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Rep.-elect Tom CottonTom CottonCruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power Overnight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda Iran deal faces uncertain future under Trump 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.