Sen.-elect Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)

DATE OF BIRTH: May 13, 1977
BIRTHPLACE: Dardanelle, Ark.
RESIDENCE: Dardanelle, Ark.
EDUCATION: B.A., Harvard University; J.D., Harvard Law School
PREVIOUS OFFICE HELD: U.S. representative
FAMILY: Wife, Anna

Tom Cotton is heading to the Senate after unseating Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, one of the upper chamber’s most vulnerable incumbents this cycle. Cotton, who served one term in the U.S. House, received help from both establishment and Tea Party groups in his bid.

Cotton went to Harvard University and Harvard Law School before serving five years in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he earned a Bronze Star. After active duty he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co.

A sixth-generation Arkansan, Tom and his wife, Anna, live in Dardanelle, and are expecting their first child in April.