Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Committees and Caucuses

Committees and Leadership Roles in the 116th Congress

During the 116th Congress, Congressman Cohen will serve in the following U.S. House of Representatives leadership roles and committees: 

  • Member, House Committee on the Judiciary - Congressman Cohen sits on the full House Committee on the Judiciary, which is charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies and federal law enforcement entities. 
    • Chairman, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties - Additionally, Congressman Cohen serves as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s influential subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Justice, which has jurisdiction over constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, civil rights, ethics in government, medical malpractice and product liability, legal reform generally, and relevant oversight over those issues. 
  • Member, House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure - Congressman Cohen also serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, which has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation and aspects of our national infrastructure, such as clean water and waste water management, the transport of resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction, the management of federally owned real estate and public buildings, the development of economically depressed rural and urban areas, disaster preparedness and response, and hazardous materials transportation. 
  • Member, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee - Congressman Cohen was pleased to join the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee at the beginning of the 116th Congress. This Committee has wide-ranging jurisdiction, including federal non-military laboratories, astronautical and environmental research and development, and more.  
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) - The Helsinki Commission contributes to the formulation of U.S. policy on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and takes part in its execution, including through Member and staff participation on U.S. Delegations to OSCE meetings and in certain OSCE bodies. As a Member, Congressman Cohen has regular contact with parliamentarians, government officials, NGOs, and private individuals from other OSCE participating States. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine members from the U.S. House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce. 
  • House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee -  Congressman Cohen was elected by acclamation to the powerful Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. The Steering and Policy Committee sets the Democratic policy agenda and nominates Democratic Members for committee assignments. Congressman Cohen is the first Congressman from the Ninth District of Tennessee to serve on the committee since Harold Ford, Sr. served from 1988-1990 and the first Tennessean to serve on the committee since John Tanner served from 1996-2004.

Committees and Leadership Roles in the 115th Congress

During the 115th Congress, Congressman Cohen served in the following U.S. House of Representatives leadership roles and committees:

  • House Committee on Ethics - Congressman Cohen was appointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the House Ethics Committee. The Committee is the only standing committee of the House whose membership is evenly divided between each political party. The Committee includes five Democrats and five Republicans.

Committees and Leadership Roles in the 114th Congress

During the 114th Congress, Congressman Cohen served in the following additional U.S. House of Representatives leadership roles and committees:

  • House-Senate Highway Bill Conference Committee - Due to his seniority on the House Transportation Committee, Congressman Cohen served on the Conference Committee for the bipartisan, bicameral 10-year federal surface transportation reauthorization bill with select colleagues from the House of Representatives and Senate. 
  • House-Senate Opioids Conference Committee - Due to his seniority on the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Cohen served on the Conference Committee to address the opioid crisis with select colleagues from the House of Representatives and Senate.
  • Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee's Executive Overreach Task Force - Due to his seniority on the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Cohen was selected to serve as Ranking Member of the Executive Overreach Task Force. This task force conducted hearings and investigations relating to separation of powers and executive overreach issues and issued reports to the Committee detailing its findings and recommendations.

Congressional Caucuses

Congressional caucuses (sometimes called coalitions, task forces, working groups, or study groups) are groups formed Members of Congress who share common interests in order to provide a forum for specific issues or legislative goals. Caucuses are registered with the Committee on House Administration, but are otherwise informal. Congressman Cohen is a member of the following Congressional caucuses: