Sen. Tom Cotton

Senator from Arkansas, Republican

Cotton, a Republican, has been the junior senator from Arkansas since Jan 6, 2015 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Arkansas's 4th congressional district (2013-2014).



Our unique analysis of the bills Cotton has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Cotton is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Cotton for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Tom Cotton sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cotton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) International Affairs (20%) Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Taxation (13%) Environmental Protection (13%) Water Resources Development (13%)

Recent Bills

Some of Cotton’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 2015 to Sep 2016, Cotton missed 7 of 490 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 1 explanation for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: