Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln has announced the selection of Julie Anna Potts to serve as chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Lincoln is chairman of the committee.

Potts, an Alabama native, most recently served as general counsel for the American Farm Bureau Federation. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and George Washington University Law School.

“Julie Anna’s experience with the American Farm Bureau Federation and her service to American agriculture will be a great asset to the Senate Agriculture Committee,” Lincoln said. “I am proud to welcome her to the committee and look forward to working closely with her on issues important to Arkansas and our nation’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.”

Prior to her service at the American Farm Bureau Federation, Potts was an attorney with Mayer Brown LLP and a law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“It is an honor to be able to serve the Senate Agriculture Committee. I am looking forward to joining the committee and continuing my work on issues critical to agriculture and rural America,” Potts said.