Tom Cotton is an American politician, attorney, and former military officer, has been the junior United States senator from Arkansas since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party and previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2015.
Age- 46 years
Height- 6 ft 5 in
Born- 13 May 1977
Birthplace- Dardanelle, Arkansas, United States
Spouse-Anna Peckham (m. 2014)
Thomas Cotton’s parents are Thomas Leonard “Len” Cotton and Avis (née Bryant) Cotton. His father served as a district supervisor in the Arkansas Department of Health, while his mother was initially a schoolteacher who later became the principal of their district’s middle school.
In 2014, Cotton married attorney Anna Peckham. They have two children together.
After graduating from Dardanelle High School, he participated in the local and regional basketball teams, often playing center due to his height of (1.96 m). In 1995, Cotton was admitted to Harvard College.
On January 11, 2005, Cotton joined the United States Army. After completing Officer Candidate School in June of the same year, he became a second lieutenant. He earned the Ranger tab and the Parachutist Badge after completing the U.S. Army Ranger Course and Airborne School. Cotton was deployed to Baghdad in May 2006 as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. Later, he was promoted to first lieutenant and reassigned to The Old Guard at Fort Myer. Cotton served in eastern Afghanistan from October 2008 to July 2009 as the operations officer of a Provincial Reconstruction Team. He was honorably discharged in September 2009, having received several awards for his service. Following this, Cotton joined McKinsey & Company. In July 2010, he entered the Army Reserve and was discharged in May 2013.
US House of Representative
Tom Cotton was elected to the US House of Representatives in 2012, representing Arkansas’s 4th district. As a congressman, he opposed many of President Obama’s policies. In 2014, Cotton ran for and was elected to the US Senate, defeating Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor. As a senator, Cotton has been a vocal supporter of President Trump’s policies and agendas.
In September 2020, Trump considered Cotton for a Supreme Court nomination, but Amy Coney Barrett was chosen instead. Despite opposing Obama’s nominee in 2016, Cotton supported a prompt Senate vote for Trump’s nominee after Justice Ginsburg’s passing. He reasoned that the national debate on the next justice shouldn’t be halted and voters should have a say. In January 2021, Cotton declared he wouldn’t back efforts to overturn the 2020 election results during the congressional certification of Electoral College results.
Tom Cotton’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
Latest News about Tom Cotton
Sen. Tom Cotton receives criticism for his repeated inquiries into TikTok’s CEO citizenship
Sen. Tom Cotton is facing criticism for extensively questioning TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew about his citizenship and potential ties to the Chinese Communist Party during a heated Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on child safety online. Chew was testifying alongside other social media CEOs as lawmakers grapple with calls for increased regulation of online platforms.
“Have you ever been a member of the Chinese Communist Party?” Cotton asked.
Chew replied, “Senator, I’m Singaporean.”
Cotton then asked, “Have you ever been associated or affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party?”
Chew, who lives in Singapore with his wife and children, who are American, responded, “No, Senator. Again, I’m Singaporean!”
People of Chinese descent make up more than 75% of Singapore’s population.
The widely shared exchange also saw Cotton asking Chew questions about the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and his perspective on it. “You said earlier, in response to a question, that what happened at Tiananmen Square in June of 1989 was a ‘massive protest.’ Did anything else happen at Tiananmen Square?” Cotton asked.
Chew said, “Yes, I think it’s well documented. There was a massacre.”
Social media users swiftly responded to the interaction. Journalist and digital media consultant Heidi Moore tweeted, “This is absolutely phenomenal in its revelation of how racist our government is, not just because the question itself is Sinophobic, but also because it’s clear that Tom Cotton can’t tell Asians apart even when they tell him.”