84 House rookies will be sworn in Thursday and Cotton was one of two selected as "most likely to succeed." Here's the entry from Politico's website:
Thirty-five-year-old political newcomer Tom Cotton is already lauded as one of the GOP's fastest-rising stars. Cotton handily put the Arkansas district of retiring Democrat Rep. Mike Ross into Republican hands, has an impressive resume and a growing list of fans on the Hill. The 6-foot-5 Harvard Law graduate left a law practice in 2004 to enlist in the Army, served in Iraq and Afghanistan and won a Bronze Star. Between tours, he was part of the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. During his campaign, Cotton was cheered by everyone from Sen. John McCain to the fiscally conservative Club for Growth to Mike Huckabee. Cotton's widespread appeal across GOP circles already has many buzzing he'll quickly move up the ranks in the House. Recently, Cotton penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal from a "soldier's eye view" slamming the could-be nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, and he's been one of the loudest voices against the sequester -- a signal he's more than ready to be his party's voice on the Pentagon and defense spending.