UNITED STATES SENATE
TOM COTTON, United States Senate
Tom Cotton currently represents Arkansas in the United States Senate. He is a 6th generation Arkansan who was born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School before going to Harvard and Harvard Law School.
After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and a short time in a private law practice, Tom joined the United States Army as an Infantry Officer where he spent nearly 5 years on active duty.
Tom completed combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served with the 101st Airborne and a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours he served as a platoon leader with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, the unit responsible for military honors funerals. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Ranger Tab.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Tom worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the House of Representatives.
The Obamacare mandate was a tax on more than 60,000 Arkansas households that couldn’t afford health insurance. Senator Cotton fought and succeeded in repealing the tax as part of the 2017 tax cut. He led the charge in the Senate to end the hated penalty during passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
As a leader on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Cotton has fought for rebuilding our military. Tom has passed countless bills to make sure that our brave soldiers at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, Fort Chaffee, and Little Rock Air Force Base have the resources they need to keep us safe. Senator Cotton believes that we can only keep our nation and allies safe if our military remains the strongest and most technologically advanced fighting force in the world. In particular, he’s pushed for and passed legislation that helps the United States confront the rising threats of Russia and China.
As any Arkansas veteran knows, the Veterans Administration has plenty of problems that often result in poor quality care for those who deserve it the most. Over the years Senator Cotton has voted for and sponsored many VA reforms. In particular, Tom helped pass a bill that established the VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. He’s also amended whistleblower protection laws to remove VA employees who retaliate against other employees for bringing attention to problems within the VA system. Senator Cotton also has worked to modernize VA health care, approving new electronic health-care systems, walk-in care access, medical staff recruitment and training, optimization of VA facilities, and more.
Tom has worked across the aisle to stand up to big pharmaceutical companies that are driving up the cost of drugs for Arkansas seniors. He’s worked with the Trump administration to get more generic drugs on the market and stop a patent scheme where a pharmaceutical company transferred a drug to an Indian tribe in order to drive up the price.
Tom has been the leader in the Senate on cracking down on fentanyl and opioid traffickers. He has worked with Arkansas law enforcement and President Trump to increase the penalties for criminals trafficking opioids. In 2019, a national group of drug-enforcement officers named Senator Cotton their Member of the Year for leading the fight against illegal drugs.
Cotton for Senate
PO Box 7839
Little Rock, AR 72217-7504
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