Steve (Steve) I. Cohen (D-USH09)
Web Site - Twitter

Capitol: 202.225.3265
FAX: 202.225.5663
District: 901.544.4131
District FAX: 901.544.4329
Room 2404 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4209

Residence: Memphis, TN
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2018
DOB: 5/24/1949
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Scotland Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Azerbaijan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Osteoporosis Caucus
FC MemberRussia Caucus
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Tourette Syndrome
Co-ChairCongressional Collegiate Sports 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 Caucus Multicultural Media
FC MemberCongressional Access to Civil Legal Services Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Prevention Caucus
FC MemberPassenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberEMS Caucus (Emergency Medical Services)
FC MemberTunisia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Georgia Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Songwriters Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health
FC MemberTennessee Valley Authority Congressional Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Denmark
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional African Partnership for Economic Growth Caucus
FC MemberHouse Algae Energy Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberMississippi River Valley and Tributaries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Netherlands
FC MemberCongressional Pre-K Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Infant Health and Safety
FC MemberCongressional Trademark Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberCongressional Clean Water Caucus
FC MemberCannabis Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Stop DUI Caucus
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the European Union
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberRecording Arts and Sciences Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ethics
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Poland
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberCongressional Congenital Heart Defect Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Peace Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
MemberJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Thailand Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional State Medicaid Expansion Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing


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 $4 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 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. In November of 2015, Congressman Cohen was named a member of the Highway Bill Conference Committee where he worked with his colleagues from the House and Senate to craft the first bipartisan, long-term surface transportation bill in a decade to improve our nation's infrastructure. In May 2016, Congressman Cohen was named a member of the Opioids Package Conference Committee where he worked to address the opioids crisis in the United States. In January of 2017, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Congressman Cohen to serve on the powerful House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to set the Democratic policy agenda and nominate Democratic Members for committee assignments. In February 2017, Leader Pelosi appointed Congressman Cohen to serve on the House Ethics Committee. 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 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 held more than a dozen town halls around the city which often included visiting leaders such as Judiciary Committee Ranking Member 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.

Municipal Association of South Carolina
1411 Gervais St., PO Box 12109, Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: 803.799.9574, Fax: 803.933.1299,