Congressional freshman, Tom Cotton

Published 1:01 PM ET, Mon December 3, 2012
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U.S. Rep.-elect Tom Cotton of Arkansas studies a spreadsheet in a down moment during the office selection process. Dan Merica/ CNN
One would think Cotton had an aversion to elevators: He only takes the stairs, two steps at a time, forcing staffers to keep up. Dan Merica/ CNN
Cotton, an Army veteran, says his service could help build bipartisanship in the House. Courtest Tom Cotton for Congress
Cotton also served as a member of the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery -- the group of infantrymen that escorts caskets of fallen soldiers. Courtesy Tom Cotton for Congress
Cotton chats with Republican Rep. Erick Paulsen of Minnesota outside the Cannon House Office Building. Dan Merica/ CNN
Spare couches and chairs line the halls of the Cannon and Longworth office buildings. Cotton takes time to check out an office he likes. Dan Merica/ CNN