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 Methodist.

In the News…

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas has expressed concerns over the many foreign employees working at the U.S. offices of Tik Tok that may have ties to the Chinese Communist Party. He wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the more than 570 H-1B visas for foreign nationals that have been approved by DHS for workers at the company’s California offices. 

“TikTok captures vast amounts of private information on users, including American citizens, and has long been suspected of providing the CCP with potential access to that information,” Senator Cotton said. “Given the security concerns with TikTok and the company’s repeated statements about ‘U.S.-based’ teams and data centers, having hundreds of foreign nationals working in those offices presents another potential threat.” 

“This threatens the safety and security of American citizens, and also functions as an avenue for the Chinese government to track the locations of and develop blackmail on federal employees and contractors,” he wrote. 

He asked that a list be provided by November 15 naming each sponsored employee, with nationalities and company titles. 

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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