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Rep. Steve Cohen

Representative for Tennessee’s 9th District

pronounced steev // KOW-un

Cohen is the representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 4, 2007. Cohen is next up for reelection in 2020.

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Cohen.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cohen is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Cohen has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: A+ Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 97% NIAC Action: A United States Chamber of Commerce: 38% NumbersUSA: 11% FreedomWorks: 10% Americans for Prosperity: 3%

Committee Membership

Steve Cohen sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cohen was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cohen sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (28%) Transportation and Public Works (19%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Finance and Financial Sector (12%) Taxation (8%) Health (8%) Education (4%) Armed Forces and National Security (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cohen’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cohen voted Yea

Failed 230/162 on Dec 20, 2018.

Cohen voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Cohen voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Cohen voted Aye

Cohen voted Yea

Cohen voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2007 to Jun 2019, Cohen missed 219 of 9,198 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: