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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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Giving Consumers Access to a Free Credit Score
Dear Friend, This week, I introduced a bill to require that a consumer’s credit score be included with their annual free credit report, met with constituents about the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and announced my plans to introduce a bipartisan amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill to establish a minimum seat size on airplanes for the safety and health of passengers. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see these updates as they happen. Giving Consumers Access to a Free Credit ScoreFighting to Raise the Minimum WageEnsuring the Safety and Health of Airline PassengersCelebrating Earth DayHonoring Harriet Tubman on the $20 BillBuilding a New Solar Farm in MillingtonTaking a Stand for Civil RightsRedesigning My Website The IRS Urges Public to Stay Alert for Scam Phone Calls Giving Consumers Access to a Free Credit Score On Wednesday, I introduced the Fair Access to Credit Scores Act of
Honoring Baseball Legend and Civil Rights Icon Jackie Robinson
Dear Friend, This week, I honored baseball legend and civil rights icon Jackie Robinson on the House floor for Jackie Robinson Day, congratulated Coach Tubby Smith for being named the University of Memphis’s new head men’s basketball coach, received the Humane Award from the Humane Society for my legislative work on animal rights, stood up for a woman's right to choose during a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Liberties hearing, sent a letter with Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Peter DeFazio to TVA CEO and President Bill Johnson seeking answers about the proposed Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) pension cuts, and met with representatives from the Recording Academy to discuss issues important to the music industry. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see these updates as they happen. Honoring Baseball Legend and Civil Rights Icon Jackie RobinsonCongratulating New Memphis T
Congressman Cohen Introduces Bill to Give Consumers Free Credit Scores
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today reintroduced The Fair Access to Credit Scores Act of 2016, which would include a reliable, accurate credit score with the free annual credit reports available to consumers by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. April is National Financial Literacy Month. “A good credit score means better interest rates on mortgages, bank loans and credit cards, smaller deposits for rent or utilities and even lower insurance premiums,” said Congressman Cohen. “Unfortunately, many Americans may find monitoring their credit scores to be difficult and expensive because gaining access to reliable and affordable information about their credit scores is not nearly as easy as it should be. The Fair Access to Credit Scores Act would require that a consumer’s credit score be included with their annual free credit report.” Recently, John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, highlighted the credit reporting industry and questioned how credit
Cohen and Kinzinger Plan to Offer Airplane Seat Size Amendment to House FAA Bill
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) announced today they plan to offer a bipartisan amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill to establish a minimum seat size on commercial airlines as well as a minimum distance between rows of seats to protect the safety and health of airline passengers. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Bill earlier today and it now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. The amendment is based on the bipartisan Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act (H.R. 4490), introduced earlier this year by Congressman Cohen and cosponsored by Congressman Kinzinger. “Planes need to be capable of rapid evacuation in case of emergency, yet appropriate testing has not been done on all of today’s smaller seats,” said Congressman Cohen. “In addition, doctors have warned that deep vein



 
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