Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

Cotton Votes to Approve Keystone Pipeline

2014/11/14

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 Cotton Votes to Approve Keystone Pipeline   Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on today’s passage of legislation to approve the Keystone Pipeline: “Just as it did last year, today the House voted once again to approve the Keystone Pipeline. This pipeline is a win for our state economy. Not only would it lower Arkansans energy costs, but it would also create hundreds of jobs in the Natural State at places like Welspun Tubular. Unfortunately, President Obama has continued to play political games with this important project and it is now clear he’s interested in nothing more than appeasing his liberal allies. I urge the President to put politics aside and approve the Keystone Pipeline immediately. And if he fails to address this situation, Arkansans can rest assured the Keystone Pipeline will remain one of my top priorities in the months ahead.”   ### Read More

Cotton Statement in Honor of Veterans Day

2014/11/11

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt: 202-225-3772 Cotton Statement in Honor of Veterans Day Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement in observance of Veterans Day: “America’s veterans have many different types of service, but their invaluable contribution to our lives cannot be overstated. As the proud son and grandson of veterans, and as a veteran myself, this day has a special meaning to me and my family—just as it does for so many Arkansans and Americans. “Today, we pause to remember and honor our brave veterans and most importantly, thank them and their families for their service to this great country. We thank them for their courage, sacrifice and commitment to our freedom. And on this day and every day, may we always remember the important cause for which our veterans serve.”  ### Read More

Cotton Responds to Reports about Obama Administrations Dealings with Iran and Comments about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

2014/10/29

Contact: Doug Coutts (202) 225-3772 Cotton Responds to Reports about Obama Administrations Dealings with Iran and Comments about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  Washington, D.C.- Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today released the following statement in response to recent media reports about the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran and comments about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:  “I’m appalled at recent media reports suggesting the Obama administration is seeking ‘détente’ with Iran, while unnamed administration officials disparage Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with vulgar ad hominem attacks.  I call upon President Obama to renounce these reports and disclose the names of these officials and fire them.  Iran remains our worst enemy and Israel our closest ally.  The Obama administration’s weak behavior will only embolden Iran to continue its headlong rush to nuclear weapons and terror campaigns against America and our allies, while destabilizing the region and further eroding our interests. “Finally, for the record, I must note that Prime Minister Netanyahu in his youth was a member of Israel’s elite special-operations forces, where he displayed great courage.  He and his family have made grave sacrifices in the fight against our common enemies.  On behalf of all Arkansans, I want to thank Mr. Netanyahu for his bravery and service.” ### Read More

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

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3772
Fax 202-225-1314
cotton.house.gov

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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