Former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas) will join Alston & Bird, one of Washington, D.C.’s most prestigious law firms. Lincoln, who was defeated for re-election by Sen. John Boozman (R) in November 2010, will be a part of the firm’s legislative, government affairs and public policy group.

Lincoln’s former staff director of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Robert Holifield, will also join the firm.

Alston & Bird also employs former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Billy Tauzin.  Lincoln served on the powerful Senate Finance Committee and she chaired the Senate Agriculture committee during her final term as a U.S. Senator.

In January, Lincoln joined Entergy Corp.’s board of directors.

“We’re immensely pleased to have Senator Lincoln and Mr. Holifield join our outstanding team,” group leader Bob Jones said. “Both have excellent reputations inside and outside the Beltway. They are known for their ability to define and act on complex and challenging issues."

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