Tom Cotton is a sixth generation Arkansan who was born and raised on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. After attending Dardanelle high school Tom went on to graduate from Harvard and Harvard Law School.The tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 occurred during Tom’s final year of law school, and he began to reconsider his future plans. He ultimately left law after clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals and short time in a private law practice to join the United States Army.

Tom declined a commission as a JAG attorney and opted to serve as an Infantry Officer.After leaving active duty Tom worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. He represents Arkansas’s fourth district in the United States House of Representatives.

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