WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, announced two staff additions on the Republican side of the committee.
Jackie Barber joins the committee as chief counsel. Barber has extensive committee experience in both chambers, having served as chief counsel and deputy staff director for the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration and chief counsel for the House Committee on Agriculture, where she worked on the 2018 farm bill. She also served as counsel to the chairman on the House Committee on Ethics, and as the deputy general counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee prior to taking on her Congressional roles. Barber earned her juris doctor at the University of South Dakota School of Law.
“Jackie has a wealth of experience in writing legislation, in both the House and the Senate, as well as a strong background in agriculture policy that includes playing a key role in drafting our current farm bill. Her talents will be invaluable as we move forward with drafting a new farm bill. We’re excited to bring her onboard,” Boozman said.
Bryce McWilliams has been named staff assistant, moving over from Boozman’s Senate office staff to the committee staff. McWilliams grew up in Greenbrier, Arkansas and joined Boozman’s office last year as a staff assistant after earning his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology, and Poultry Science from the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining Boozman’s staff, McWilliams served as an intern in the Governor of Arkansas’s office, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and Simmons Foods.
“Bryce joined my team last year and quickly proved to be a great addition. He is enthusiastic about helping his fellow Arkansans and the men and women who grow the food, fiber and fuel we all depend upon. Bryce’s work ethic, academic background and commitment to serve will be an asset to the committee as we work to pass legislation that enhances the lives of our family farmers and ranchers,” Boozman said.