At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas will be one of the keynote speakers. The 39-year-old grew up on his family farm in Dardanelle, Arkansas. After graduating from Harvard (after three years) he enrolled in Harvard Law School and graduated in 2002. He clerked for a judge at the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then worked at a two private law firms before joining the US Army in 2005.
In 2006, Cotton was deployed to Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a platoon leader with the 101st Airborne Division. In 2008 he was deployed to eastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom IX. In 2009, Cotton was discharged from the Army. After his active duty service, he returned to his family ranch. In 2011, Cotton ran for Congress. In March 2015, Sen. Cotton wrote and sent a letter (signed by dozens of Republican Congressmen) to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran “to cast doubt on the Obama administration’s authority to engage in nuclear-proliferation negotiations.” Iran's Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif responded to the letter: "[the Senators'] letter in fact undermines the credibility of thousands of such mere executive agreements that have been or will be entered into by the US with various other governments." The nuclear deal is not supposed to be an Iran–US deal, but an international one. One year later, Cotton has coined the term Iranniversary.
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— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) July 14, 2016