Tom Cotton

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Tom Cotton
Tom Cotton official Senate photo.jpg
Junior U.S. Senator from Arkansas
From: January 3, 2015 – present
Predecessor Mark Pryor
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
U.S. Representative from Arkansas's 4th District
From: January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Predecessor Mike Ross
Successor Bruce Westerman
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Anna Cotton
Religion Methodist
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Army
Service Years 2005–2009 (active)
2010–2013 (reserve)
Rank Captain
Unit 506th Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
3rd Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Iraq War
Afghan War
Awards Bronze Star Medal
Combat Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab

Tom Cotton is the current junior senator from Arkansas. He is a strong conservative in contrast to his colleague John Boozman, who is Arkansas's senior senator.

Sen. Cotton is viewed as the neoconservatives' choice for president in 2024, a rival to the expected bids by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz.

U.S. House of Representatives

Cotton formerly represented Arkansas in its 4th congressional district. He was first elected to this seat in 2012. A leader against Obamacare, Cotton has hinted that he might support withholding government funding until the Obamacare failure is repealed.

U.S. Senate

2014 election

He defeated entrenched Democrat Mark Pryor for the U.S. Senate seat in 2014. He took an early lead against Pryor in polls back in August 2013.


In June 2020, Cotton spearheaded a resolution to condemn the far-left agenda of attempting to defund the police.[1]

Sen. Cotton introduced a bill in mid-June 2020 that would offer cash benefits to exemplary police officers.[2]

Political positions

Cotton takes strongly conservative stances on immigration, supporting reduced legal immigration levels and stronger border security. He co-sponsored the RAISE Act. Cotton has also defended President Trump's tariffs on China.[3]


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