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Cotton Recognizes Arkansan of the Week: James Ross

December 1, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353 or Dylan Haney (501) 223-9081

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) this week recognized James Ross, of Cotter, Arkansas, as "Arkansan of the Week." You can find the full text of Senator Cotton's recognition on the Senate Floor below. A video of Senator Cotton's remarks can be viewed here.

Today, I would like to recognize James A. Ross, of Cotter, Arkansas as this week's "Arkansan of the Week," for exemplifying what it means to be a great Arkansan.

After serving in the United States Navy, Jim and his wife, Mary Lou, moved to Cotter in 1959 to raise their three boys because they saw Arkansas as a state that puts people first.

Jim worked as a carpenter and played a role in the construction of many buildings in Cotter, Mountain Home, and other areas in North Central Arkansas. He worked tirelessly until his retirement to ensure the success and stability of his family, his church, and his community.

Jim is a popular guy in Cotter and has always been an active member of the community. He served as the Cotter School Board secretary and worked to help build the current Cotter City Hall. Additionally, Jim has served as a Deacon for the First Baptist Church in Cotter for over forty years.

Jim and Mary Lou have been married for 64 years. Jim now spends time enjoying his three children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In fact, it was one of those grandkids, Cameron, who nominated him for Arkansan of the week.

In his nomination Cameron wrote that "Jim's faith drives his every move, and at 86-years-old, he still gives as much back to the community as he possibly can. On any given day you can find him driving around town waving at passersby, or working in his garden in front of his green and brown house with sunflowers painted on it."

Cameron went on to say that "Jim Ross is a great Arkansan, not because he has done one major thing, but because he has done countless little things to further his city, his state, and his nation." I couldn't agree more. Jim truly embodies what it means to be the Arkansan of the Week and we could all take a few lessons from him in terms of commitment to faith, family, and community.

Jim and Mary Lou might have first come to Arkansas because they saw it as a state that puts people first, and it's people like Jim that make that reputation a reality.


The "Arkansan of the Week" initiative is designed to honor Arkansans who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to their communities, and to the state.

Senator Cotton will honor each "Arkansan of the Week" with a speech on the Senate Floor.

If you know someone who has made an impact on their local community or Arkansas as a whole, Senator Cotton would like to recognize them! To nominate someone for "Arkansan of the Week," send an email to with the following:
• Name of Nominee
• Detailed description of why they should be recognized as "Arkansan of the Week"
• Contact Info
• Photos if Available