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Steven Cohen is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 9th district of Tennessee.


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. [1]


  • B.A. Vanderbilt University 1971
  • J.D. University of Memphis School of Law 1973 [2]


Cohen established legal practice in 1978 after serving as a legal advisor for the Memphis Police Department.[3]

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. [4]


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. [5]

Congressional Freethought Caucus

In 2020 members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus included Steve Cohen .

Effort to Stop Development Projects

Our Revolution Tefere Gebre1.png

Rep. Ro Khanna, Tefere Gebre of Greenpeace, Grace Tuttle of Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights and Naadiya Hutchinson, Government Affairs Manager at WE ACT for Environmental Justice were listed as speakers for a "Special Town Hall" dated September 15, 2022 sponsored by Our Revolution. The meeting is to discuss strategies to stop the public from using strategic litigation to shut down development prjects. Our Revolution, Greenpeace, Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR) and WE ACT for Environmental Justice participated. In a mass email, Our Revolution linked to a letter signed by democrats to thwart development projects.

From the event invitation:[6]

"Our Revolution, America’s largest grassroots progressive organization, is partnering with Greenpeace USA to stop a looming threat to our communities and our planet. together, we are hosting a Town Hall to mobilize our networks of millions of members and hundreds of local chapters to stop a deal negotiated between Senator Joe Manchin, The American Petroleum Institute (API), and Democratic leadership to fast track permitting of fossil fuel extraction projects, leading to potential catastrophic climate impacts.
Join frontline communities and our allies in Congress to learn what you can do to help us stop Manchin's Dirty Deal!

From a mass email sent by Our Revolution dated September 12, 2022:

"Our Revolution is leading the charge alongside frontline communities and environmental justice groups like Greenpeace to kill Joe Manchin’s side deal for more dirty oil favors.

"Manchin is willing to shut down the government for more fossil fuel projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline in WV and strip safeguards from impacted communities.

"Dems can’t celebrate “the biggest climate steps in history” while reversing them by caving to a literal coal baron.

"Our coalition of 650 organizations is urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to detach the deal from the must-pass bill to fund the government — we cannot let Manchin hold us hostage!

"Bernie railed against it on the Senate floor this week and says he’ll vote it down, and Our Revolution is calling for a progressive mutiny in Congress.

"A coalition of 72 US House Reps have signed onto a letter[7] led by US Rep. Raul Grijalva - but we need more of our representatives in Congress to stand in opposition.

Steve Cohen signed the letter.

Humanitarian Needs in Cuba letter

December 16 2021 , House Rules Committee Chair James McGovern (D-MA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks (D-NY), House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA), and House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy Chair Bobby Rush (D-IL) led 114 Members of Congress in a letter to President Biden asking him to prioritize the well-being of the Cuban people as they experience the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in recent history...

In the wake of this year’s protests, the members urged the administration to support the Cuban people by suspending U.S. regulations that prevent food, medicine, remittances, and other humanitarian assistance from reaching the Cuban people...

Signatories included Steve Cohen.[8]

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.[9]

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.

Initiated by Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee.[10]

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, Medea Benjamin, CodePink, Bill Fletcher, co-founder of Center for Labor Renewal David Swanson,,, Progressive Democrats of America, Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace, Democracy Rising, Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution, Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign.

Steve Cohen signed the letter.[11][12]

J Sreet endorsement

In 2008 Cohen was endorsed by JStreet PAC.[13]

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed Steve Cohen in his 2014 Congressional race. [14]

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..[15]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

As of February 20 2009 Steve Cohen was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[16]

Populist 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.

Communist friend


Steve Cohen with Edward Carson, 2010.

Planned Parenthood

Cohen received $1225 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.

"Impeach Cheney"

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.[17]

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" .[18]

In 2017 Marilyn Dillihay was Chief of Staff at Office of the Representative from Tennessee's 9th District, Steve Cohen.

Stonewall Democrats endorsement

The Memphis Stonewall Democrats endorsed Steve Cohen for U.S. Congress (House District 9) and Steve Mulroy for the Shelby County Commission (District 5), for the August 3, 2006 election.

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".

Jim Maynard is a leader of Memphis Democratic Socialists of America. [19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

Supporting UAW


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.[22]

Mid-South Peace and Justice Center

Rep. Cohen works very closely with the Socialist Party USA controlled 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.[23]

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.[24]

Funding Mid-South

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.[25]

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.[26]

Mid-South Peace & Justice Center’s 35th anniversary


Angela Davis stood before a crowd of hundreds at First Congregational Church in Midtown on SaturdayJanuary 14, 2017. She attacked capitalism, praised communism and criticized Donald Trump.

"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.[27]

Speakers included Brad Watkins and Tami Sawyer. Panelists were Iris Mercado, Jayanni Webster, Allison Donald and Dr. Andre Johnson.[28]

Johnson connection

Melanie Conroy August 18, 2017:


With Frank W. Johnson, Steve Cohen.

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Michael Barrach, was assigned as contact for Rep. Cohen.[29]

Creasy connection


Allan H. Creasy with Steve Cohen, April 2018.


John Yarmuth and Steve Cohen with Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez
Edwards, Ricardo Alarcon,President of the National Assembly of People's Power Yarmouth, Cohen, March 23 2011

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."[30]

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.

The trip was sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, whose goal is to open Cuba and improve U.S. relations with that nation and others in Latin America.[31]

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.[32]

Meeting Marc Frank

Marc Frank, center, blue shirt, on left

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

A May 03, 2013 Press release from the radical controlled and Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Latin America Working Group's Cuba Team stated:

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.[33]

IPS celebration for Conyers

Steve Cohen addresses the event

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)[34], and members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus. Robert Borosage sent a tribute.

Speakers included civil rights icon Julian Bond, actor and activist Danny Glover, IPS founder Marcus Raskin, and Congressmembers Charles B. Rangel, Jan Schakowsky, Steve Cohen, and Alan Grayson.

John Cavanagh and Karen Dolan of the IPS MC'd.

Friends and colleagues of Congressman Conyers from all stages of his work for civil rights, peace, human rights attended.[35]

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,, Win Without War, Economic Policy Institute, and Center for Economic and Policy Research.[36]

Peace Action

Peace Action endorsed Steve Cohen in the 2018 election cycle.[37]

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.[38]

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Steve Cohen in 2012.[39]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Steve Cohen in 2014.[40]

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 [41]

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

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 16 other House Democrats will join President Barack Obama on his historic trip to Cuba March 20-22.

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.[42]

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).[43]

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.

Tami Sawyer, one of the leaders of Take ’Em Down 901, a group that had actively petitioned to remove the statues, told the Times that to “finally get to this moment is overwhelming.”

“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.[44]

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:, 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).

Impeaching Trump

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.[45]

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[46]


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by December 20 2018 included Steve Cohen.

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Steve Cohen.

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.

Marek connection

Rep. Cohen is a long time employer and mentor to Memphis activist John Marek.

Our Revolution


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.[47]


The following have worked as staff members for Steve Cohen:[48]

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