Senator Cotton Visits Arkansas Tech

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton visited the Arkansas Tech University campus in Russellville on Monday, June 29.

The Yell County native and junior senator from Arkansas met with Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robin E. Bowen and members of the Arkansas Tech executive committee. He also took a tour of campus.

“I wanted to come out and visit a place that’s played a big role in my life,” said Cotton. “I used to come here and play in the Christmas basketball tournament when I was a Dardanelle Sand Lizard. Over the last 15 years, Arkansas Tech has had incredible growth. It’s been a great driver of economic opportunity in Russellville and the broader river valley. I wanted to talk to Dr. Bowen and some of the other leaders here about the source of that growth.”

Cotton, 38, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a U.S. Army veteran. He served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cotton was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and the U.S. Senate in 2014.

“As I and so many other senators from states like Arkansas look at higher education, and really education as a whole, we see that a one-size policy from Washington does not really fit all,” said Cotton. “In our rural state, we have unique needs. Even within our state, a university like Arkansas Tech serves a particular need and educates students for particular kinds of work. A school like the University of Arkansas at Monticello, for instance, is going to have a much larger forestry program because of the nature of their local economy. We need to give our schools the kind of flexibility they need to teach the kinds of students they are going to get for their local communities and their local economies.”

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