Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Named Chairman of Judiciary Subcommittee

January 23, 2019
Press Release
Plans oversight of Trump administration, protection of voting rights

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) was named Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties today by the House Judiciary Committee.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m proud to be named chairman of the newly re-named House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. We have important and long-neglected oversight of the Trump administration to undertake as well as protecting voting rights that are under assault. It’s a great honor but the work is the challenge, and I look forward to it.”

Soon after coming to Congress in 2007, Congressman Cohen – an attorney and longtime state senator -- was named to the Judiciary Committee. In 2009, Congressman Cohen was named Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. He has served as the Ranking Member (the top Democrat) of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Law since 2013.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, federal civil rights and relevant oversight involving those issues. In this Congress, it plans to address major Constitutional issues, including, but not limited to, the presidential pardon power, the Electoral College, the Voting Rights Act and the emoluments clauses which prohibit presidents from accepting payments from foreign governments without Congress’s consent and prohibit presidents from receiving federal payments in excess of their salaries.