Rep. Steve Cohen
Democrat • 9th District, Tennessee • 5th Term • Sworn In 2007
- 5 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 65 of 352) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 3 of 352)
- 102 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 5 of 438) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 41 of 438)
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.411 - Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2015Referred to the House Committee Jan 20, 2015 4 Views
To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to promote early voting in elections for Federal office and to prevent unreasonable waiting times f...
H.R.366 - Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2015Referred to the Subcommittee Feb 06, 2015 1 Views
To reauthorize the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, to provide assistance to small businesses owned by veterans, to improve enforcement of empl...
H.R.365Referred to the Subcommittee Jan 15, 2015 4 Views
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a notice and comment rulemaking before implementing certain policies relating to obstruct...
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
H.R.1161Referred to the House Committee Feb 27, 2015 2 Views
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to designate at least one city in the United States each year as an "American Civil Rights City", and ...
H.Res.128Referred to House Judiciary Feb 26, 2015 11 Views
Recognizing the significance of the Greensboro Four Sit In.
H.R.1100Referred to the House Committee Feb 26, 2015 13 Views
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against income tax for amounts paid by a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces f...
Recent Voting History
H.R. 33: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Concur in the Senate Amendment: H R 33 Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders ActAye (with party)February 27, 2015
H.R. 240: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
On Motion to Instruct Conferees: H R 240 Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposesAye (with party)February 27, 2015
H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
On Passage: H J RES 35 Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposesNay (with party)February 27, 2015