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Steve Cohen currently serves the Ninth Congressional district of Tennessee.

Steve Cohen, a Democrat, has represented the Ninth Congressional District of Tennessee (map) in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Biography

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

Congressional career

2006 elections

In the 2006 congressional elections, Cohen defeated Republican Mark White and independent Jake Ford to replace Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.), who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate.

2008 elections

On August 7, 2008, Cohen won the Democratic nomination for the 9th CD.[1]

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

More Background Data

Contact

Washington D.C. Office:
1004 Longworth HOB
Washington DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3265
Fax: (202)-225-5663
Web Email
Website

Memphis Office:
167 North Main Street, Suite 369
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 544-4131
Fax: (901) 544-4329

Articles and resources

Sources

  1. Rachel Kapochunas, "Tennessee GOP Rep. Davis Ousted in Primary; Democrat Cohen Deflects Attacks for Blowout Win," CQ Politics]], August 8, 2008

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External resources

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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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
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Tennesse Senate, Shelby County Commission, Tennessee Constitutional Convention
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District Offices:
1. 167 North Main Street, Suite 369 Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-544-4131 / Fax: 901-544-4329





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Website: http://www.cohenforcongress.com/index.html
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Date of Birth: May 24, 1949