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- 1 Record and controversies
- 2 Biography
- 3 Money in politics
- 4 Committees and Affiliations
- 5 More Background Data
- 6 Contact
- 7 Articles and resources
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
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|Links to more campaign contribution information for Steve Cohen
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
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- 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
167 North Main Street, Suite 369
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 544-4131
Fax: (901) 544-4329
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
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
|Committees: House Committee on the Judiciary, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on the Constitution Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Courts the Internet and Intellectual Property, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Aviation, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Economic Development Public Buildings and Emergency Management, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure/Subcommittee on Highways and Transit|
|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
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Date of Birth: May 24, 1949