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Tom Cotton / U.S. District 4 / Republican

Tom Cotton is the Republican nominee for Congress from Arkansas’s Fourth District. A sixth-­generation Arkansan, Tom was born and raised in Dardanelle on his family’s cattle farm. Tom graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. Yet ever since the September 11 attacks, Tom had felt called to serve his country in uniform, and he ultimately left his law practice to join the Army. Tom declined a direct commission as an Army JAG attorney, volunteering instead to serve as an infantryman. Tom spent five years on active duty as an infantry officer and Army Ranger. He deployed to Baghdad with the 101st Airborne, where he led an infantry platoon in daily combat patrols. Tom also deployed to Afghanistan as the operations officer for a provincial reconstruction team. Between those combat tours, Tom served as a platoon leader with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal. After leaving the Army, Tom worked in the private sector as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co.


Rick Crawford / U.S. District 1 / Republican

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Joshua Drake / U.S. District 4 / Green

Spouse: Cheryl Number of Children: 1 son. 2 daughters. Education/Schools Attended: Rhodes College, B.A., International Relations/Political Science 1991 University of Georgia, School of Law, JD. 1994 Occupation: Attorney Organizational Memberships: Garland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Board Member Spa Pacers Running Club, Board Member Community Pocket Theatre, Board Member Organizational Memberships: Garland County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Board Member Spa Pacers Running Club, Board Member Community Pocket Theatre, Board Member Volunteer Services: Baseball coach, Hot Springs Boys and Girls Club


Scott Ellington / U.S. District 1 / Democrat

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Tim Griffin / U.S. District 2 / Republican

Tim Griffin was elected the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 2, 2010. The youngest son of a minister and teacher, Tim is a fifth generation Arkansan, veteran, attorney and former small business owner who lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children. For the 112th Congress, he is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on the Judiciary, and is an Assistant Whip for the majority. As part of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Tim serves as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia. Tim grew up in Magnolia where he attended public school before attending Hendrix College in Conway. He is a cum laude graduate of both Hendrix College, where he received his B.A., and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, where he received his J.D. He also attended graduate school at Pembroke College, Oxford University, in England. Tim is currently serving in his 17th year as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, holds the rank of major, and is assigned to the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group as the Command Judge Advocate. In September 2005, Tim was mobilized to active duty to serve as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). One of his cases, U.S. v. Mikel, drew national interest after Private Nicholas Mikel attempted to murder his platoon sergeant and fired upon his unit’s early morning formation. Mikel pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In May 2006, Tim was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and sent to serve in Iraq. From May through August 2006, he served as an Army JAG in Mosul alongside the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge. He founded the Griffin Law Firm, PLLC, a Little Rock law firm and Griffin Public Affairs, LLC. He is licensed to practice in both Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive) and is a fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. From 2006-2007, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. During his tenure, in addition to federal criminal prosecutions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office provided outreach and training in rural counties and provided federal civil rights law training to law enforcement and community leaders. In 2005, Tim served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, Office of Political Affairs, where his duties included organizing and coordinating support for the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as Research Director and Deputy Communications Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2004 presidential campaign and Deputy Research Director for the RNC during the 2000 presidential campaign. From 2001-2002, he served as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Michael Chertoff and was detailed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock where he prosecuted gun and drug cases. From 1997-1999, he served as Senior Investigative Counsel for the Government Reform Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, and from 1995-1997, as Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett. Tim served on the board of the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. He and Elizabeth are members of Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock.


Chris Hayes / U.S. District 2 / Libertarian

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Jacob Holloway / U.S. District 1 / Green

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Gene Jeffress / U.S. District 4 / Democrat

Did not respond.


Rebekah Kennedy / U.S. District 3 / Green


David Pangrac / U.S. District 3 / Libertarian

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Jessica Paxton / U.S. District 1 / Libertarian

Jessica grew up in a one red light town in rural Tennessee. The daughter of a public school teacher and an oil field worker, Jessica has lived the average American life since birth -no silver spoons, no trust fund and no politically powerful family ties. Just like you. She is an average Arkansan – a wife, a mother and a small business owner. She is an average Arkansan who wants to represent and protect average citizens from our corrupt, dominant and inefficient government. After studying Public Relations at the University of Memphis, Jessica moved to Marion and married Rodger Paxton, a Network Administrator, who was born and raised in West Memphis. In Marion they are homeschooling two beautiful little boys. In 2009, Jessica was appointed Communications Director and Convention Coordinator for the Libertarian Party of Arkansas. In 2010 the Executive Committee honored her as “Libertarian of the Year” at the LPAR’s yearly convention. Jessica then served as interim First District Representative before returning to her role as Media Director. In 2011 she assisted with the LPAR’s ballot access efforts, which led to a successful petition drive and the historic accomplishment of establishing a new political party in Arkansas.


Herb Rule / U.S. District 2 / Democrat


Bobby Tullis / U.S. District 4 / Libertarian


Barbara Ward / U.S. District 2 / Green


Steve Womack / U.S. District 3 / Republican

Did not respond.