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After 20 years, Cohn presides over final Sacramento City Council meeting

Steve Cohn in September.
Steve Cohn in September.

Sacramento Councilman Steve Cohn presided over his final council meeting on Tuesday, ending an unprecedented 20-year run at City Hall.

Cohn has represented District 3 since 1994. The district now includes east Sacramento and South Natomas, and also represented midtown for many years.

Cohn is believed to be the longest-serving council member in city history. Known for his long speeches from the council dais, he thanked his supporters and listed the highlights of his career during a 45-minute speech.

“I’ve learned from each and every one of you,” he told his council colleagues, fighting back tears. “It’s been a privilege to serve.”

Moments before Cohn’s final meeting started, the city announced it was naming the pedestrian tunnel connecting the historic downtown train depot with the train passenger platforms after Cohn, a vocal mass transit advocate.

“We’ve been very honored to have Steve Cohn give such a large portion of his life to the city of Sacramento,” Mayor Kevin Johnson said.

Jeff Harris is replacing Cohn in office. Harris will be sworn in next week.

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