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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 Commends President Obama for Commuting Sentences of 111 Americans Serving Unjustly Long Sentences
[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today commended President Obama’s decision to commute the sentences of 111 largely non-violent drug offenders. Earlier this month, President Obama announced the commutation of sentences for 214 non-violent drug offenders. With today’s additional 111 grants, the President has commuted the sentences of 325 people in the month of August alone. This is the greatest number of commutations ever granted by a president in a single month. Today’s commutations represent the President’s continued commitment to using his pardon and commutation powers to right the wrongs of outdated and discriminatory federal policies, and to provide a second chance to deserving individuals. “Continued commutations for those serving unjustly long sentences for non-violent drug convictions are encouraging, yet so many more need the same justice” said Congressman Co
Celebrating a Woman's Right to Vote
Dear Friend, This week, I celebrated the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and Tennessee’s role in the process as the Perfect 36, spoke at the Mid-South Minority Business Council Economic Development Forum Luncheon, met with representatives of Arc Mid-South to discuss issues affecting people with disabilities, and celebrated the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see these updates as they happen. Celebrating a Woman’s Right to VoteHelping Minority Businesses in Memphis Succeed Fighting for People with DisabilitiesCelebrating the 100th Birthday of the National Park ServiceBringing Congress to your Corner Celebrating a Woman’s Right to Vote Bas-relief commemorating women’s suffrage by Alan LeQuire hanging in the Tennessee State Capitol Wednesday was the anniversary of Tennessee becoming the Perfect 36, or the pivotal 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19t
Commending President Obama for Commuting 111 Sentences
Dear Friend, This week, I commended President Obama’s commutations of the unjust sentences of 111 prisoners, spoke at the swearing-in ceremony for General Sessions Court Clerk Ed Stanton, Jr., attended the Fighting for $15 public meeting, applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement of SuperTruck II awards for Memphis businesses, and joined my staff at the Orange Mound Community Center for Congress on Your Corner to assist constituents with navigating federal agencies. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see these updates as they happen. Commending President Obama for Commuting 111 SentencesCelebrating the Swearing-in of Ed Stanton Jr.Fighting to Raise the Minimum WageDepartment of Energy SuperTruck II Awards to Memphis BusinessesBringing Congress to Your Corner Commending President Obama for Commuting 111 SentencesOn Tuesday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 111 prisoners for largely nonviolent drug-related
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today praised the Department of Energy’s (DOE) selection of four companies to participate in the DOE’s SuperTruck II Program.  The Department of Energy’s SuperTruck II program seeks to make dramatic improvements in the freight efficiency of heavy-duty Class 8 long-haul, commonly known as 18-wheelers, and regional-haul vehicles. Improvements include hybridization, more efficient idling, and high efficiency HVAC technologies For SuperTruck II, the Energy Department has selected the following four SuperTruck II teams for projects of $20 million in federal funding to develop and demonstrate cost-effective technologies, and each recipient will match that amount, dollar-for-dollar: •             Cummins, Inc. (Columbus, IN) will design and develop a new more-efficient engine and advanced drivetrain and vehicle technologies. •             Daimler Trucks North America LLC (Portland, OR) will develop a

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