Nominate a hero in your life for the America250 Awards, presented in partnership with the NFL.

Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. His committees include the Banking Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee.

Senator Cotton grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County, Arkansas. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard University, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, he left the law because of the September 11th attacks and served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.

He served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Senator Cotton served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Between the Army and the Senate, Senator Cotton worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the House of Representatives.

He and his wife Anna have two sons: Gabriel and Daniel.