U.S. Senator John Boozman (R) announced Helen Walker Tolar, a 12-year veteran of Capitol Hill who currently serves as Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will join his office as his new Chief of Staff at the end of the month.

Current Chief of Staff Matt Sagely left his post to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

Tolar, a native of Pensacola, FL, earned a B.A. from Converse College and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar.

“I am excited to welcome Helen to our team. I have known Helen for years, having worked together on veterans’ legislation, and I can say with confidence that she has one of the sharpest minds on Capitol Hill,” Boozman said. “Helen’s unique understanding of the legislative process and policy, her commitment to public service, and her dedication to our nation’s veterans make her the ideal person to be my top aide.”

Prior to taking the top post at the House Committee on Veterans Affairs nearly three years ago, Tolar worked in the personal office of U.S. Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) and as a professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs where she implemented the Chairman’s veteran health care policy agenda.

“I am honored by the call to join Team Boozman. I have enjoyed my many opportunities to work with the Senator and his first-rate staff on issues important to Arkansans and I look forward to joining the daily effort on behalf of everyone from the Natural State,” said Tolar.

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