Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee


Latest News

September 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation, today demanded answers from Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Daniel Elwell about why provisions of the Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act have not been fully implemented.

September 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, questioned witnesses at a hearing today about the Trump Administration’s oversight of the Trump Organization’s lease of the Old Post Office. The Inspector General of the U.S.

September 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, today questioned witnesses during a hearing on “Protecting America from Assault Weapons.” Congressman Cohen is a cosponsor of H.R. 1296, Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. See Congressman Cohen’s full exchange with witnesses here

September 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today commended House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for opening a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump.  


September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Center will receive a grant of $448,750 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for research involving immunology, allergies and transplantation.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

September 20, 2019 Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today wrote letters to the Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and to Governor Bill Lee condemning the proposed block-granting of TennCare.

September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today introduced the Deadly Force Independent Review Act that would require federal law enforcement agencies to establish a protocol for investigating their use of deadly force by federal officers and require the inspector general for the investigating agency to review and report on the adequacy or flaws in the review. 

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, questioned witnesses at a hearing on police practices and improving the relationship between the law enforcement and the communities they serve.  Many of the witnesses endorsed the principle of an independent review when deadly forced is used. Congressman Cohe


In The News

November 18, 2015 In The News

As co-chair of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, I have long been a proponent of greater funding for the National Institutes of Health.

There is no one whose life is not touched by disease, and there is no one who cannot benefit from improved medical research. The NIH is our nation's personal Department of Defense for America's health.

August 14, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen believes when the American flag rises over the U.S. Embassy in Cuba today for the first time in half a century, other barriers will start to fall.

July 19, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen has been urging President Barack Obama for years to make a forceful case for criminal justice reform.He has written letters to Obama and talked to him personally. He’s had conversations on the subject with Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

July 12, 2015 In The News

MEMPHIS,. Tenn — When it comes to civil rights and social justice, Judge D’Army Bailey was considered as being one of its most important crusaders. Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis knew Bailey for many years.

June 28, 2015 In The News

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe has deep-seated roots in the old South. Some of his family members fought in the Confederate army during the Civil War.

But asked on a radio show last week whether it’s time for South Carolina to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of its statehouse, the congressman conceded, “It probably is.”

June 17, 2015 In The News

The airline industry has hit the brakes on its program to shrink the size of carry-on luggage “in light of concerns expressed primarily in North America.”

June 16, 2015 In The News

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is trying to stop U.S. airlines from shrinking the size of carry-on luggage allowed on planes.

The Memphis Democrat filed legislation late Monday that would bar airlines that charge passengers a fee for checked luggage from reducing the maximum size of carry-on bags.

May 20, 2015 In The News

Congressman Steve Cohen introduced an amendment today that would give Downtown the first consideration when the federal government is deciding where to build.

Cohen is proposing an amendment to H.R. 2322 – STRONG Act that would instructs the General Services Administration to give first consideration to urban/downtown areas when deciding the location of new federal buildings.

May 19, 2015 In The News

In the wake of recent highly publicized tragedies in Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, North Charleston and Baltimore, it is abundantly clear that the gulf of mistrust between some local law enforcement agencies and many communities of color is very deep and in urgent need of repair.

May 18, 2015 In The News

Insurmountable student loan debt has been making headlines in recent years, but it’s not news to Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). While a state senator in Tennessee, Cohen learned of the plight of a former intern who was in burdened with student loan debt. “I saw that and realized how unfair it was,” Cohen told Blue Nation Review. “It was stifling her life and her advancement.”



February 2, 2012 Video

Congressman Steve Cohen sits down with WMC-TV reporter Kontji Anthony to review the Second Session of the 111th Congress.

February 1, 2012 Video

Footage of the funeral for Lt. Col. Luke Weathers at Arlington National Cemetery. Lt. Col. Weathers was a member of the Red Tails.

February 1, 2012 Video

Congressman Cohen on Up with Chris Hayes, January 29, 2012. Panel included former Condoleeza Rice speechwriter Elise Jordan, Latino Decisions Communications Director Victoria deFrancesco Soto and Esther Armah of WBAI-FM. Part 2 of 2. Uploaded with permission from MSNBC.