Tom Cotton was born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Arkansas, served as an Army infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is fighting for working Americans in the U.S. Senate.
“We are living in unmistakably troubling times. We must meet them with unmistakable strength and resolve.”
The tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 occurred during Tom’s final year of law school and changed his life’s trajectory.
After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and spending a short time in private law practice, he joined the United States Army as an Infantry Officer, spending nearly five years on active duty.
Called to serve.
Tom completed combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served with the 101st Airborne and a Provincial Reconstruction Team.
Between his two combat tours he served as a platoon leader with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, the unit responsible for military honors funerals.
Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Your United States Senator
Tom Cotton has served Arkansas in the U.S. Senate since 2015 and is a sixth-generation Arkansan who was born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School before going to Harvard and Harvard Law School.
Prior to his decisive election to the Senate, Tom worked as a management consultant and served one term in the House of Representatives.
“We will govern with strength, pride, and honor, just as Reagan did.”
— Sen. Tom Cotton
Delivering for America.
From day one, Tom has fought the tough battles for Arkansans and Americans, and he’s delivered real results in the Senate.
Tom Cotton was the first U.S. Senator to put forward a plan to stop toxic critical race theory, the 1619 Project. And he is the only Senator to have an anti-CRT provision pass the Senate.
Rebuilding America’s military strength
When the Army rolled out its initiative to weaken physical fitness standards for our troops, Tom took action, and the plan has been reversed. And he’s been pivotal to passing laws that give our troops pay raises and our veterans the critical care they deserve.
Stopping radical nominees
In 2021, Joe Biden nominated David Chipman — a gun-grabbing radical and conspiracy theorist — to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Tom led the fight to stop this nomination, just as he’s led the opposition to other extreme Biden nominees.
Abandoning the Iran nuclear deal
Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran was a disaster from the beginning. One of the first things Tom did in the Senate was expose it — and he was instrumental in the decision to withdraw from the deal once President Trump took office.
Keeping criminals in jail
Tom knows that we need to put hardened, career criminals where they belong — behind bars. While other Republicans joined Democrats in pushing for reduced sentences, Tom stopped a plan that would have freed sex offenders from prison.
Repealing Obamacare’s mandate
Obamacare’s individual mandate was a tax on 60,000 Arkansas families and countless others across America. In 2017, Tom led the fight to repeal the individual mandate, and he succeeded, saving working families from costly IRS tax penalties.