Senator Tom Cotton has gone down in history in our time as the youngest incumbent senator in the United States of America. He has been in the Senate as a junior United States Senator from Arkansas since 2015 and has made far-reaching contributions when it comes to topical issues like immigration, gun laws, and the Iran sanctions to mention just a few.
His goood line of work has sparked interest in many who want to know more about who he is, his stance on gay rights issues and whether or not he is gay as well as some facts about the Cotton’s family.
Who is Senator Tom Cotton?
The Senator was born and named Thomas Bryant Cotton on May 13, 1977, in Dardanelle, Arkansas to Thomas Leonard “Len” Cotton and Avis (née Bryant) Cotton who raised him up in their family’s cattle farm in Yell County, Arkansas.
As Tom Cotton came of high school age, he was enrolled at Dardanelle High School, where with his towering height, he actively played basketball as a center and proved himself valuable to his school Sand Lizards team. After high school in 1995, Harvard University was his next port of call where he soon graduated from in 1998 as he bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree with a thesis on The Federalist Papers. In 1999, Senator Cotton enrolled for a master’s degree program in Claremont Graduate University but would abandon it for Havard Law School where he graduated from in the year 2002 with a Juris Doctor degree.
He then began working as a clerk for a judge at the time before he started practicing law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and later Charles J. Cooper & Kirk from 2002 through 2004.
Like most patriotic Americans, Senator Tom Cotton enlisted to serve in the United States Army in January 2005 as an Army infantryman and by June of the same year, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Lt. Tom got deployed in Baghdad for Operation Iraqi Freedom as a platoon leader; following his exemplary qualities and the success of the mission, he got promoted to First Lieutenant in December 2006. He served in another successful foreign mission in Afghanistan in 2008 before he returned home to the U.S. Army Reserve where he stayed till he got discharged in May 2013 with a Bronze Medal and several badges of honor.
While he was in the military; stationed in Iraq, Tom Cotton gained nationwide publicity following a letter he sent to The New York Times and copied Power Line (which later published it). The letter contained his request for two journalists of the former media house to be prosecuted after they spied on the U.S military and published an article detailing then President George Bush’s secrete program that monitors terrorist finances.
By the time he left the military, Tom was already a household name back home in the sphere of things pertaining to the U.S military and had an innate desire to shape things right in America. This probably informed his decision to test the political waters of becoming a United States Congressman.
With the support of Club for Growth, the Tea Party Movement, the blessings of now late John MaCain, the Republican establishment and overwhelming trust from the people of Arkansas, Tom defeated State Senator Gene Jeffress with 59.5% to 36.7% votes on November 6, 2012, to become the Republican representative of the 4th district. In his first tenure in office, Senator Tom Cotton served in the United States House Committee on Financial Services, United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs and equally stood out as a young and vocal House of Rep member who has the interest of his people at heart.
From the House of Reps, Senator Cotton set course for the United States Senate seat to represent Arkansas. He contended against incumbent Mark Pryor who he defeated in the general elections with 56.5% to 39.5% votes having Senator Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Club for Growth PAC and a majority of the electorates on his side. The Senator was sworn in on January 6, 2015, and has since then put in a firm stand on many domestic and foreign policy issues like health care, minimum wage, student loans, Iran sanctions, and many others. He is also a strong supporter of President Donald Trump who he agrees with on many of his administration’s policies.
The Dardanelle, Arkansas born Senator has a net worth which has been reported to be between $115,000 and $300,000 with a midpoint of $207,000 according to an article published by Bloomberg in 2015. Senator Tom Cotton earns about $174,000 annually as a congressman.
Who is His Wife or is He Gay?
Being that he is married to a woman, Senator Tom is certainly not gay. However, his name began making the rounds with the gay world after he gave a far-reaching response on CNN to questions by Wolf Blitzer about the law passed in his home state which seemed to permit people and businesses to discriminate against those of the rainbow community. In his response, Senator Tom Cotton opined that the treatment of gay people in Indiana was favorable compared to what is obtained in other countries. It still stands that the Senator is not gay.
- His father Thomas Leonard “Len” Cotton worked as a district supervisor in the Arkansas Health Department, while his mother was a schoolteacher and later principal of the middle school in their district.
- Thomas Leonard volunteered to serve in the Vietnam war in his heydays.
- Senator Tom Cotton’s family have lived in rural Arkansas for 7 generations.