Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. This week, we sat down with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) to talk “Blazing Saddles” and summer cocktails.
Q: What’s your favorite movie? And what’s your favorite line? A: “Blazing Saddles.” I loved Mel Brooks. Every scene in that movie is a classic. It points out racism, points out prejudice, a lot of fallacies. A lot of lines in it are so perfect. “You’d do it for Randolph Scott!”
Q: Do you have a favorite drink? A: A Pimm’s Cup cocktail. It’s English summer liqueur, a gin-based fruit liqueur. It’s a summertime cocktail.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? A: My father, President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.
Q: Who’s your best friend in Congress? A: Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)
Q: If you could have any job other than being a Congressman, what would it be? A: I’d be the commissioner of the NBA. I absolutely, totally love sports, and I would do everything I could to rig the whole thing to help Memphis win the championship.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.