Thomas Bryant Cotton is a member of the Republican Party. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2015, and has served as the junior United States Senator from Arkansas since 2015. Cotton holds a degree in government from Harvard College and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. He was commissioned in the United States Army, where as an infantry officer he rose to the rank of captain.
About Tom Cotton in brief
Thomas Bryant Cotton is a member of the Republican Party. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2015, and has served as the junior United States Senator from Arkansas since 2015. Cotton holds a degree in government from Harvard College and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. He also attended, but did not graduate from, Claremont Graduate University. In 2005, Cotton was commissioned in the United States Army, where as an infantry officer he rose to the rank of captain. His military record includes service in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge. In June 2006, Cotton gained international public attention after writing an open letter to the editor of The New York Times. Cotton called for the journalists to be prosecuted for espionage for publishing an article detailing a classified government program. Cotton’s letter was published on a conservative blog that had been copied on the email of a professor of journalism at New York University in 2011. In 2011, Cotton accused the newspaper of having violated the fullest extent of the espionage law and incarcerated the journalists. He has never used the Espionage Act of 2011 in his political career, but has used it against journalists in the past. Cotton was elected to the Senate at age 37 in 2014, defeating two-term Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor. He was elected as the Representative for Arkansas’s 4th congressional district in 2012 and to the Senator at age 39 in 2014.
He attended Dardanelle High School where he played on the local and regional basketball teams; standing 6 ft 5 in tall, he was usually required to play center. He graduated with an A. B. magna cum laude in 1998 after only three years of study. Cotton graduated from Harvardlaw School with a J. D. degree in 2002, and commenced a one year federal clerkship for Judge Jerry Edwin Smith of the United United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He left in 1999, saying that he found academic life “too sedentary’ and instead enrolled at Harvard law School. Cotton’s father, Thomas Leonard \”Len\” Cotton, was a district supervisor in the Arkansas Department of Health, and his mother, Avis Cotton,. was a schoolteacher who later became principal of their district’s middle school. Cotton spent five years on active service in the Army, and was awarded a Bronze Star, two Army Commendation Medals, Combat Infantry man Badge, Ranger Tab, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal. His 11-month deployment ended on July 20, 2009, and he returned from Afghanistan. In July 2010, Cotton transferred to the Army Reserve. In May 2013, after almost 8 years of service, Cotton was honorably discharged from the Army. Cotton completed two combat deployments overseas, in October 2008, and in October 2010, he returned to Arkansas. He was assigned within the Train Advise Assist Command – East at its Gamberi forward operating base in Laghman Province.