In the southwest corner of Tennessee, Memphis is located on the banks of the Mississippi river and borders both Arkansas and Mississippi. Memphis is steeped in its rich Delta past, but has transformed itself into a 21st Century city and America's distribution center.
The largest city in Tennessee, and among the largest metropolitan areas in the South, Memphis is a bustling hub for BBQ, entertainment and business. Memphis is home to Regional One Health, the regional trauma center for Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which conducts world-class cancer research and treatment, Methodists Hospital, and LeBonheaur Children's Hospital. Home to FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, Service Master and several other Fortune 500 companies, Memphis is consistently ranked among the best places to conduct business. A center for higher education and research, the Ninth District boasts the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee-Health Science Center, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University and the Southern College of Optometry. Due to its central location in the United States and its many business interests, Memphis’ International Airport handles more cargo than any other airport in America and second in the world. Memphis is also home to the University of Memphis Tigers, Memphis Grizzlies, and Memphis Redbirds. Memphis is also home to the historic recoding studios Stax Records and Sun Studio and current recording studios Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios and Ardent Recording Studios.
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WASHINGTON – Upon learning of today’s announcement of State Representative Johnnie Turner’s retirement, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) issued the following statement:
“I am proud to have worked with Representative Turner, both in her capacity as Executive Secretary of the NAACP and in the Tennessee General Assembly. Like her husband, she has been a voice of truth and a fighter for justice, and is among the last of a generation of civil rights leaders who have done so much for Memphis. I appreciate her many years of dedicated service, and she will be missed in Nashville.”
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) reacted to today’s Grand Jury indictments against 13 Russian nationals by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of pro-Trump Russian influence in the 2016 campaign, and made the following statement:
“The Russians’ use of false U.S. personas and social media designed to attract U.S. audiences with divisive political and social issues was clearly intended to sway American voters, and succeeded. Russian manipulation influenced the psychology of American voters.
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced the Fresh Start Act, a bill that would enable certain non-violent ex-federal offenders who have served their sentences and are now law-abiding, productive members of society to have their convictions expunged from their records.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) today objected to the proposed elimination of funding for the Legal Service Corporation (LSC) in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget and vowed to fight for finding.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) voted for the budget compromise that passed the House 240 to 186 this morning, and made the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today co-sponsored the PARADE Act, whose acronym spells out “Prohibit Allocation of Resources for Absurd Defense Expenditures,” an example of which would be President Trump’s wasteful proposal to conduct a military parade, and made the following statement:
“America’s greatness is not shown by displays of its military power; it’s shown through respect for the rule of law, for scientific contributions benefiting all mankind, and in our heritage of welcoming ‘the teeming masses yearning to breathe free.’
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) noted the passing of Memphis native Richard K. “Kirk” Bowden, a retired U.S. Marshal who protected Civil Rights figures in the 1960s, and made the following statement:
“I was saddened to learn of the passing of former Deputy U.S. Marshal Richard ‘Kirk’ Bowden who, as a deputy U.S. marshal, was one of a small group who protected James Meredith when he travelled off campus after integrating the University of Mississippi in 1962. Bowden later guarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1963 March on Washington.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) expressed grave concerns about today’s unprecedented and dangerously reckless release of classified information contained in the Republican House Intelligence Committee memo attributed to California Rep. Devin Nunes, and made the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced today that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded $202,039 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for allergy, immunology and transplantation research.