Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

Cotton Applauds Georgia-Pacific’s $37 Million Investment at Gurdon Lumber Operations

2014/10/16

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Applauds Georgia-Pacific’s $37 Million Investment at Gurdon Lumber Operations  Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today issued the following statement applauding Georgia-Pacific’s $37 million investment in its lumber operations in Gurdon, Arkansas: “Georgia-Pacific’s decision to further invest in its lumber operations in Gurdon is great news for Arkansas. This investment is a testament to the hard work and commitment of those members of the Gurdon lumber industry. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this investment and other continued success from Georgia-Pacific’s operations in Gurdon.” ### Read More

Arkansas Congressional Delegation Urges President Obama to Implement Additional Safeguards to Stop the Spread of Ebola

2014/10/03

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Arkansas Congressional Delegation Urges President Obama to Implement Additional Safeguards to Stop the Spread of Ebola Washington, D.C.—Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a letter to President Obama asking the administration to take further steps to protect Americans against the spread of the Ebola virus. The letter says, in part:   “While it’s important to establish appropriate protocols to treat, contain, and defeat the virus in this country, those protocols and the admirable efforts of health officials and workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are, unfortunately, subject to human error.  Plus which, ease of movement in today’s global economy means that individuals in affected countries could—possibly knowingly—be infected but not yet symptomatic and travel to the U.S., as was the case with the patient now in a Dallas hospital.” The letter goes on to request the administration to consider and implement travel restrictions on countries affected by Ebola and to enforce immigration policies in the interest of securing our border.   The full text of the letter can be found here.   ### Read More

Combatting the Spread of Ebola

2014/10/03

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a case of the Ebola virus in an individual who recently traveled to the United States from Africa. While I am confident there is no country better equipped to stop the spread of Ebola, we must be vigilant in protecting ourselves. But as more details emerge, I am becoming increasingly concerned about the way this situation has been handled. First, Mr. Duncan was able to leave Liberia just four days after coming in close contact with someone suffering from the Ebola virus by simply lying to airport officials—no steps were taken to investigate his background. Further, Mr. Duncan was initially discharged from a Texas hospital, despite repeatedly telling hospital officials he was from Liberia.   I applaud health officials’ actions to immediately quarantine the infected patient and closely monitor all individuals with whom he had direct contact, but it’s becoming evident current protocols are no longer sufficient to control this terrible disease. I urge the Obama administration to seriously address this issue and errors that allowed this disease to enter the United States. And I call on President Obama to consider instituting travel restrictions on countries in which the Ebola virus is prevalent. In the coming days, it is imperative we act swiftly and aggressively to ensure the Ebola virus in the United States remains contained. I hope you will all join me in lifting up this individual and all those affected by Ebola in Africa and throughout the world in prayer as they battle this terrible disease. Read More

Cotton Receives the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

2014/10/02

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772  Cotton Receives the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) was recognized by the National Association of Manufactures (NAM) as a recipient of their Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for the 113th Congress.  This award is given each Congress to those Senators and Representatives whose voting record reflects consistent support of policies important to the manufacturing community.   “Manufacturing is one of Arkansas’s most important industries and it plays a critical role in our state economy,” said Congressman Cotton. “But for the last six years manufacturers in Arkansas and across the country have been stifled by the uncertainty and government overreach of the Obama administration. I am honored to receive this award and I will continue to support and champion the policies Arkansas and American manufacturing need to grow and create jobs.”   ### Read More

Cotton Applauds New Raytheon Contract

2014/09/30

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Applauds New Raytheon Contract Washington, D.C. –Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today issued the following statement applauding a $149 million contract award to Raytheon Company to manufacture key parts of the Tamir interceptor used in Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system:    “I am pleased with the decision to award Raytheon this important contract and the news that Aerojet will subsequently manufacture products in support of this project. Both Raytheon and Aerojet have long been models of hard-work and success, and this contract reaffirms the important work of so many Arkansans in and around Camden.    “Moreover, as we’ve seen recently, the Iron Dome is a vital defense system that protects innocent Israelis from incoming rockets, artillery, and mortars. Arkansans should take pride in knowing that Camden-manufactured products provide much-needed protection to one of our country’s most important allies. I look forward to seeing the progress of this contract on my next visit to Camden.” ###   Read More

Arkansas Congressional Delegation Requests Expected Health Insurance Rates

2014/09/23

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Arkansas Congressional Delegation Requests Expected Health Insurance Rates Washington, D.C.—Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1),Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a letter to ADI Commissioner Jay Bradford requesting information on health insurance rates Arkansans can expect to find on healthcare.gov when open enrollment begins November 15, 2014.  It was publicly reported earlier this year that the Arkansas Department of Insurance (ADI) would release expected rates for health plans available on healthcare.gov for coverage starting in 2015 on September 10, 2014.  However, these rates have yet to be released. The letter says, in part: “Thanks to your actions last year regarding private market plan renewals, a large number of Arkansans are only now receiving cancellation notices for their plans and will thus be navigating Healthcare.gov for the first time this November.  Therefore, it is vital they have the information necessary to evaluate which exchange plan best meets their needs and complete their purchase in time to receive health care coverage on January 1, 2015.” The letter goes on to express concern that the problems associated with last year’s rollout of healthcare.gov may not be resolved and requests the department release this year’s rates, along with rate data detailed by insurer, rate area, age, and premium. The full text of the letter can be found here.  ### Read More

Cotton Votes to Fund the Government and Combat the Threat of ISIS

2014/09/17

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Votes to Fund the Government and Combat the Threat of ISIS Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on passage of H.J. Res. 124, Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015: “Today the House voted to fund the government through December 11. While this is an important step, it’s disappointing that Senate Democrats can’t perform their most basic duty and do the same to provide long-term certainty and to prioritize the use of taxpayer dollars. This legislation also authorizes additional steps to combat the Islamic State. Regrettably, President Obama has ignored for years the threat of the Islamic State, dismissing them as 'the JV team' and saying he has no strategy to fight them, even as they behead Americans and crucify Christians. The Islamic State poses an immediate danger to the safety and security of Arkansans, and all Americans, and it’s past time that we confronted and destroyed this mortal enemy.” ### Read More

Cotton Receives NFIB’s “Guardian of Small Business Award”

2014/09/17

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Receives NFIB’s “Guardian of Small Business Award” Washington, D.C.—Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) named Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) a recipient of their "Guardian of Small Business Award" for the 113th Congress. The "Guardian of Small Business Award" is awarded each Congress to U.S. Senators and Representatives who demonstrate an outstanding voting record on behalf of America's small businesses.    “The record shows that Rep. Cotton is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.” “Small businesses are the cornerstone of Arkansas's economy. But for the last 6 years, they've struggled under the big-government policies of the Obama Administration," said Cotton. "I am honored to receive this award and I will continue to fight and protect the interests of Arkansas's small businesses." ### Read More

The Brutality of ISIS’ Actions Against Religious Minorities is Barbaric and Intolerable

2014/09/12

Wednesday, I made the opening statement below on the brutality of ISIS against religious minorities during a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing entitled, “Genocidal Attacks Against Christian and Other Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq”. [[{"fid":"548","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"September 10, 2014: Rep. Tom Cotton Speaks About ISIS' Persecution of Religious Minorities","height":"380","width":"640","class":"media-element file-full"}}]]   Full Text of Remarks “The barbaric actions of the Islamic State have brought the persecution of Christians more immediately in front of the American people, crucifying Christians or even burying them alive, cleansing them from Mosul, the ancient biblical town of Nineveh. But this is not a new phenomenon; this is something that’s been happening for many years. When I served in Iraq in 2006, we saw the persecution of Christians in the neighborhoods in Bagdad, where my soldiers and I patrolled. It’s something that the United States cannot stand idly by and tolerate, especially when it’s perpetrated by enemies that mean to strike the United States here, in the United States’ homeland. As a reminder, they’re our enemies not because of anything we have done in the world but because of who we are and what we stand for. We are a country built on freedom and the first of those freedoms is the freedom of religion.  And they want to strike us because of those freedoms. It’s important that we have the courage to stand up for our own national security and for the oppressed minorities in places like Iraq.” Read More

Cotton Statement on President Obama's ISIS Remarks

2014/09/11

Contact: Doug Coutts: 202-225-3772 Cotton Statement on President Obama's ISIS Remarks Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on ISIS last night: "The Islamic State is a mortal threat to America and Arkansas.  President Obama finally acknowledged this threat after months of dismissing them as 'the JV team.'  Yet President Obama still hasn’t laid out a real strategy to defeat the Islamic State, nor is he committed to victory if he thinks terrorist havens like Yemen and Somalia are models of success.  Time will tell if the president appreciates the gravity of the threat and if he finally commits to victory.  Meantime, I will continue to advocate for actions to fight and destroy the Islamic State, just as I did when I fought their precursor, al Qaeda in Iraq, as a soldier in Baghdad." ### Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3772
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Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Foreign Affairs

Tom Cotton represents the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas in the United States House of Representatives. He is serving his first term in the House and sits on the Financial Services and House Foreign Affairs Committees.

Born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County, Tom is a sixth generation Arkansan and a native of the congressional district he now represents. He graduated from Dardanelle high school, Harvard, and Harvard Law School.

The 9/11 attacks occurring during Tom’s final year in law school, causing him to leave law after a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and a brief period in private practice to join the armed forces. Tom declined a commission as a JAG attorney and instead joined the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.

Tom served nearly five years on active duty, completing two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne, where he led an infantry platoon in daily combat patrols. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. Between his two combat tours, Tom served as a platoon leader with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He then served in Afghanistan as the operations officer for a Provincial Reconstruction Team. After leaving active duty and before Congress, Tom worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co.


Serving With

Rick Crawford

ARKANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Tim Griffin

ARKANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

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