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Amnon Cohen
Date of birth 1 June 1960 (1960-06-01) (age 49)
Place of birth Samarkand, Soviet Union
Year of aliyah 1970
Knessets 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th
Party Shas

Amnon Cohen (Hebrew: אמנון כהן‎, born 1 June 1960) is an Israeli politician and member of the Knesset for Shas.

Biography

Born in Samarkand in the Soviet Union (today in Uzbekistan), Cohen made aliyah to Israel in 1973. He gained a BA in business administration at the Center for Academic Studies in Kiryat Ono and took a two-year course at the Institute for Local Government in Bar-Ilan University.

Cohen served as deputy mayor and acting mayor of Ramla, and chaired the city's Organisation for Prisoner Rehabilitation. He has also been a member of the city union on Secondary Education, the Ayalon Sewage Programme, the Ayalon Fire Department and the board of Amal College.

He was first elected to the Knesset on Shas' list in 1999 and chaired the Public Petitions committee. He retained his seat in the 2003 elections, after which he chaired the State Control and Economic Affairs committees. He was re-elected again in 2006, and served as a Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. In 2006 he won the Quality of Government Badge for legislators. He retained his seat in the 2009 elections after being placed fourth on the Shas list.

Cohen is married with four children and lives in Ramla.

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