” to bringing our federal drug policies into the 21st century and reducing the racial disparities they cause in our criminal justice system. Congressman Cohen is one of only 10 Members of Congress to receive this distinction from the Drug Policy Alliance. “I have spent my career trying to bring sanity to our nation’s outdated and draconian criminal drug laws that unfairly hurt minority communities, said Congressman Cohen. “It is an honor to be recognized as a Champion of Reform in Congress, and I will continue to support policies that are based on sound science and reduce racial disparities.” Among Congressman Cohen’s contributions to drug policy reform are two bills that he has introduced in Congress. The first, his Unmuzzle the Drug Cza

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