Congressman Cohen Elected to Regional Seat on Steering and Policy Committee

November 29, 2018
Press Release
Colleagues from the Region Choose Memphis Congressman for influential panel

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Cohen (TN-09) was elected by acclamation to the powerful Democratic Steering and Policy Committee this evening for the new Congress that convenes in January by Democratic Congressional colleagues from the 7th Region which encompasses Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Congressman Cohen has served as a member of the committee in an appointed capacity since January 2017 when he was named to it by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Steering and Policy Committee nominates Democratic Members for committee assignments and has both elected and appointed positions.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I am honored to receive this vote of confidence from my colleagues from the 7th Region and the opportunity to serve on the Steering and Policy Committee, and want to thank them for their support. I was honored to serve on the committee after my appointment almost two years ago by the once and future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I look forward to using my experience in Congress to help advise the House Democratic Caucus. Democrats must remain committed to ensuring civil rights and voting rights for all Americans, preserving the Affordable Care Act, protecting Medicare and Social Security, exercising oversight over the current administration’s culture of corruption and creating jobs to build a stronger economy, among other issues. I am grateful my colleagues have placed their trust in me.”

Congressman Cohen was 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.

In 2008, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to Congressman Cohen as the “conscience of the freshman class.” Congressman Cohen also serves of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Committee on Ethics, and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the Helsinki Commission). Earlier this month, he was elected to a seventh term representing Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District.