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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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Reps. Cohen and Shimkus Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming U.S. Support for NATO and Eastern European Countries
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), and Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), Co-Chair of the House Baltic Caucus and member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, introduced a bipartisan resolution today expressing strong support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the countries of Eastern Europe. The resolution recognizes that NATO remains the most important and critical security link between the United States and Europe. It also recognizes the United States’ strong commitment to the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic development of the countries that have emerged from the former Soviet Union, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova. A copy of the resolution can be found here. “NATO is critical to the safety and security of the United States and our European allies,” said Congressman Cohen. “Over the pas
Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dear Friend, This week, I honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 49th anniversary of his death and the 50th anniversary of his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, introduced a bill to rebuild trust between the police and the African American community, introduced a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the United States’ support for NATO and Eastern Europe, met with GRAMMY Award winning artist Bobby Rush and representatives from the Recording Academy, met with Debbie Smith to discuss funding for untested rape kits, and received an award from the Humane Society for my work on animal rights issues. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen. Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Working to Rebuild Trust Between Police and the African American CommunityReaffirming U.S. Support for NATO and Eastern EuropeSupporting the Music Industry Reducing the Rape Kit BacklogFighti
Fighting for Federal Funding for the Legal Services Corporation
Dear Friend, I led a bipartisan letter to the House Appropriations Committee Chairman and Ranking Member urging them to keep federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation. I also sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging an investigation into the recent United Airlines incident, spoke with The Commercial Appeal about President Trump’s policies on medical marijuana and reacted to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s controversial, inappropriate and inaccurate comments on Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen. Fighting for Federal Funding for the Legal Services CorporationUrging an Investigation into the United Airlines Incident Advocating for the Legalization of Medical MarijuanaReacting to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Comments on HitlerBringing Congress to Your CornerSign Up for My New Grants E-NewsletterQuote of the We
Reps. Cohen and Clay, Senator Duckworth Introduce Police Training and Independent Review Act
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, Congressman Lacy Clay (D-MO), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today led a coalition of more than 90 members of Congress in introducing the Police Training and Independent Review Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The Police Training and Independent Review Act would encourage states to use independent prosecutors to investigate and, if need be, prosecute instances of police use of deadly force. It would also encourage states to provide improved training for police officers. The legislation has been endorsed by the NAACP. “America received a wakeup call in Ferguson, Missouri,” said Congressman Cohen. “It received another in Staten Island, New York. It received yet another in Ohio, South Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Oklahoma and in my district in Memphis, Tennessee. Our nation faces sobering questions

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