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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 Announces More Than $625,000 for the Memphis Zoo
[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced more than $650,000 in federal funding for Memphis through several Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants for the Memphis Zoo and the Metal Museum. The Memphis Zoo was awarded two grants totaling $627,160 for facility upgrades and research projects, and the Metal Museum was awarded $26,000 to help digitize its archives. “This infusion of federal funding will support and improve our city’s world-class zoo for all Memphians and help attract tourists,” said Congressman Cohen. An independent federal agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The IMLS is engaged in grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906 and today houses more than 500 different animal spec
Cohen Announces Nearly $1.4 Million for Memphis International Airport Improvements
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Memphis International Airport will receive $1,383,415 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This funding comes through DOT’s Voluntary Airport Low-Emissions (VALE) program, which is designed to reduce airport emissions and improve the air quality in and around the airport, and will be used to install newer, more efficient air conditioning units in three jet bridges. “This funding will help ensure the Memphis Airport can continue serving travelers comfortably and efficiently while protecting our environment for Memphians who live nearby,” said Congressman Cohen. Memphis International Airport is a world-class facility serving more than 6 million passengers each year. Dedicated in 1929 as the Memphis Municipal Airport with just two major carriers, the airport now hosts several national carriers as well as the FedEx “Super Hub.” Memphis International has grown into the busies
Cohen Commemorates 14th Anniversary of September 11th Terrorist Attacks
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today issued the following statement commemorating the 14th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001: “Today is a day to reflect on the heroism of firefighters, policemen, and first responders from across the nation, thank those who continue to serve and keep us safe, and honor those who died on September 11, 2001. As we remember the tragedy of 9/11 and the horrific act of war against our country by Al Qaeda, we must realize the importance of remaining ever vigilant against extremism and terrorism in all their forms. We must keep each of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who died that day, including Memphian Gary Lasko, in our thoughts. And we must remember our successes in the war on terror, including President Obama’s success in finding and eliminating Osama bin Laden as well as the triumph of the indomitable American spirit evident in the rebuilding of One World Trade Center and creation of the Natio
Cohen-Warren Bill to Protect Job Seekers from Credit-Based Discrimination Introduced in the House
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced his Equal Employment for All Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect job seekers from unfair discrimination from employers based on credit ratings that are often inaccurate and bear little to no correlation to job performance or ability to succeed in the workplace. The legislation, which is sponsored in the Senate by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and cosponsored by 17 of her Senate colleagues, would protect prospective employees from being forced to disclose their credit history as part of an employer’s application process. This week, Senator Warren and Congressman Cohen co-authored an op-ed to underscore the need for this legislation that also appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on TIME, Fox Business and Yahoo. “Using a job applicant’s credit history to deny employment is not just unfair, it also makes no sense because credit scores are not accurate predictors of job performance,” said

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