Sen. Tom Cotton

Senator from Arkansas, Republican

Cotton, a Republican, is the junior senator from Arkansas and has served 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

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Cotton.

Sponsorship 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)

Committee Membership

Tom Cotton sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cotton was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cotton sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (22%) Animals (17%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Social Welfare (9%) Taxation (9%) Health (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cotton’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
Yea H.R. 4681 (113th): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
Dec 10, 2014. Passed 325/100.
No H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 3, 2014. Passed 378/46.
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Yea S. 1603 (113th): Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act
Sep 16, 2014. Passed 359/64.
Yea H.R. 3393 (113th): Student and Family Tax Simplification Act
Jul 24, 2014. Passed 227/187.
Nay H.R. 2642 (113th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Jan 29, 2014. Passed 251/166.
No H.R. 1947 (113th): Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
Jun 20, 2013. Failed 195/234.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Apr 2017, Cotton missed 14 of 616 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is worse than the median of 1.3% 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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