Senator Tom Cotton (AR) is currently serving his first term in Senate. He joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus during the 113th while in the House of Representatives. Proudly representing the Natural State, Senator Cotton appreciates the importance of conserving our country’s natural beauty. He is an avid supporter of Arkansan sportsmen and ensuring robust opportunities for outdoor recreation throughout the state. Hunting and angling are central to Arkansas’s identity. While back home in Arkansas, Senator Cotton enjoys duck and deer hunting each fall with friends and family.
During the 113th Congress, Sen. Cotton co-sponsored and helped to pass the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 3590). This bill excludes traditional ammunition and fishing tackle from the Toxic Substances Control Act, helps maintain shooting ranges, and allows firearms to be carried on water resources development project grounds, among other provisions. Senator Cotton has also co-sponsored the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage Opportunities Act, another a provision within the SHARE Act, which is intended to prevent arbitrary closures of public lands administered by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Sen. Cotton duck hunting in Arkansas in 2013
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