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.

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Obamacare, Cotton has hinted that he might support withholding government funding until the Obamacare failure is repealed.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

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.

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.[1]


  1. Daugherty, Owen (May 13, 2019). GOP senator defends China tariffs: Sacrifice by Americans 'minimal' compared to soldiers. The Hill. Retrieved May 13, 2019.

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