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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 Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Honoring 50th Anniversary of James Meredith’s March Against Fear
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) today introduced a bipartisan resolution with Congressman Trent Kelly (R-MS), Congressman Bennie Thompson (R-MS) and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) honoring the 50th anniversary of James Meredith’s March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi to encourage African Americans to register to vote. “James Meredith’s March Against Fear was a significant part of Memphis and civil rights history,” said Congressman Cohen. “Just after leaving Memphis to begin his courageous voting rights march from Memphis to Jackson, Meredith was ambushed and shot in North Mississippi. Subsequently, civil rights leaders quickly met at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Memphis to plan a resumption of the march.  They were aided by the church’s brilliant leader, Reverend James M. Lawson.  They were also aided by the Memphis chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. and civil rights leaders Maxine and Vasco Smith, Jesse Turner, Russ
Support for Bill to Address Police Shootings Continues to Grow
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – As a tragic week laced with deadly violence both against and by police draws to a close, support for a bill to help reform policing and restore trust continues to gain momentum in Congress.  On Friday, the number of cosponsors of the Police Training and Independent Review Act (H.R. 2302) grew to 70.  “This week has been tragic,” said Congressman Steve Cohen. “I grieve for the police officers who lost their lives in Dallas and my thoughts are with their families. I was a police legal advisor for more than three years and greatly respect the difficult and essential job that law enforcement does.  We must have police to have an open and safe society.” “I also continue to grieve for the victims in Louisiana and Minnesota.  We need a hearing in Congress and we need action.  The Police Training and Independent Review Act would help reform policing and restore trust by having independent reviews for police shootings.” Congressman Cohen spoke on the
Congressman Cohen’s Statement on the Passing of Elie Wiesel
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) released the following statement today on the passing of Elie Wiesel:  "I am saddened by the death of Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, one of the great moral forces in the world," said Congressman Cohen. "Elie Wiesel was in the same class as Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Congressman John Lewis. He was brilliant, pure, honest and courageous.  I met Elie Wiesel when I was a Tennessee State Senator and he was honored at Vanderbilt. He was the inspiration for me founding the Tennessee Holocaust Commission in 1987. I have a picture of him and me hanging in the foyer of my Washington, D.C. office. The photo was taken when he was honored at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. I last saw him in June 2011 at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. His voice was strong and will be sorely missed. He was one of my heroes. Never forget."
Cohen Calls on Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on Police Training and Independent Review Act
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – In the wake of recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Liberties, today called on the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on H.R. 2302 the Police Training and Independent Review Act. This legislation would help encourage states to use independent prosecutors to investigate and, if need be, prosecute police use of deadly force. It would also provide improved training for police officers. A video of Congressman Cohen’s remarks can be found here. “In the wake of the two most recent police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, I call on Chairman Goodlatte to hold a hearing on the Police Training and Independent Review Act in the House Judiciary Committee,” said Congressman Cohen. “Both instances were caught on video and show white police officers killing black men. This has become all too common. Black lives matter. The Police

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