Rep. Steve Cohen
Democrat • 9th District, Tennessee • 5th Term • Sworn In 2007
- 10 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 34 of 401) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 7 of 401)
- 157 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 6 of 439) 1 Made Into Law (Ranks 45 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.1674Referred to the House Committee Mar 26, 2015 4 Views
To amend title 11 of the United States Code to modify the dischargeability of debts for certain educational payments and loans.
H.R.1609Sponsor introductory remarks on measure Mar 26, 2015 3 Views
To amend title 31, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to regulate tax return preparers.
H.R.1538Referred to House Veterans' Affairs Mar 23, 2015 24 Views
To extend the principle of federalism to State drug policy, provide access to medical marijuana, and enable research into the medicinal proper...
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.Res.188Referred to the House Committee Mar 26, 2015 10 Views
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to promoting energy security of European allies through the opening of the S...
H.R.1682Referred to House Education and the Workforce Mar 26, 2015 4 Views
To preserve knowledge and promote education about jazz in the United States and abroad.
H.R.1643Referred to the House Committee Mar 26, 2015 14 Views
To promote neutrality, simplicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services.
Recent Voting History
H.R. 2: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
On Passage: H R 2 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015Aye (with party)March 26, 2015
H.Res. 173: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and strengthen Medicare access by improving physician payments and making other improvements, to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes, and providing for proceedings during the period from March 27, 2015, through April 10, 2015.
On Agreeing to the Resolution: H RES 173 Providing for consideration of H. R. 2, Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015Aye (with party)March 26, 2015
H.Con.Res. 27: Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.
On Agreeing to the Resolution, as Amended: H CON RES 27 Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025Nay (with party)March 25, 2015