Alumni Spotlight: The Hon. Steve Cohen (JD '73)
2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Honorable Stephen I. Cohen (JD ’73)
Congressman Steve Cohen is a fourth-generation Memphian who has dedicated his life to public service. Currently serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional district, Congressman Cohen has held public office in the Tennessee General Assembly (1982-2006), the Shelby County Commission (1978-1980), and Vice-President of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention (1977). He is known throughout the state as the “Father of the Tennessee Lottery,” after leading the referendum effort that instituted the successful Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship program, an initiative to provide Tennesseans with access to affordable, quality, post-secondary education. Cohen is also a Life Member of the Alumni Association.