Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas

Tom Cotton

U.S. Senator from Arkansas

Thomas Bryant Cotton was born in May 1977 in Dardanelle, Arkansas.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He entered a master’s program at Claremont Graduate University but left to enroll at Harvard Law School from which he received a Juris Doctor. He clerked at the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, then entered private practice in Washington, D.C.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was commissioned as an infantry officer. He rose to the rank of captain before his discharge. He completed the U.S. Army Ranger Course, earning the Ranger tab, and Airborne School to earn the Parachutist Badge. He served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. After his time in the Army, Cotton worked for a management consulting firm.

Cotton was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served one term before being elected to the United States Senate. He assumed office in January 2015.

He is married to Anna Peckman and they have two children. He is a Christian.

In the News…

The Senate has approved an amendment to the $3.5 trillion budget resolution bill that will ban the use of federal funds to teach critical race theory in schools. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas introduced the “Stop CRT Act” in an effort to prevent tax dollars from being used to teach the controversial set of ideas in public school classrooms.

“They want to teach our children that America is not a good nation but a racist nation. Those teachings are wrong and our tax dollars should not support them,” Senator Cotton said ahead of the vote. “My amendment will ensure that federal funds aren’t used to indoctrinate children as young as pre-K to hate America.”

All Senate Democrats voted against the ban except for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin who gave the vote needed to successfully pass the amendment during a series of votes on amendments to the measure.

“Our future depends on the next generation of kids loving America and loving each other, as fellow citizens, no matter their race,” stated Senator Cotton.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Cotton today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas
326 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


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