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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 Asks DOJ to Look into Reported Computer Glitches at Shelby County Jail and Courts
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice look into reports of computer glitches at the Shelby County Jail and courts in Tennessee that have caused individuals who have posted bail to remain stuck in jail. A copy of Congressman Cohen’s letter can be found here. “If true, these reports are deeply concerning,” said Congressman Cohen in his letter. “No one should spend one additional minute, let alone days, in jail when, under law, they are supposed to be free. As the Memphis Commercial Appeal so aptly put it, justice delayed is justice denied. I respectfully request that the Department of Justice look into this problem to ensure that civil rights are protected.”
Cohen: First Lady Designates Orange Mound as a Preserve America Community
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that First Lady Michelle Obama designated Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African Americans, as a Preserve America Community. The Preserve America Community program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors. “I am pleased First Lady Michelle Obama designated Orange Mound as a Preserve America Community,” said Congressman Cohen. “I was proud to write a letter of support to the Office of Preservation Initiatives for Orange Mound’s application. The Orange Mound community will benefit greatly from this designation as its leaders and residents work to protect and celebrate their heritage while building a future that will keep the community strong and vibrant for generations to come.” Congressman Cohen’s letter of support for Orange Mou
Returning to Washington
Dear Friend, This week, I returned to Washington after another historically long recess, announced that First Lady Michelle Obama designated Orange Mound as a Preserve America Community, co-signed a letter to President-Elect Trump urging him to rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon to a top White House position, recommended several Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients to President Obama and urged him to issue more commutations and pardons, and honored Memphis veterans at my 8th annual Veterans Day Luncheon. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see these updates as they happen. Returning to WashingtonDesignating Orange Mound as a Preserve America CommunityHonoring Memphis Area VeteransKeeping Hate Out of the White HouseRecommending Individuals to President Obama for Potential Presidential Medals of Freedom and Urging Him to Issue More Commutations Helping Memphians Get CoveredFood Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program
Washington, DC – This morning, President-elect Donald Trump announced that U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) would be his choice for Attorney General.  We need an Attorney General who represents the American people’s best interests by fighting to strengthen voting rights, prevent violence against women, and work to reform our broken immigration system, among other priorities. Senator Sessions was denied a federal judgeship in 1986 following a history of racially-charged comments and disturbing attitudes towards minority groups; and his record since only furthers cause for concern. The Democratic Members of the House Committee on the Judiciary issued the following joint statement in response: “The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, charged with the administration of the criminal justice system and the enforcement of our civil rights.  We have grave concerns with Senator Sessions’ potential nomination for this post and urge President-

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