Last Updated: 21 Aug, 2023 | Views: 83
Other Profession(s): Military Officer, Attorney
Famous For: United States Senator from Arkansas
Higher Education: Harvard University (BA, JD)
Net Worth: $4 Million Approx.
Tom Cottonwas born May 13, 1977 in Dardanelle, Arkansas, U.S. His 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. Tom Cotton attended Dardanelle High School, where he played on the local and regional basketball teams; he was usually required to play center.
Tom Cotton Career:
Tom Cotton Private Law Practice:
• After graduating from Harvard Law School, Cotton spent one year as a law clerk for Judge Jerry Edwin Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
• He then went into private practice as an associate at law firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Cooper & Kirk in Washington, D.C., until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005.
Tom Cotton Serve For Military Services:
• Tom Cottonenlisted in the United States Army. He entered Officer Candidate School (OCS) in March 2005 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June.
• Tom Cotton completed the U.S. Army Ranger Course, a 62-day small unit tactics and leadership program that earned him the Ranger tab, and Airborne School to earn the Parachutist Badge.
Tom Cotton Political Career:
• Shortly after Tom Cotton's Afghanistan deployment ended, he was introduced to Chris Chocola, a former congressman and the president of Club for Growth.
• Tom Cottonconsidered a run against incumbent Democratic U.S. senator Blanche Lincoln in 2010 but declined due to lack of donors and believing it was premature.
Tom Cotton U.S. House of Representatives:
• In September 2011, Arkansas Times editor Max Brantley, criticized Cotton for a 1998 article Tom Cotton wrote in The Harvard Crimson.
• Tom Cotton became a vocal opponent of the Obama administration's foreign and domestic policies.
Tom Cotton Work As U.S. Senate
• Tom Cotton announced he would challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor for his seat in the United States Senate.
• Tom Cotton was reelected, defeating Libertarian challenger Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. Though Cotton outperformed President Donald Trump in the concurrent presidential election by 4.1%.
Tom Cotton Awards:
• Combat Infantryman Badge
• Parachutist Badge
• Air Assault Badge
• Ranger Tab
• 506th Infantry Regimental Distinctive Insignia
Tom Cotton Unknown Facts
• A rating from the National Rifle Association of America: Cotton has an A rating from the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), which endorsed him in the 2014 election.
• Hate Crimes Act: Cotton was one of six Republican senators to vote against advancing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which would allow the U.S. Justice Department to review hate crimes.