The first Jewish person to represent the state of Tennessee in Congress, Steve Cohen was first elected to represent his Memphis-based district in 2006.
Cohen first rose to political prominence when he was elected vice president of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1977 at the age of 27, after which he served in the Tennessee State Senate for more than two decades. Cohen is known as one of the most progressive congressmen ever to represent Tennessee. He has long been a supporter of universal healthcare, gun violence prevention and anti-hate-crime legislation.
Rep. Cohen has been a J Street champion.
He was an original co-sponsor of H.R. 5344, the Two State Solution Act — a milestone piece of legislation which presented various mechanisms for bringing about an eventual peace. Cohen also signed the 2022 Pocan-Schakowsky letter which vigorously opposed the proposed construction of the E-1 settlement (which was subsequently postponed).
Rep. Cohen was a supporter of President Obama's Iran deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons, and criticized the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.