Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss has named Martha Scott Poindexter as staff director for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Poindexter, a native of Morgan City, Miss., formerly served as legislative director for Chambliss, a Georgia Republican. Chambliss was elected chairman of the Agriculture Committee on Jan. 3, replacing Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., who became chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

She first joined Chambliss during his first term as a member of the House of Representatives serving as the senior legislative assistant for agriculture and natural resources.

Poindexter will be responsible for all aspects of the Committee's legislative and administrative activities and functions while reporting directly to the chairman.