Rep. Steve Cohen
Democrat • 9th District, Tennessee • 5th Term • Sworn In 2007
- 15 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 43 of 436) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 21 of 436)
- 307 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 6 of 440) 2 Made Into Law (Ranks 29 of 440)
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.2776 - Carry-On Freedom Act of 2015Sponsor introductory remarks on measure Jun 16, 2015 0 Views
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations with respect to the size standards certain air carriers utilize for carry-on ba...
H.Res.306Referred to House Foreign Affairs Jun 10, 2015 3 Views
Recognizing the centennial of the wreck of the U.S.S. Memphis and encouraging the commemoration of such wreck with appropriate events and acti...
H.R.2302 - Police Training and Independent Review Act of 2015Referred to the Subcommittee Jun 01, 2015 2 Views
To require that States receiving Byrne JAG funds to require sensitivity training for law enforcement officers of that State and to incentivize...
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.Res.342Referred to the House Committee Jun 25, 2015 38 Views
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the enhancement of unity in America.
H.R.2944Referred to House Energy and Commerce Jun 25, 2015 10 Views
To improve public safety, accountability, transparency, and respect for federalism in Federal criminal law by applying the findings of the bip...
H.R.2888 - Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2015Referred to House Financial Services Jun 25, 2015 14 Views
To establish a program for the licensing of Internet poker by States and federally recognized Indian tribes, and for other purposes.
Recent Voting History
H.R. 2200: CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 2200 CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing ActAye (with party)June 25, 2015
H.R. 1295: Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015
On Motion to Concur in Senate Amendment to House Amendment to Senate Amendment: H R 1295 To extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Generalized System of Preferences, the preferential duty treatment program for Haiti, and for other purposes.Aye (with party)June 25, 2015
H.R. 1615: DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 1615 DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015Aye (with party)June 25, 2015