Tennessee's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Steve Cohen Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Cohen Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


Tennessee U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 9th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Steve Cohen (D) defeated Ricky Wilkins, a lawyer and lifelong resident of Memphis, and Isaac Richmond, founder of the Commission on Religion and Racism, in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2014.[3] Cohen defeated Charlotte Bergmann, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, and independent candidates Floyd Alberson, Paul Cook and Herbert Bass in the general election.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 3, 2014
August 7, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Tennessee is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Steve Cohen (D), who was first elected in 2006.

The 9th District is located in the southwest region of Tennessee. It sits entirely in Shelby county and includes the city of Memphis.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party August 7, 2014, Democratic Primary

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 9 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cohen Incumbent 75% 87,308
     Republican Charlotte Bergmann 23.3% 27,163
     Independent Floyd Alberson 0.7% 766
     Independent Paul Cook 0.6% 751
     Independent Herbert Bass 0.4% 483
Total Votes 116,471
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 9 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cohen Incumbent 66.2% 45,366
Ricky Wilkins 32.5% 22,311
Isaac Richmond 1.3% 872
Total Votes 68,549
Source: Results via Associated Press

Key votes

Below are important votes that Cohen cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Cohen voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Cohen voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Cohen voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Cohen voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Cohen voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Cohen joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

2013 Farm bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Cohen opposed the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[19] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[20]

King Amendment

Cohen signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[21] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[22]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[23] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[24] Cohen voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[25]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[26] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Cohen voted for HR 2775.[27]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Cohen voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[28] The vote largely followed party lines.[29]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Cohen has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[30]

Endorsements

Steve Cohen

Cohen was endorsed by the following people:

Campaign contributions

Steve Cohen

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cohen's reports.[32]

Steve Cohen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2013$800,407.20$25,334.35$(25,846.02)$799,895.53
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$799,895.53$66,350.00$(70,205.09)$796,040.44
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$796,040.44$59,125.00$(17,731.97)$837,433.47
Year-End[36]January 31, 2014$837,433$73,989$(22,694)$888,020
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$888,020.49$90,075.00$(34,945.74)$943,149.75
Running totals
$314,873.35$(171,422.82)

Ricky Wilkins

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wilkins' reports.[38]

Ricky Wilkins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$0$122,186.00$(9,899.72)$112,286.28
Running totals
$122,186$(9,899.72)

Charlotte Bergmann

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bergmann's reports.[40]

Charlotte Bergmann (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 13, 2014$2,521.12$4,015.00$(6,053.64)$482.48
Running totals
$4,015$(6,053.64)

District history

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2012

The 9th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Steve Cohen won re-election in the district.[42]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cohen Incumbent 75.1% 188,422
     Republican George Flinn Jr. 23.8% 59,742
     Independent Gregory Joiner 0.5% 1,372
     Independent Brian Saulsberry 0.6% 1,448
Total Votes 250,984
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Steve Cohen won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charlotte Bergmann (D), Sandra Sullivan (I) and Perry Steele (I) in the general election.[43]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cohen incumbent 74% 99,827
     Republican Charlotte Bergmann 25.1% 33,879
     Independent Sandra Sullivan 0.5% 673
     Independent Perry Steele 0.4% 528
Total Votes 134,907

See also

External links

References

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