Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
46, Arkansas, R
A decorated Army Veteran and former member of The Harvard Crimson editorial board who often dissented from its liberal majority. Tom lived up to his ‘China hawk’ label in 2021 as one of the most outspoken critics of the Chinese Communist Party’s government.
After finishing his undergraduate, having written his thesis on The Federalist Papers, Tom went to law school and became a clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice. However, after 9/11, Tom left law to serve in Afghanistan and Iraq, receiving the Bronze Star. Tom then worked as a consultant before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and ultimately won his seat in the Senate in 2014 at age 37.
40, Texas — 5, R