Arkansas (District: 4)
Thomas B. “Tom” Cotton (born May 13, 1977) is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States House of Representatives representing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas%27s_4th_congressional_district">Arkansas’s 4th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party. He is a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Army">U.S. Army veteran and a lawyer.
Born in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russellville,_Arkansas">Russellville, Arkansas, Cotton is a graduate of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_College">Harvard College and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_Law_School">Harvard Law School. He worked as a law clerk and as an attorney in private practice before joining in the U.S. Army in 2005. Cotton served a tour in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War">Iraq and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan_(2001%E2%80%93present)">Afghanistan, before leaving the military with the rank of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_(armed_forces)">captain in 2009. He worked as a management consultant for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKinsey_%26_Company">McKinsey & Company before returning to his hometown of Dardanelle, Arkansas to work on his family’s cattle farm.
In September 2011, Cotton announced his candidacy to run for Congress, after five term incumbent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Ross_(politician)">Mike Ross announced he wouldn’t run for reelection. On May 22, 2012, he won the Republican primary with 57% of the vote, later defeating Arkansas State Senator http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Jeffress">Gene Jeffress in the general election with 59% of the vote.