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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 Announces Opposition to FCC Plan to End Internet Neutrality
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today released the following statement after learning that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to do away with Obama Administration regulations ensuring equal access to the Internet when it meets December 14. “I oppose the FCC plan announced today to dismantle the landmark 2015 Internet Neutrality rule that guarantees access and prohibits high-speed internet service providers from blocking or impeding the availability of websites,” Cohen said. “The FCC is kowtowing to the big internet companies, giving them control over what consumers can see and how much premiere content will cost,” he said. “This kind of deregulation will adversely affect the way the public accesses its information and entertainment, all for the benefit a handful of telecommunications giants.” “I believe the Internet should remain a platform for the free expression of ideas and innovation, and remain fast, fair and open for all users. I am
Congressman Cohen Says Special Counsel Needs Protections
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) went to the well of the House of Representatives Friday to call for action to prevent the president from firing the special counsel looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. See his floor speech here. “Today in federal district court in Washington, Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI, a felony,” Cohen said. “It’s strong indication he’s cooperating with the Mueller investigation concerning Russia and its involvement with President Trump and his team in the election…” Cohen noted that he introduced a constitutional amendment to prohibit presidents from pardoning themselves, their families or administrative and campaign staff. He also called attention to a bill that would prohibit the firing of special counsel without cause. “We must be ready to protect Bob Mueller and the integrity of the rule of law in this country for I foresee this president firing him as Nixon did in the Saturday
Cohen Recognizes World AIDS Day
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) made the following statement in recognition of World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1: “This year’s World AIDS Day theme is ‘Increasing Impact Through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships.’ We’ve made great strides in detecting HIV infections and extending the lives of those diagnosed with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in recent years. Those affected are now able to lead normal lives. But the disease remains a scourge and it’s important for everyone to know their HIV status. “Despite the tragic toll of this disease, we are making historic progress to halt this epidemic. U.S. initiatives like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Ryan White AIDS Program have saved millions of lives around the world and here at home. “We cannot afford to backslide on our commitments to ending this public health emergency. Despite the tremen
Congressman Cohen Hails Approval of Mandatory Training on Workplace Rights for Members and Employees of the House
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) praised today’s passage of a resolution (H. Res. 630) requiring Members and Employees of the House of Representatives to complete anti-discrimination and anti-sexual harassment training. Congressman Cohen was a cosponsor of the resolution, which requires members, their staffs and even unpaid interns to take a course of training in workplace rights and responsibilities, including anti-discrimination and anti-sexual harassment training. “I wholeheartedly support the objective of this legislation which aims to foster a work environment of mutual respect and dignity,” Cohen said. “These issues must be taken seriously, and this is an important step towards making that happen.”                                                                                         ###

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