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Rep.-elect Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination FCC moves forward with rule aimed at protecting US communications networks MORE (R-Ark.-04)

DATE OF BIRTH: May 13, 1977

BIRTHPLACE: Dardanelle, Ark.

RESIDENCE: Dardanelle, Ark.

OCCUPATION: Lawyer, business consultant

EDUCATION: B.A., J.D., Harvard University


FAMILY: Single

A veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Tom Cotton won the previously Democratic seat after Rep. Mike Ross, a 12-year incumbent and member of the Blue Dog Coalition, chose not to run. 

The district was made more competitive after the redistricting process.

Cotton received his undergraduate and law degree from Harvard University. Upon graduation, he clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals. 

He says the Sept. 11 attacks in New York prompted him to enrolled in the Army, volunteering as an officer in the infantry. 

He first served in Iraq in 2006, and in 2008 deployed to Afghanistan. Between overseas stints, he served on The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He was awarded the Bronze Star. 

Following his military service, Cotton worked at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C.