- 1 Background
- 2 Education
- 3 Career
- 4 Tennessee State Senate
- 5 Congress
- 6 Congressional Freethought Caucus
- 7 Addressed Gay community
- 8 Defense spending cuts letter
- 9 Peace Pledge Coalition
- 10 J Sreet endorsement
- 11 Congressional Progressive Caucus
- 12 Populist Caucus
- 13 Communist friend
- 14 Planned Parenthood
- 15 "Impeach Cheney"
- 16 Staffer's 2010 trip to Cuba
- 17 Stonewall Democrats endorsement
- 18 Voting rights press conference
- 19 Gay Education rally
- 20 Supporting UAW
- 21 Progressive Student event
- 22 Mid-South Peace and Justice Center
- 23 Johnson connection
- 24 PDA contact
- 25 Creasy connection
- 26 Cuba
- 27 Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- 28 IPS celebration for Conyers
- 29 Peace Action
- 30 Urges "progressive" DEA chief
- 31 ARA endorsement, 2012
- 32 ARA PAF endorsement, 2014
- 33 Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
- 34 2016 Cuba visit
- 35 Re-opening embassy in Cuba
- 36 Take ’Em Down 901
- 37 Impeaching Trump
- 38 "Green New Deal"
- 39 HR 109 endorser
- 40 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders
- 41 Medicare for All Act
- 42 Marek connection
- 43 Our Revolution
- 44 Staff
- 45 External links
- 46 References
Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. As a child, he was stricken with polio, but through hard work, he was able to beat this debilitating disease. 
- B.A. Vanderbilt University 1971
- J.D. University of Memphis School of Law 1973 
Cohen established legal practice in 1978 after serving as a legal advisor for the Memphis Police Department.
Tennessee State Senate
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. On issues ranging from 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. 
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". His pointed questioning of Bush Administration officials like Alberto Gonzalez, David Addington, Monica Goodling and Michael Mukasey in the highly influential Judiciary Committee quickly earned Congressman Cohen the reputation as a champion of government accountability and a fierce interrogator. Speaker Nancy Pelosi even referred to him as the “conscience of the freshman class” in 2008. In August of 2008, he was instrumental in passing H.Res.194, a House resolution apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans. 
Congressional Freethought Caucus
In 2020 members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus included Steve Cohen .
Addressed Gay community
Dennis Kijowski kept the chair along with Andy Cain for a “Bigger Party, More Purpose” event in 1996. The Parade was led by MAGY (Memphis Area Gay Youth) and attendance grew. State Senator Steve Cohen addressed the GLBT community at the Festival. Dennis Kijowski died due to AIDS-related complications in the fall and Carol Molder, then Treasurer, organized the election of new officers in early 1997.
Defense spending cuts letter
May 19, 2020.
Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry:
We write to request a reduction in defense spending during the coronavirus pandemic. As you draft this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), we encourage you to authorize a level of spending below last year’s authorized level. Congress must remain focused on responding to the coronavirus pandemic and distributing needed aid domestically. In order to do so, appropriators must have access to increased levels of non-defense spending which could be constrained by any increase to defense spending.
Co-signatories included Steve Cohen.
Peace Pledge Coalition
In 2007 90 Members of Congress, pledged in an open letter delivered to President Bush: "We will only support appropriating funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." The letter was initiated by the Peace Pledge Coalition. The Coalition was led by Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com Medea Benjamin, CodePink, Bill Fletcher, co-founder of Center for Labor Renewal David Swanson, AfterDowningStreet.org, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace, Democracy Rising, Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution, Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign.
J Sreet endorsement
JStreet endorsed him again 2016.
- Cohen, a five-time JStreetPAC endorsee, has been a strong friend of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. He has consistently supported J Street-backed initiatives in Congress and taken a leadership role in encouraging his colleagues to do the same..
Congressional Progressive Caucus
The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House, including Steve Cohen.
Steve Cohen with Edward Carson, 2010.
Cohen received $1225 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.
In January 2008, nine out of 23 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee favor starting impeachment hearings against Vice-President Dick Cheney. Six of the nine are co-sponsors of H.R. 799, which contains three articles of impeachment. The nine Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who favored impeachment hearings were: Robert Wexler, Fla.; Luis Gutierrez, Ill.; Anthony Weiner, N.Y.; Tammy Baldwin, Wisc.; Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas; Steve Cohen, Tenn.; Keith Ellison, Minn.; Maxine Waters, Calif.; and Hank Johnson, Ga.
Staffer's 2010 trip to Cuba
Rep. Cohen sent Marilyn Dillihay to Cuba for 3 days in March/April 2010. The trip was courtesy of a $2,127.40 grant from the Institute for Policy Studies connected Center for Democracy in the Americas... "Fact-finding trip to understand the importance and culture of U.S. policy toward Cuba" .
In 2017 Marilyn Dillihay was Chief of Staff at Office of the Representative from Tennessee's 9th District, Steve Cohen.
Stonewall Democrats endorsement
- Because of the commitment of these two candidates to social justice and equality for all Americans, Memphis Stonewall Democrats urges our members and progressive voters to support the campaigns of Steve Cohen for Congress and Steve Mulroy for County Commission,” states Jim Maynard, Vice President of Memphis Stonewall Democrats".
Voting rights press conference
July 13, 2011 WASHINGTON, DC-- Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) made this statement today at the voting rights press conference:
"[In Ohio] We have one of the most draconian voter suppression bills in the United States. If we are going to have a society that involves all of its citizens, we cannot allow for these kinds of bills to be passed by legislature after legislature... Across this country, 11% of all people who are eligible to vote do not have a government issued ID. That's 21 million people. Every time we take one step forward, we take two steps back. And we're not going to allow it to happen. "
Members in attendance:
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Corrine Brown, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Betty Sutton, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Donna Christensen, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Karen Bass.
Organizations and leaders in attendance:
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Tamika Mallory, National Action Network, Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Laura Murphy, American Civil Liberties Union Hilary Shelton, NAACP, Rafael Collazo, National Council of La Raza/Democracia USA, Nichole Austin-Hillery, Brennan Center for Justice, Campus Progress, Center for American Progress, Diallo Brooks, People for the American Way.
Gay Education rally
An array of groups on the political left gathered in Midtown Memphis, June 2011 to protest recent decisions and policies from the right.
About 200 people representing several groups gathered at First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young. Those groups included the Tennessee Equality Project, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region and the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center as well as union supporters.
They were protesting recent proposals from the Tennessee legislature, including removing funding from Planned Parenthood, ending collective bargaining for teachers and a measure that would prevent teachers from discussing homosexuality in classes.
"This last legislative session in Nashville should serve as a wake-up call for us," Michelle Bliss with TEP said. "We're here, we're together and we will not be quiet."
State Sens. Beverly Marrero and Antonio Parkinson joined the rally, as did city school board member Jeff Warren and County Commissioner Steve Mulroy. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen showed up near the end of the event.
Progressive Student event
The time to decide is drawing near and the College Democrats at the University of Memphis are encouraging students to exercise their right to choose who will impact their lives for the next four years.
With Congressman Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., the group will host the 2012 Get Out the Vote Rally on Thursday in Johnson Hall, room 110 in partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Progressive Student Alliance.
The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.
The rally is not to endorse Cohen, but to encourage students to vote, said Tyler Flowers, junior political science major and president of the College Democrats at the U of M.
Representatives from the student organizations sponsoring the event will each speak on topics ranging from fair pay and women's rights to taxation and gay marriage.
Nick Mastron, senior political science major and director of public relations for the College Democrats, said the rally is also about demonstrating the role of government in students' lives.
He said the rally is an opportunity for students to show an active interest in government.
Anthony Lucatelli, sophomore sociology major and chairman of the Progressive Student Alliance, said his organization will speak about what students can do outside of the electoral process to make a difference in the community.
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Worked with Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) to introduce the Restorative Justice in Schools Act (H.R. 415) in January 2011.
As did their subsidiary JustPeace MEMPHIS - Alternatives to Incarceration & Criminal Justice Reform, worked in 2010 with Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) to introduce the Restorative Justice in Schools Act.
Rebuild the Dream Press Conference
Rebuild the Dream Press Conference in Memphis, TN on September 1, 2011. Brief speeches were made by Representative Steve Cohen, Martavius Hampton, Cody Mathis, and Brad Watkins of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
November 21, 2011 Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Shelby County, Tennessee $2,619,999 to develop a Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan. The development plan will address the critical need for initiating long-term comprehensive land use planning in the region.
“It is important that we develop a comprehensive land use plan that will spur economic development and improve housing and transportation in Memphis,” said Congressman Cohen. “These new federal funds will help Shelby County develop a Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability plan that will grow our city in a way that makes it easier for Memphians to find work, quality housing and utilize mass transit to improve their quality of life.”
Effective community engagement and capacity building are critical to the process and the project proposes to demonstrate a citizen-based regional planning process. This process will be driven by a consortium working in partnership with governmental bodies and the private sector to establish a regional vision and structure for ongoing engagement and setting goals for the major focus areas of the working groups.
Once a vision has been developed and working groups have established goals and priorities, the project will advance to funding sub-area or topic-focused plans or pilot planning efforts from the regional to neighborhood level. Implementation of these sub-plans is expected to occur through adoption of formal policy recommendations, citizen advocacy and realignment of budgets and capital improvement plans investments/staffing.
Partners in the program include The West Memphis MPO, The Mid-South Regional Greenways Steering Committee, ULI-Memphis, The Hyde Family Foundation, Memphis Regional Design Center, Community Development Council of Greater Memphis, and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
Independent prosecutors during violent police encounters
In 2015 Rep. Steve Cohen announced he was pushing for independent prosecutors during violent police encounters. . Cohen said the recent killings of minorities by police brings the issue to the forefront and he's leading the charge for change in states all across the country.
"It needs to be changed. The system, it's inherent conflict and it's been that way for a long time," said Cohen.
Today he introduced a bill to provide justice to victims of police violence.
It would encourage a local district attorney to refer cases involving police killings to prosecutors outside their districts.
"I think it needs to be uniform throughout the country," said Cohen.
The bill would also give states incentives to pass its own laws forcing outside agencies to investigate.
It's something local activists said they want to see because current Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich makes the final decision if charges are filed.
"The relationship that police and law enforcement has with prosecutors not just in Memphis but across the country, creates an environment where people don't necessarily feel they're getting an objective view of the evidence as presented," said Brad Watkins with Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.
That was the case here in Memphis in 2012 and 2013 after an off duty MPD officer shot and killed an unarmed teen.
"We think it's absolutely spot on and we're very glad that the congressman that represents this district is really taking a lead on these issues," said Watkins.
Cohen said the idea was not pointing fingers at Weirich.
Instead he said he's looking at the deadly police encounters in Ferguson, Staten Island, North Charleston and Baltimore.
"This certainly has nothing to do with the way Amy would seek things in the DA's office," Cohen said. "But nationally we've seen issues where there needs to be an impartial observer."
Cohen said there are incentives in the bill for police agencies that provide sensitivity training to officers.
Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s 35th anniversary
"Our goal is to guarantee that Donald Trump will not be able to govern comfortably. ... If you think you've been to a lot of demonstrations in the past, well, multiply that by a hundred. Or a thousand over the next period," she said, and the audience cheered.
Earlier, she said Trump embodied the worst elements of oppression and capitalism. "He represents precisely those forces of capitalism that have impoverished so many of the people who decided to vote for him, because they feared for their future."
"Sometimes I feel really nostalgic about that era because it meant we were connected with people all over the world, because there were communist parties all over the world," she said. "And so we felt as if we were a part of a global struggle. The Cuban revolution was our victory. And we don't have that now."
The organizer of the event, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, billed the annual fundraising banquet as a kickoff to long years of struggle against Trump's policies. In an email before the event, the staff wrote, "We will, with every resource at our disposal, stand against an agenda that denies the dignity and humanity of people of color, undocumented families, women, people with disabilities, and those of the Muslim faith. These values are non-negotiable."
Banquet attendees filled not just the seats at the round dinner tables but the church balcony, and some stood in the back. The event was attended by some Memphis elected officials including Shelby County Commissioner Eddie Jones as well as state Sen. Lee Harris and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen.
Melanie Conroy August 18, 2017:
With Frank W. Johnson, Steve Cohen.
Allan H. Creasy with Steve Cohen, April 2018.
Just back from a trip to Cuba, in March 2011, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth said that it's time for the United States to normalize relations with its island neighbor.
"Nobody is winning from our policy there," the 3rd District Democrat said in an interview. "We aren't winning and they aren't winning. There's no question it's time to normalize relations."
Yarmuth and Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Donna Edwards of Maryland spent four days in Cuba. They met in Havana and other cities with government leaders, U.S. officials, scholars, economists, foreign diplomats, physicians,artists, farmers and journalists.
- Just back in Memphis after a five-day fact-finding trip to Cuba, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said he was surprised at the lack of interference with the practice of religion and impressed with the slow but evident moves toward economic privatization on the island nation.
- The trip with two other members of Congress during a recess was paid for by the Center for Democracy, a non-partisan, non-profit devoted to promoting democracy.
- The Memphis Democrat said he met with the Cardinal Archbishop of Havana, Jaime Ortega, and was given assurance that the 75 parishes there are free of restrictions.
- He also met the president of the Cuban National Assembly, Ricardo Alarcon. In discussions with the Cuban foreign minister, it was made clear that the era of Fidel Castro is over and that his brother, Raul, is now fully in charge.
- "Raul understands the changes that have to be made," Cohen said. "They're trying to make the economy less socialistic … and more free-market." He said some attitudes from the Cold War are still evident and that some of the "old guys" on both the Cuban and American sides are going to have to "die off" before normal relations are established.
Meeting Marc Frank
0n March 23rd, Steve Cohen, John Yarmuth, Donna Edwards, and Sarah Stephens of Center for Democracy in the Americas, met with Reuters, and Financial Times journalist Marc Frank - former writer for the Communist Party USA's People's Daily World, and a propagandist for the Castro regime.
Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- Due to your action/emails/phone calls we have 59 signatures from House representatives urging President Obama to support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.
- By eliminating the laborious license application process, especially for people-to-people groups, that is managed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the majority of the bureaucratic red tape that holds up licensable travel to Cuba would disappear and actually facilitate what the President wanted to see in 2011, liberalized travel regulations.
Signatories included Rep. Steve Cohen.
IPS celebration for Conyers
January 7 2015, "John Conyers’ 50 Years of Service", was celebrated at Andy Shallal's Eatonville Restaurant in Washington DC., primarily sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies. Guests included Robert Creamer, and Irvin Jim of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (a self proclaimed Marxist-Leninist), and members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus. Robert Borosage sent a tribute.
Friends and colleagues of Congressman Conyers from all stages of his work for civil rights, peace, human rights attended.
Co-sponsors included: The Sentencing Project, The Nation, Peace Action, National People’s Action, Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Jobs with Justice, Friends of the Earth, Social Security Works, Campaign for America's Future, US Action, Progressive Democrats of America, Council for a Livable World, Alliance for Justice, Fund for Constitutional Government, ProgressiveCongress.org, Win Without War, Economic Policy Institute, and Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Urges "progressive" DEA chief
May 1, 2015, Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sent a letter to President Obama urging him to nominate a new Drug Enforcement Administration chief that has a more progressive approach to federal drug enforcement. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) also joined in sending the letter.
The Representatives urged the President to nominate a DEA Administrator who is willing to work with state and federal officials to create policies that work with—not against—the evolving landscape of state marijuana laws. The letter states that retiring DEA director Michele Leonhart placed too great an emphasis on prosecuting marijuana use and not enough on drug-related activity that truly poses a public-safety risk.
“The DEA plays a critical role in promoting the health and safety of Americans. But to succeed in its mission, it must refocus its efforts on cracking down on bad actors who seek to evade state laws rather than those who abide by them,” the Representatives wrote. “All of us share a commitment to keeping drugs out of the hands of children, diminishing the reach of criminal cartels, and helping individuals who are addicted to drugs find the help they need to turn their lives around.
“To accomplish these aims, the DEA must end its resistance to the changing public consensus on marijuana use and stop expending its limited resources to prosecute individuals who are not a threat to public safety and, instead, focus on drug activity that poses a more serious risk,” they added.
ARA endorsement, 2012
ARA PAF endorsement, 2014
Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States 
The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.
2016 Cuba visit
Obama will be the first president to visit Cuba in 88 years, and the trip is a symbolic next chapter in his attempts to normalize relations with the country.
The House members will attend along with several senators who previously announced they will make the trip.
The House delegation includes Reps. Karen Bass, Cheri Bustos, Sam Farr, Rosa DeLauro, Barbara Lee, Charles Rangel, Kathy Castor, David Cicilline, Steve Cohen, Jan Schakowsky, Peter Welch, Alan Lowenthal, Jim McGovern and Lucille Roybal-Allard. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California will also travel to Cuba along with Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and Tom Udall of New Mexico are slated to join the trip. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been a leading advocate for normalizing relations with Cuba, will also attend. Additional House Republicans may also join.
Pelosi previously led the first official House delegation trip to the country after Obama announced the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in 2014.
Re-opening embassy in Cuba
August 14 2015 Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) released the following statement after joining U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of Congress for the official re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba.
“Today I was proud to join Secretary Kerry for the re-opening of the U.S. Embassy here in Cuba. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in U.S.-Cuba relations that leaves the Cold War behind and embraces the power of diplomacy.
“As a witness to this historic step for our two nations, I urge my fellow members of Congress to put politics aside and seize this moment. We should lift the trade embargo with Cuba and build on the progress made here today.
“Normal relations provide us with greater prospects to engage directly with a diverse range of Cuban society. Together, we can create new opportunities for American businesses, increase travel and exchanges, and support efforts in Cuba to advance political and economic reforms and promote human rights.
“I want to thank President Obama and Secretary Kerry for their leadership to help make today possible.
“Today, the U.S. and Cuba are united in saying we are ready to create a better future for our countries and our people. Now is the time for Congress to lead.”
Congressman McGovern has been a leading champion in the push to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations. In December 2014, when President Obama first announced the new U.S.-Cuba policy, Congressman McGovern joined Secretary Kerry to welcome home Alan Gross, the American aid worker who was released from Cuba the same day.
Joining Congressman McGovern for the U.S. embassy opening in Cuba today were Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Karen Bass (D-CA).
Take ’Em Down 901
For 113 years, a bronze statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest—a man who rose above his station thanks to the slave trade, a Confederate general who orchestrated the massacre of black soldiers at Fort Pillow, and the Ku Klux Klan’s first grand wizard—loomed over downtown Memphis, Tenn.
At 9:01 p.m. Wednesday, a time the New York Times notes coincides with the city’s area code, Forrest finally came down off his pedestal to the cheers and chants of the surrounding crowd. Earlier that night, the Memphis City Council had voted unanimously to take down the monument.
But the city of Memphis wasn’t done. By 10:40 p.m., a smaller statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis had also been removed from another park in the city.
“I looked Nathan Bedford in the eyes and shed a tear for my ancestors,” she said.
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Memphis, also commended the historic decision. According to Time magazine, Cohen commended Mayor Jim Strickland and the City Council “for finding a way to legally remove statues from an era that is not representative of Memphis today and have remained an affront to most of the citizens of Memphis.”
“As we approach the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, it’s important that these relics of the Confederacy and defenders of slavery don’t continue to be displayed in prominent places in our city,” Cohen added.
Tami Sawyer’s candidacy for Shelby County Commission was supported by a cross-section of voters, grassroots activists, and political leaders and received various endorsements including: Moveon.org, the Collective PAC, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Leadership for Educational Equity, Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council, Tennessee State Representative G.A. Hardaway, and United States Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09).
A group of six Democratic House members introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Wednesday November 15, 2017, claiming the president has violated federal law, the public trust and should be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors.
Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas and Adriano Espaillat of New York introduced five articles of impeachment at a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday. The articles have two more co-sponsors: Reps. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and John Yarmuth of Kentucky.
The congressmen list a number of charges against the president, including: obstruction of justice, a violation of the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, a violation of the Constitution’s domestic emoluments clause, undermining the federal judiciary process and undermining the press.
The articles focus primarily on Trump’s handing of the termination of former FBI Director James Comey, and potential conflicts of interest with Trump’s businesses and properties while he’s served as president.
"Green New Deal"
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Congressional supporters by December 20 2018 included Steve Cohen.
HR 109 endorser
Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders
In August 2018 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founding members included Representative Steve Cohen.
Medicare for All Act
In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Steve Cohen.
Rep. Cohen is a long time employer and mentor to Memphis activist John Marek.
Our Revolution endorsed Steve Cohen in 2020.
NIAC Action Commends Resolution on JCPOA
July 16 2019 Washington DC – Moments ago, Reps. Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, and David Price introduced a resolution calling for the United States to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, from which President Trump withdrew in May 2018.
In response, NIAC President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement:
“Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal has put the U.S. on the brink of war with Iran and threatened to undo the hard won constraints against Iran’s nuclear program. Thankfully, many Members of Congress recognize that there is no military solution to the present crisis, and that the best way to de-escalate is for the U.S. to return to compliance with the nuclear deal. Representatives Lee, Schakowsky and Price should be commended for their years of leadership in advancing peace and diplomacy, including by introducing this important resolution.
“There remains strong political will in Congress to restore U.S. credibility and engage Iran diplomatically–despite Trump and Bolton’s push for war. For Members of Congress and Presidential contenders, it is good and important to call out Trump’s dangerous moves that have taken us to the brink of war. Yet, the root cause of this crisis was Donald Trump’s decision to kill a strong nuclear agreement with Iran, which is why signaling support for a return to compliance is so important. The Lee-Schakowsky-Price resolution helps solidify the growing consensus for a JCPOA return while signaling that the window for diplomacy is not shut, nor is the opportunity to restore U.S. credibility with both the international community and the Iranian people.
The resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Steve Cohen, Gerry Connolly, Lloyd Doggett, Anna Eshoo, Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Deb Haaland, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Andy Levin, Alan Lowenthal, Donald Payne, Jr., Mark Pocan, Jamie Raskin, Peter Welch, John Yarmuth.
The following have worked as staff members for Steve Cohen:
- Elisa Addington
- Brian Alberts
- Tammy Anderson
- Linda Archer
- Kristee Bell
- Karyn Bigelow
- Steven Broderick
- Reisha Buster (Reisha)
- Alycia Carter
- William Connor IV
- Shirley Cooks
- Marilyn Dillihay
- Michelle M. Donches
- Craig Dulniak
- Daniel Finer
- Michael Fulton
- Charles Gerber, Jr.
- Tracey Goodman
- J. William Goold
- Travis Green
- George Greenfield
- David Greengrass
- Sherman Dewayne Greer
- Willie Henry, Jr.
- Terence Houston
- Brittany Johnson
- Jeremy Jordan
- Malcolm Levi
- David Mann
- Andrea Martin
- Paul Moinester
- Michael Pagan
- James Park
- Reisha Phills
- Elizabeth Rincon
- Mary Self (Beanie)
- Neeraj Shah
- James David Sims, Jr.
- Susan Sowell
- Taiwo Stanback
- Sarah Talkovsky
- Marzie Thomas
- Cora Thompson
- Randall Lee Wade, Sr.
- Linda Yan
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- J Street 2008 Annual Report
- J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
- JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees
- Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
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