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Steve Cohen (D)
|Leadership:||No leadership position|
|Committees:||House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on the Judiciary|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
Primary challenge: No
Incumbent running: Yes
2012 candidates for TN-09
|Confirmed:||George Flinn Jr, Steve Cohen|
|Possible:||None so far|
|Out:||None so far|
|(more info & editing for TN-09)|
Record and controversies
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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.
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. 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.
On August 7, 2008, Cohen won the Democratic nomination for the 9th CD.
Money in politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
|Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle|
|Donor||Amount (US Dollars)|
|McVean Trading & Investments||$ 13,000|
|FedEx Corp||$ 11,000|
|American Crystal Sugar||$ 10,000|
|Crawford Group||$ 10,000|
|CSX Corp||$ 10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$ 10,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$ 10,000|
|UNITE HERE||$ 10,000|
|United Auto Workers||$ 10,000|
|United Transportation Union||$ 10,000|
|Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.|
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
|Links to more campaign contribution information for Steve Cohen
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
|Fundraising profile:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by organization/corporation:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
|Top contributors by industry:||2008 election cycle||Career totals|
- Revolving door profile for Steve Cohen from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Steve Cohen from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Steve Cohen from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines
- Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
- Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
More Background Data
|On the Web|
Articles and resources
- ↑ Rachel Kapochunas, "Tennessee GOP Rep. Davis Ousted in Primary; Democrat Cohen Deflects Attacks for Blowout Win," CQ Politics]], August 8, 2008
- Jerry Skurnik, " Congressional Elections - Good for the Jews (and the Buddhists)," Room Eight, November 8, 2006.
- Steve Cohen for Congress, official campaign site.
Local blogs and discussion sites
Semantic data ()
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|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
|Title: Rep||First name: Steve||Middle name:||Last name: Cohen|
|Party: D||State: TN||District:
09 District short: 9
|Currently in office? True|
|Phone: 202-225-3265||Fax: 202-225-5663||Website: http://cohen.house.gov||Webform email: http://cohen.house.gov/index.php?option=com_email_form|
|DC office: 2404 Rayburn House Office Building|
|Bioguide ID: C001068||Votesmart ID: 24340||FEC ID: H6TN09068||Govtrack ID: 412236|
|CRP ID: N00003225||Eventful ID:||Old Sunlight ID:||Twitter ID: repcohen|
|OpenCongress Wiki URL: http://www.opencongress.org/wiki/Steve_Cohen||YouTubeID: http://youtube.com/repcohen||Senate class:|
|Entered manually within the Template:Politician|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
|First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Tennesse Senate, Shelby County Commission, Tennessee Constitutional Convention
|Other Party Membership:|
Date of Birth: May 24, 1949
November 7, 2006