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Steve Cohen
Steve Cohen.jpeg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 9
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PredecessorHarold Ford, Jr. (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,970,242
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Senator, Tennessee State Senate
Shelby County Commissioner
Bachelor'sVanderbilt University, 1971
J.D.University of Memphis School Of Law, 1973
BirthdayMay 24, 1949
Place of birthMemphis, TN
Net worth$3,410,551
Office website
Campaign website

Steve Cohen (b. May 24, 1949) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, representing the 9th congressional district. Cohen was first elected in 2006. He won re-election in 2012.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Cohen was a member of the Tennessee State Senate.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cohen is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Cohen's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1971: Graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • 1973: Graduated from Memphis State University
  • 1977: Vice-president, Tennessee state constitutional convention
  • 1978-1980: Served as Shelby County, Tenn., commissioner
  • 1982-2006: Served as a member of the Tennessee state senate
  • 2007-Present: U.S Representative from Tennessee

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Cohen serves on the following committees:[2]



House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Cohen was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into Congress in January of 2007.[3] Cohen is in his second term serving on the committee. The Congressman was elected in 2009 as Chairman on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.[1] Cohen also serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.[1]

The Congressman also serves on the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment which is responsible for considering impeachment of federal judges.[4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Cohen voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



President Barack Obama has endorsed Cohen for re-election in 2012.[6]



See also: Tennessee's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Cohen won the election.[7] Cohen ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 9th District. Cohen defeated Tomeka Hart in the August 2 Democratic primary. He faced George Flinn Jr. (R), Gregory Joiner (I), and Brian Saulsberry (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8]

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"
U.S. House, Tennessee's 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cohen Incumbent 89.3% 49,585
Tomeka Hart 10.7% 5,944
Total Votes 55,529

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cohen is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Cohen raised a total of $3,970,242 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 2, 2013.[12]

Steve Cohen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 9) Won $831,885
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 9) Won $1,151,408
2008 US House (Tennessee, District 9) Won $1,238,073
2006 US House (Tennessee, District 9) Won $748,876
Grand Total Raised $3,970,242


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Cohen's reports.[13]

Steve Cohen (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2012$934,215.71$147,294.10$(35,237.98)$1,046,271.83
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2012$1,046,271.83$80,015.00$(185,787.28)$940,499.55
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2012$918,141.60$139,048.15$(151,112.99)$906,076.76
Running totals


Cohen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Cohen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,151,408 and spent $843,236.[17]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Congressional District Election, 2010 - Steve Cohen Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,151,408
Total Spent $843,236
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $217,428
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $217,428
Top contributors to Steve Cohen's campaign committee
FedEx Corp$18,500
American Assn for Justice$10,000
American Crystal Sugar$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$78,981
Health Professionals$49,800
Real Estate$48,661
Air Transport$45,650
Industrial Unions$43,500


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cohen is a "far-left Democratic leader," as of June 26, 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cohen missed 140 of 5,229 roll call votes from January 2007 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[19]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cohen paid his congressional staff a total of $1,061,645 in 2011. Overall, Tennessee ranks 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cohen's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,737,102 and $5,084,000. That averages to $3,410,551, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 31.71% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cohen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,344,074 to $3,835,000. That averages to $2,589,537 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[22]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Cohen ranked 53rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[23]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Cohen ranked 45th in the liberal rankings.[24]

Percentage voting with party


Steve Cohen voted with the Democratic Party 94.7% of the time, which ranked 107th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[25]


Steve Cohen is single.

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Cohen," Accessed June 26, 2013
  2., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. "House Judiciary Committee" 110th Congress Hearings Summary(See Page II)
  4. House Judiciary Committee "Task Force on Impeachment Members, 111th Congress
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Memphis Flyer "Cohen gets president's nod as filing deadline comes," April 5, 2012
  7. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  8. Associated Press primary results
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Steve Cohen," Accessed April 2, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "Steve Cohen's Summary Report," Accessed August 10, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Steve Cohen April Quarterly," Accessed August 10, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Steve Cohen July Quarterly," Accessed August 10, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Steve Cohen October Quarterly," Accessed October 17, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Steve Cohen 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Steve Cohen," Accessed June 26, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Cohen," Accessed April 10, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Stephen Ira Cohen," Accessed September 18, 2012
  21., "Cohen (D-Tenn), 2011"
  22., "Stephen Ira Cohen (D-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Harold Ford, Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee District 9
Succeeded by