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Cohen, Richard J.


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Saint Paul, MN

House 1977-78 (District 63B); House 1983-86 (District 64B); Senate 1987-2012 (District 64); Senate 2013-Present (District 64)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 12/10/1949 Date of Death: 
Birth Place: Saint Paul, Minnesota Birth County: Ramsey Birth Country: United States
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Jewish
City of Residence (when first elected):  Saint Paul

Occupation (when first elected):  Attorney, Hennepin County Public Defender

EDUCATION

Highland Park High School; Secondary;
Northwestern University; B.A.;
William Mitchell College of Law; J.D.;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Public Defender/OfficeHennepin County, Minnesota (Public Defender) ??/??/19?? to ??/??/????
U.S. Executive BranchPresident's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (Appointed by President Barack Obama)Appointed11/03/2009 to ??/??/20??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Single
Children:
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Special Legislative Concerns: finance, taxes, civil liberties, courts and justice, economic development.

He was a member of Mount Zion Temple.

Religion according to Jewish Community Relations Council and the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1977-78.

Total Days Served: 12253

SESSIONS SERVED

Legislative Session: 88th (2013-2014)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/2012 Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/2/2017
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Capital Investment
Finance (Chair)
Finance Subcommittee: Judiciary Division
Finance Subcommittee: State Departments and Veterans Division
Finance Subcommittee: Subcommittee on Legacy (Chair)
Judiciary
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Elections

Legislative Session: 87th (2011-2012)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/2/2010 Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Finance
Jobs and Economic Growth
Rules and Administration
State Government Innovation and Veterans

Legislative Session: 86th (2009-2010) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/2006 Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney; Personal Injury, Private Practice
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Capital Investment
Finance (Chair)
Finance Subcommittee: Economic Development and Housing Budget Division
Finance Subcommittee: Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
Finance Subcommittee: Judiciary Budget Division
Higher Education
Rules and Administration

Legislative Session: 85th (2007-2008)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/2006 Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/3/2011
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney, St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Capital Investment
Finance (Chair)
Finance Subcommittee: Economic Development Budget Division
Finance Subcommittee: Higher Education Budget and Policy Division
Finance Subcommittee: Judiciary Budget Division
Higher Education
Rules and Administration

Legislative Session: 84th (2005-2006) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/2002 Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Capital Investment
Finance (Chair)
Finance Subcommittee: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division
Finance Subcommittee: Public Safety Budget Division
Finance Subcommittee: State Government Budget Division
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Audit
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Budget

Legislative Session: 83rd (2003-2004)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/2002 Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/2/2007
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Capital Investment
Finance (Chair)
Finance Subcommittee: Environment, Agriculture and Economic Development Budget Division
Finance Subcommittee: State Government Budget Division
Judiciary
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Audit
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Budget

Legislative Session: 82nd (2001-2002)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/7/2000 Term of Office: 1/3/2001 to 1/6/2003
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Capital Investment
Education
Education Subcommittee: Higher Education Budget Division
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: State Government, Economic Development and Judiciary Budget Division (Chair)
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Family Law
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Redistricting
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Budget

Legislative Session: 81st (1999-2000) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Governmental Operations and Veterans
Governmental Operations and Veterans Subcommittee: Veterans
Governmental Operations and Veterans/Election Laws/State Gov't. Finance Comm. Subcommittee: Governmental Operations Budget Division
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Family Law
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Budget
State Government Finance (Chair)

Legislative Session: 80th (1997-1998)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/5/1996 Term of Office: 1/7/1997 to 1/2/2001
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Governmental Operations and Veterans
Governmental Operations and Veterans Subcommittee: Veterans
Governmental Operations and Veterans/Election Laws/State Gov't. Finance Comm. Subcommittee: Governmental Operations Budget Division
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Family Law
Rules and Administration
Rules and Administration Subcommittee: Senate Budget
State Government Finance (Chair)

Legislative Session: 79th (1995-1996) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Crime Prevention
Crime Prevention Subcommittee: Crime Prevention Finance Division
Ethics and Campaign Reform
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Finance State Government Division (Chair)
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Family Law

Legislative Session: 78th (1993-1994)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/3/1992 Term of Office: 1/5/1993 to 1/6/1997
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Crime Prevention
Ethics and Campaign Reform
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Finance State Government Division (Chair)
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Family Law

Legislative Session: 77th (1991-1992)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/6/1990 Term of Office: 1/8/1991 to 1/4/1993
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Banking
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Elections and Ethics
Finance
Finance Subcommittee: Economic and State Affairs Division
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Civil Law Division (Chair)
Judiciary Subcommittee: Privacy
Metropolitan Affairs
Redistricting

Legislative Session: 76th (1989-1990) (second half of Senate term)   Session Details
Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Consumer Protection
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Economic Development and Housing
Elections and Ethics
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Civil Law Division
Judiciary Subcommittee: Privacy (Chair)
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Property Taxes and Local Government Aids Division

Legislative Session: 75th (1987-1988)   Session Details term photo
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Body: Senate Elected: 11/4/1986 Term of Office: 1/6/1987 to 1/7/1991
District: 64 Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Commerce
Commerce Subcommittee: Insurance
Economic Development and Housing
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Civil Law Division
Judiciary Subcommittee: Privacy (Chair)
Taxes and Tax Laws
Taxes and Tax Laws Subcommittee: Property Taxes and Local Government Aids

Legislative Session: 74th (1985-1986)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/6/1984 Term of Office: 1/8/1985 to 1/5/1987
District: 64B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: State Departments Division
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Civil Laws and Administration
Regulated Industries and Energy
Regulated Industries and Energy Subcommittee: Energy

Legislative Session: 73rd (1983-1984)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/1982 Term of Office: 1/4/1983 to 1/7/1985
District: 64B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Appropriations
Appropriations Subcommittee: State Departments Division
Judiciary
Judiciary Subcommittee: Judicial Administration
Judiciary Subcommittee: Law Reform
Local and Urban Affairs
Local and Urban Affairs Subcommittee: Physical and Economic Development
Session Notes: His margin of victory over John Drew was only 14 votes so a recount occurred. After the recount he was declared the winner by 118 votes.

Legislative Session: 70th (1977-1978)   Session Details
Body: House Elected: 11/2/1976 Term of Office: 1/4/1977 to 1/2/1979
District: 63B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Attorney, Hennepin County Public Defender
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Committees:
Criminal Justice
Governmental Operations
Higher Education

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