Served our Country in the Military and now in Office- Congressman-elect Tom Cotton

Posted December 6, 2012




This is the fifth in a series of profiles of the 12 veterans elected to Congress for the first time in November.

Representative-elect Tom Cotton was a practicing attorney in his home state of Arkansas, when he was enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2004. He declined a direct commission to the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps, choosing instead to volunteer as an infantryman. Mr. Cotton deployed as an infantry leader with the 101st Airborne in 2006 and as operations officer for a 83-member joint and interagency operating team in Afghanistan in 2008. In between, he was a platoon leader with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

The congressman-elect spent five years on active duty, before continuing to serve as a reserve officer, as he became a management consultant. He worked on business strategy, operations, finance, and marketing for businesses in the health care, agriculture, oil and gas, and several industries.

Tom Cotton grew up on his family’s cattle ranch near his hometown of Dardanelles, Arkansas. He graduated from Harvard University, Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk for a judge on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The newly elected representative will succeed retiring Congressman Mike Ross in January, representing Arkansas’s fourth district, which includes most of the state’s south and west.