Congressman hopes to use senior post to vigorously protect civil liberties, prevent police overreach, and fight for voting rights; Congressman also retains seat on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee
[WASHINGTON, DC] – After serving on the House Judiciary Committee since joining Congress in 2007, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) was selected today to serve as Ranking Member of the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee for the 114th Congress. The significant post, which Congressman Cohen also held for much of the 113th Congress, gives the Congressman broad jurisdiction over constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, Federal civil rights, ethics in government, medical malpractice and product liability, legal reform generally, and relevant oversight over those issues.
“Throughout both my legal and political careers, my central focus has been the fight to protect our civil rights,” said Congressman Cohen. “It is a compliment to be selected by my colleagues as the lead Democrat on the committee charged with safeguarding the Constitution and protecting our civil liberties. Whether fighting to secure the voting rights that we hold sacred, prevent police overreach and abuse, safeguarding a woman’s right to choose, or bringing justice to those impacted by racially-biased policies like mandatory minimum sentences, I remain committed to doing everything in my power to protect the Constitution and the civil rights of all Americans. I look forward to using this appointment, which I accept with deep humility and great responsibility, to continue the fight for the issues the people of Memphis sent me here for.”
Congressman Cohen, who was recently awarded with a perfect score for his votes on civil rights issues during the 113th Congress, was also selected to serve on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. That subcommittee has jurisdiction over patent and trademark laws, as well as regulation of information technology, Administration of U.S. Courts, Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil and Appellate Procedure, and judicial ethics.