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Press Release: Sen. Tom Cotton to keynote annual SCGOP Silver Elephant Dinner

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton to keynote 49th Annual Silver Elephant Dinner; dinner to highlight Republican Party’s “Rising Stars”

Columbia, S.C. – SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore today announced that Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton will keynote the S.C. Republican Party’s 49th Annual Silver Elephant Dinner held on May 6, 2016. The Silver Elephant Dinner, first held in 1967, is consistently the largest and most prestigious Republican gathering in South Carolina. Previous keynote speakers include governors, senators, RNC chairmen, and Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

“Senator Cotton is a rising star in the Republican Party,” said Chairman Moore. “We are excited to hear Senator Cotton’s incredible story and how Republicans in the U.S. Senate will continue to lead on conservative issues in 2016 and beyond.”

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Recent Silver Elephant Dinner speakers include:

2015: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
2014: Gov. Bobby Jindal
2013: Sen. Ted Cruz
2012: Sen. Marco Rubio
2011: Sen. Rick Santorum
2010: Karl Rove
2009: Sen. Bob Corker
2008: Congressman Mike Pence
2007: Sean Hannity
2006: Gov. Haley Barbour
2005: Sen. John Thune

About Senator Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. Tom’s committees include the Banking Committee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee.

Tom grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Tom left the law because of the September 11th attacks. Tom served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer.

Tom served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, Tom served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Tom’s military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab.

Between the Army and the Senate, Tom worked for McKinsey & Co. and served one term in the House of Representatives.

Tom and his wife Anna have one son, Gabriel.