Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Chairs Field Hearing on Voting Rights Act

May 3, 2019
Press Release
Houston hearing highlights ongoing vote-suppression efforts


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, presided at a field hearing in Houston today to examine voting rights in Texas.

The hearing took testimony from Ernest Herrera, staff attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Gary L. Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP; Jayla Allen, chair of Rock the Vote at Prairie View A&M University; Michael T. Morley, an assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law; Mimi Marzani, president of the Texas Civil Rights Project; Jerry Vattamala, director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Jose Garza, voting rights counsel, Mexican American Legislative Caucus in the Texas House of Representatives.

After the hearing, Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“Today’s hearing highlighted the extent of efforts to impede the minority vote in this country. The witness testimony inspires me to redouble my efforts to pass H.R. 118, the Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act, which I introduced on the first day of this Congress and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which I have cosponsored. We need to guarantee the right to vote is extended to all eligible voters.”