The Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) meets Senator Thomas Cotton, discussing the situation in Afghanistan and security issues in AsiaThomas Schirrmacher visited Senator Thomas Cotton in his office together with Indonesian Muslim leader Yahya Cholil Staquf to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, where Cotton served with the U.S. Army, and other security matters in Asia.
Thomas Bryant Cotton (born 1977) is an American politician, attorney, and former military officer serving as the junior United States senator for Arkansas since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2015.
After graduating from Harvard College in 1998 and Harvard Law School in 2002, Cotton worked as a federal clerk for a year and as an associate at two Washington, D.C., law firms before enlisting in the U.S. Army in January 2005. He was commissioned as an infantry officer in June and rose to the rank of captain before being honorably discharged in 2009. He served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Fort Myer (Arlington, Virginia), and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge.