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).

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Analysis

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:

Armed Forces and National Security (18%) Crime and Law Enforcement (18%) International Affairs (18%) Water Resources Development (12%) Taxation (12%) Health (12%) Environmental Protection (12%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cotton’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Nay S. 2012: Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015
Apr 20, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Dec 9, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Nay H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015
Jul 16, 2015. Bill Passed.
Nay On the Nomination PN31: Sally Quillian Yates, of Georgia, to be Deputy Attorney General
May 13, 2015. Nomination Confirmed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Dec 2016, Cotton missed 7 of 495 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

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