Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. His committees include the Banking Committee, where he chairs the Economic Policy Subcommittee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee.
Cotton grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Cotton left the law because of the September 11th attacks. He served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.
Cotton served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, he served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Cotton’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Between the Army and the Senate, Cotton worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the House of Representatives.
Cotton and his wife, Anna, have two sons, Gabriel and Daniel.