Tom Cotton: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Tom Cotton: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tom Cotton, U.S. Senate

Tom Cotton and republican U.S. Senate elect in Arkansas greets supporters during an election night gathering on November 4, 2014 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. (Getty)

Tom Cotton will address the Republican National Convention on Monday in Cleveland.

The theme of Monday’s session is “Make America Safe Again.” Other speakers on Monday include, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and Donald Trump’s wife and businesswoman, Melania, among others.

“I look forward to talking about our military and our veterans and what we need to do to make sure that we’re serving them so they can serve us,” Cotton said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Here are five fast facts to know about Cotton:


1. He Is the Youngest U.S. Senator

Tom Cotton, Senate

Tom Cotton waits to greet people entering a polling place on November 4, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Getty)

Cotton, a Republican, has been the junior senator from Arkansas since Jan 6, 2015. At 39, he is currently the youngest U.S. Senator.

In August 2013, Cotton announced he would run for the United States Senate in a challenge against two-term Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. He won in an unopposed Republican primary and prevailed in the general election, obtaining 56 percent of the vote to Pryor’s 39 percent.

He currently serves on the Banking Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee. Cotton also serves as the chair of the Air Land Power Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee.

He represented Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District from 2013 to 2015.


2. He Served in the Army From 2004 to 2009

Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton participates in a conversation about American foreign strategy and statesmanship at the Hudson Institute March 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Cotton completed combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He served with the 101st Airborne and a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours he served as a platoon leader with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, the unit responsible for military honors funerals.

Cotton was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Ranger Tab for his service, according to his website.


3. He Is a 6th Generation Arkansan

Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor

Tom Cotton greets members of his family during an election night gathering on November 4, 2014 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Cotton defeated two-term incumbent democrat U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor. (Getty)

He is a sixth generation Arkansan who was born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County.

He graduated from Dardanelle High School before going to Harvard and Harvard Law School.

After his active duty service, Cotton worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He then returned to the agricultural management of his family ranch.

Cotton married attorney Anna Peckham in 2014. Their first child, a boy, was born on April 27, 2015.


4. Cotton Has Said the Justice System Was ‘Rigged’ in Clinton’s Favor

Cotton slammed democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server.

“Donald Trump may occasionally say things that are controversial or even objectionable to some, but those are words,” he said on CBS This Morning. “These are actions from Hillary Clinton.”

Following the FBI recommendation that no charges should be brought against the former secretary of state, Cotton said that the justice system was “rigged” in Clinton’s favor:

We even know that she took her unsecured personal email devices to the territories of hostile powers. To give you a sense of just how amazing that is, I as mere junior senator never take any of my personal devices to any country — not even to Canada, much less to adversarial countries. Hillary Clinton’s judgment to be the commander-in-chief in my opinion is now disqualified.


5. He Has a Net Worth Between $115,000 & $300,000

Tom Cotton, Anna Cotton

Tom Cotton is ceremonially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber with Cotton’s wife Anna Cotton at the U.S. Capitol January 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Cotton has a net worth between $115,000 and $300,000, with a midpoint of about $207,000, according to a Bloomberg article published in 2015. His disclosure report was just three pages long and shows his main financial asset is $100,000 to $250,000 in a checking account, according to the report.

He makes $174,000 per year in Congress.

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