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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 Awarded with Perfect Score for Votes on Reproductive Choice
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) was awarded with a perfect score by NARAL Pro-Choice America on their 2013 Congressional Record on Choice. The Congressman supported the rights and privacy of American women in all of the votes that the organization included in its 2013 scorecard. “It is an honor to be recognized for my record protecting women’s rights and health care choices,” said Congressman Cohen. “While there are some in Congress who want to repeal the last 50 years’ worth of advances in reproductive rights, I will continue to stand with women and do whatever I can to make sure no one tramples on their rights.” NARAL Pro-Life America is a private organization that promotes women's reproductive choices and supports action to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible to all women.
Cohen Statement on the Passing of Ted Welch
[MEMPHIS, TN] - Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) released the following statement upon learning of the passing of Ted Welch: “When I needed some guidance and help in passing the Tennessee Education Lottery, Ted Welch did not hesitate and was a strong supporter to have in my corner. His role in contributing to the educations of thousands and thousands of Tennessee’s HOPE Scholars cannot be overstated. I appreciate all that he did on both sides of the aisle and I am deeply saddened by news of his passing. Ted’s loss will be felt throughout Tennessee and our nation.”
Cohen to Speaker Boehner: Don't Leave Jobless Veterans Behind
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today joined 160 of his Democratic colleagues from the U.S. House of Representatives in sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner urging an immediate up-or-down vote to extend the expired unemployment insurance program. This letter follows a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which found that 200,000 veterans are among the more than two million people who have lost their unemployment benefits since they expired at the end of last year. “Unemployment insurance is critical for these Veterans to be able feed their families and put a roof over their head as they seek to transition from combat to career or try to get back on their feet with a new job,” reads the letter. “For the sake of these Veterans who are heroes, we urge you to allow an up-or-down vote on a proposal to extend unemployment insurance as soon as possible.” The number of Americans who have lost their unemployment benefits surpassed two mil
Cohen Urges Tennessee Legislators to Vote Against Governor's Plan to Cripple HOPE Scholarships
[MEMPHIS, TN] – With the Education Committees in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly set to vote this week on Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to raid funds from the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship and cripple HOPE Scholarships and ASPIRE Grants, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) over the weekend contacted several members of each committee and urged them to oppose the “Tennessee Promise” plan. For 20 years in the General Assembly, then-Senator Cohen worked to create the Tennessee Education Lottery that funds the HOPE and ASPIRE programs, and over the last 10 years has been an outspoken and steadfast defender of the successful program that has provided $2.9 billion to Tennessee’s best and brightest young adults. “The ‘Tennessee Promise’ program is being pushed through the legislative process at lightning speed,” said Congressman Cohen. “The people of Tennessee have not been adequately informed of the crippling harm that enacting the Governor’s plan woul

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