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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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Congressman Cohen Commemorates 151st Anniversary of Juneteenth
[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) issued the following statement commemorating the 151st anniversary of Juneteenth and recognizing the 23rd Annual Celebration of the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival, formerly known as the Memphis Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival: “Each year, Juneteenth is observed on June 19th and is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States,” said Congressman Cohen. “I am proud to have authored and passed the first Congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow when I arrived in Washington. While we have made strides, there are still lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow in our society and we must take the actions necessary to rectify the remaining consequences of America’s original sin and achieve equality for all people. This year marks the 23rd annual Juneteenth Urban Music Festival in Memphis. Given Memphis’s rich history in African American culture and contributions, with
Congressman Cohen's Statement on the Passing of George Lapides
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) released the following statement upon learning of the passing of sports journalism icon George Lapides: “Today I was saddened, but not surprised, to learn of the passing of Memphis sports journalism icon George Lapides,” said Congressman Cohen. “George loved Memphis, and gave us over half a century of insights into our favorite local teams, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and national sports stars which we otherwise would not have been able to enjoy. George had contacts with the most knowledgeable and celebrated athletes and sports celebrities, and brought them home to us. “More importantly, he taught us to face death with grace, and to live life to the end. In both longevity and perspective, he is a Lou Gehrig.”  
ON HOUSE FLOOR NOW: John Lewis, Steve Cohen, Democrats’ begin unprecedented sit-in to demand gun violence votes
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and members of the House of Representatives led by Congressman John Lewis have begun a sit-in demonstration on the floor of the House of Representatives. The group of Democrats is demanding that Speaker Ryan keep the House in session through its planned recess to debate and vote on gun violence legislation. Specifically, the group is pushing for a vote on expanded background checks and legislation preventing gun sales to suspected terrorists. In a letter to Speaker Ryan, the group outlined their objectives.
Cohen Congratulates Winner of 2016 Congressional Art Competition
***Photos Available*** [WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) welcomed recent Overton High School graduate Cassie Rutherford to his Capitol Hill office to congratulate her on winning this year’s Congressional Art Competition. As the Ninth District’s winner, Ms. Rutherford’s piece, a photograph entitled “Railroad,” will hang in public view on Capitol Hill for the next year. A photo of Ms. Rutherford’s winning piece is available here, and a photo of Ms. Rutherford with Congressman Cohen can be found here. “Cassie’s artwork shows just how talented and accomplished our city’s young artists are,” said Congressman Cohen. “I was proud to select ‘Railroad’ – a unique perspective of an iconic landmark in the city of Memphis, the Harahan Bridge – as the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition. This artwork particularly caught my eye because 2016 is the year of the Harahan Bridge. The biking and walking path being constructed across the

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