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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)

District: 9th District
Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for Tenn. House, 1970; Tenn. Constitutional Convention, 1977-78; Shelby County Commission, 1978-80; Shelby County General Sessions Court, 1980; defeated for election to Shelby County General Sessions Court, 1981; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 1994; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1996; Tenn. Senate, 1983-2006; U.S. House of Representatives, 2007-present
Born: May 24, 1949; Memphis, Tenn.
Residence: Memphis
Religion: Jewish
Family: Single
Education: Vanderbilt U., B.A. 1971; Memphis State U., J.D. 1973
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (5th term)
Committee Assignments: Judiciary (Constitution & Civil Justice - Ranking Member; Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet; Executive Overreach - Ranking Member); Transportation & Infrastructure (Aviation; Highways & Transit; Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials)

Election History
2014generalSteve Cohen (D) 87,37675.0
Charlotte Bergmann (R) 27,17323.3
Floyd Alberson (I) 7660.7
Paul Cook (I) 7520.6
Herbert Bass (I) 4830.4
2012generalSteve Cohen (D) 188,42275.1
George Flinn (R) 59,74223.8
Brian Saulsberry (I) 1,4480.6
Gregory Joiner (I) 1,3720.5
Kimberlee Smith (WRI) 20.0
Herbert Bass (WRI) 10.0
Isaac Richmond (WRI) 00.0
2010generalSteve Cohen (D) 99,82774.0
Charlotte Bergmann (R) 33,87925.1
Sandra Sullivan (I) 6730.5
Perry Steele (I) 5280.4
2008generalSteve Cohen (D) 198,79887.9
Jake Ford (I) 11,0034.9
Dewey Clark (I) 10,0474.4
Mary Wright (I) 6,4342.8
2006generalSteve Cohen (D) 103,34159.9
Jake Ford (I) 38,24322.2
Mark White (R) 31,00218.0
Roll Call Vitals


Tennessee is 24th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.