Steve (Steve) Cohen (D-USH09)
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Capitol: 202.225.3265
FAX: 202.225.5663
District: 901.544.4131
Representative
Room 2268 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4209

Residence: Memphis, TN
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 5/24/1949
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
RM MemberJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
FC MemberTennessee Valley Authority Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
Co-ChairFriends of Scotland Caucus
FC MemberCongressional African Partnership for Economic Growth Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Azerbaijan Caucus
Co-ChairIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberMississippi River Valley and Tributaries Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Collegiate Sports Caucus
FC MemberEmpowering Young Men of Color Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional State Medicaid Expansion Caucus
FC MemberPassenger Rail Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
Co-ChairCongressional Documentary Film and Book Caucus
FC MemberPostal Preservation Caucus
FC MemberSocial Determinants of Health Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Tourette Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
Co-ChairWhite Oak Caucus
FC MemberAccess to Legal Aid Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Clean Water Caucus
FC MemberAir Cargo Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government
FC MemberNational Heritage Area Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberHouse Algae Energy Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberEMS Caucus (Emergency Medical Services)
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberCannabis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Infant Health and Safety
FC MemberCongressional Stop DUI Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCommission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Skin Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Trademark Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pre-K Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multicultural Media Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberHouse Baltic Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Down Syndrome Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
FC MemberCongressional Peace Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional STEAM Caucus
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault and Prevention Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberEndangered Species Act (ESA) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus (HBCU)
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on the Administrative State, Regulatory Reform, and Antitrust
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberBipartisan Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
Counties Representing
Shelby

Bio

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. 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.

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. 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. 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 $6 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.

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 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.