Steve (Steve) I. Cohen (D-09)

US Representative Steve Cohen

Steve (Steve) I. Cohen (D-09)
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Capitol: 202.225.3265
FAX: 202.225.5663
District: 901.544.4131
Room 2104 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4209
167 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103-1822
Residence:Memphis, TN

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Scotland Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Azerbaijan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Osteoporosis Caucus
Co-ChairIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
FC MemberIran Working Group
FC MemberEMS Caucus (Emergency Medical Services)
FC MemberRussia Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Tourette Syndrome
Co-ChairCongressional Collegiate Sports Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Wales Caucus
FC MemberEmpowering Young Men of Color Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
Co-ChairCongressional Documentary Film and Book Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Smart Cities
FC MemberAir Cargo Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pet Caucus
FC MemberPassenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Moldova Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Kingdom of the Netherlands
FC MemberTunisia Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Mongolia Friendship Caucus
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Georgia Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Spain Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health
MemberJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Denmark
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Songwriters Caucus
FC MemberHouse Algae Energy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional African Partnership for Economic Growth Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
FC MemberMississippi River Valley and Tributaries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Stop DUI Caucus
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Czech Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Clean Water Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Infant Health and Safety
FC MemberPostal Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCannabis Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence
FC MemberHouse Cancer Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Bus Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Trademark Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lung Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pre-K Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the European Union (EU)
FC MemberBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Morocco Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberRecording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Vietnam
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
FC MemberCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Liechtenstein Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Thailand Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Poland
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Switzerland
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberCongressional Congenital Heart Defect Caucus
FC MemberCommission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Caucus
FC MemberEndangered Species Act Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Peace Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Planetary Science Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multicultural Media Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberFriends of a Free, Democratic, and Stable Syria Caucus
FC MemberCongressional State Medicaid Expansion Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberTennessee Valley Authority Congressional Caucus
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Research and Technology
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberFuture of Transportation Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus


Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. As a child, the challenges of living with polio taught him how to overcome obstacles through persistence and determination, values which would shape his career as a legislator. Filing to run for office on the same day he first registered to vote, Congressman Cohen stepped onto the path that has defined his life and affected the lives of people in Memphis, across Tennessee and now across America throughout his career in national, state and local politics. During his term as a Shelby County Commissioner, Congressman Cohen cast the deciding vote for the creation of The MED which today, as Regional One Health, has one of the finest trauma care and burn center units in the Mid-South. This would be the first in a long line of votes during his career that would define his legislative philosophy- fighting to ensure the basic human rights of every American, such as access to health care. During his 24 years in the Tennessee State Senate, Congressman Cohen amassed a strong record of passionate, honest and unselfish service. He consistently spurned special interests to stand up for the people's interests. In 1984, he drafted and passed a resolution creating one of the first state Holocaust Commissions in America to educate others about and to commemorate the Holocaust. On issues ranging from civil rights to funding for the arts to women's rights to animal welfare, Congressman Cohen was a relentless advocate in the Tennessee State Senate even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Before he was elected to Congress, he became known throughout the state as the "Father of the Tennessee Lottery" after leading the referendum effort that instituted arguably the most successful education initiative in Tennessee history. Since the inception of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program in 2004, over $5 billion has gone to students continuing their education at the college level. As a State Senator, Congressman Cohen fought for nearly twenty years before the State Lottery was established. Countless students have benefited from Congressman Cohen's tireless efforts to provide Tennesseans with access to affordable, quality, post-secondary education. Upon election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, Congressman Cohen immediately distinguished himself on the Hill for his thoughtful legislation and quick wit. He also quickly earned a reputation as a champion of civil rights and justice on the highly influential Judiciary Committee, with then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi referring to him as the "conscience of the freshman class" in 2008. That same year, he was instrumental in passing the first-of-its-kind House resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans. Congressman Cohen has remained a steadfast leader on issues of importance to the people of the 9th District, working closely with former President Barack Obama and leading the policy debate on issues like infant mortality, universal health care, the economy, crime and criminal rehabilitation, veterans issues, transportation and infrastructure, and of course, education. His persistence and hard work has paid off with a $30 million Choice Neighborhood grant to redevelop and revitalize Foote Homes and surrounding areas, a $15 million TIGER grant to create jobs and fund the Main Street to Main Street Connector Project to make major improvements to the Main Street corridor as well as connect to West Memphis with the Big River Crossing pedestrian and bike trail along the Harahan Bridge, an additional $9 million in the federal budget and a $2 million dollar federal grant to the city of Memphis to help reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits that could catch predators and prevent crime, and many other projects and policies. Congressman Cohen also lead the effort in Congress for the state of Tennessee to receive a guarantee disproportionate share hospital (DSH) allotment totaling more than $530 million over the next 10 years to help the state's hospitals and community health centers recoup expenses incurred caring for those who cannot afford to pay. President Obama nominated several of Congressman Cohen's recommendations for federal positions, including Judges John Fowlkes, Sheryl Lipman and Bernice Donald, U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III, and TVA Board Members V. Lynn Evans, Ron Walter and Bishop William Graves, who have all been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Congressman Cohen has been named the 35th most effective Democratic lawmaker by the Center for Effective Lawmaking at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. In 2019 Congressman Cohen was named Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's influential Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. He was also selected to join the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and serve as Vice-Chair of the newly formed Medicare for All Caucus. Congressman Cohen has also dedicated himself to providing outstanding constituent service to the citizens of Memphis. The doors of his District Office in the Clifford Davis/Odell Horton Federal Building are always open for constituents, and Congressman Cohen has hosted more than a hundred district events around the city. His town halls often include visiting leaders such as the late Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (MI-14) and singer/activist Harry Belafonte. He has never faltered in fighting for those who do not have the power bestowed by wealth and advantage, and his goal is as it has always been- to ensure that everyone - regardless of race, class or creed - has the opportunity to achieve their American dream.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2020
DOB: 5/24/1949
Counties Representing