Rep. Steve Cohen
Democrat • 9th District, Tennessee • 4th Term • Sworn In 2007
- 35 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 22 of 437) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 122 of 437)
- 607 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 13 of 439) 17 Made Into Law (Ranks 102 of 439)
Cohen was born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 24, 1949. Cohen graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1973, he graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law of Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) with a Juris Doctor.http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=CS027828
After practicing law for three years as Legal Advisor for the Memphis Police Department, Cohen rose to political prominence at the age of 27 when he was elected to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1977, which elected him its vice president.http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A16848 Cohen was then elected to serve as a commissioner on the Shelby County Commission, an office he held from 1978 to 1980. During his time at the Commission, Cohen was instrumental in the creation of The Med, a community-funded regional hospital. In 1980, Cohen served as an interim Shelby County General Sessions Court judge. He has also served as a delegate to the 1980, 1992, and 2004 Democratic National Conventions. In 1984, he was elected to the state Senate, a position which he held for 24 years. His most notable accomplishment was the imposition of a state lottery meant to fund college scholarships. In 1996, he ran for U.S. Congress, but was defeated by Harold Ford, Jr. in the Democratic primary. When Ford retired, Cohen successfully contested for the Democratic nomination. As the Ninth District is heavily Democratic, his victory in the primary made him a heavy favorite to win the November election, which he did.http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A16848http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/Content?oid=oid%3A16848 Read More...
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Most Recent Sponsored Bills
H.R.5866Referred to the House Committee Dec 11, 2014 21 Views
To require the Attorney General to issue rules pertaining to the collection and compilation of data on the use of deadly force by law enforcem...
H.R.5275 - Maximizing Opportunities and Retaining Experienced Teachers ActReferred to the Subcommittee Nov 17, 2014 6 Views
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to increase the amount of loan forgiveness for which teachers in teacher shortage areas are eligible.
H.R.4889 - Clean and Efficient Public Safety Vehicles Act of 2014Referred to the Subcommittee Jun 19, 2014 2 Views
To amend title 23, United States Code, to require States to dedicate 5 percent of certain funds to projects that reduce emission to public saf...
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.R.5838 - Private Prison Information Act of 2014Referred to the House Committee Dec 10, 2014 16 Views
To require non-Federal prisons and detention facilities holding Federal prisoners under a contract with the Federal Government to make availab...
H.R.5762 - Veterans Equal Access Act of 2014Referred to the Subcommittee Nov 25, 2014 33 Views
To authorize Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers to provide recommendations and opinions to veterans regarding participation ...
H.R.5739 - No Social Security for Nazis ActSigned by President Dec 18, 2014 56 Views
To amend the Social Security Act to provide for the termination of social security benefits for individuals who participated in Nazi persecuti...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 5699: John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 5699 John Muir National Historic Site Expansion ActAye (with party)December 11, 2014
H.R. 83: To require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of energy action plans aimed at promoting access to affordable, reliable energy, including increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes.
On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment: H R 83 An Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and Freely Associated States through the development of energy action plans aimed at promoting access to energyNay (with party)December 11, 2014
H.R. 5806: Supporting America's Charities Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass: H R 5806 Supporting America’s Charities ActNay (with party)December 11, 2014