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Congressman Hammerschmidt



Third District, Arkansas
January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1993





Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt represented the Third District of Arkansas in the U. S. House of Representatives in the 90th through 102nd Congress, having been elected to 13 terms, serving 26 years during the administrations of six presidents.

      By profession a lumberman, timberman, builder, and building supplies businessman for twenty years before seeking public office, he is a native of Harrison, where he and his wife Virginia continue to reside. Since retiring from Congress, he has continued Arkansas civic involvements as a private citizen, chairing the Northwest Arkansas Council (headquartered in Fayetteville) and the March of Dimes Arkansas Citizen of the Year Dinner.

      He serves on the Board of Directors of Southwestern Energy Company, Dillard's Department Stores, and First Federal Bank of Arkansas, as well as on the Board of Trustees of the University of the Ozarks, and a Trustee of Arkansas State University. He served on the Washington (D. C.) Metropolitan Airports Authority Board of Review for seven years and is now a board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

      During his 26 Years in Congress, John Paul Hammerschmidt became known for his attention to individual constituent service and communication; his high voting and attendance record at Congressional sessions during the business week plus routine working weekends in Arkansas; and his legislative expertise in highway, airway, and waterway infrastructure and veterans matters. Arkansas highways, airports, water supply and distribution systems, and veterans hospitals - and their users - will continue to benefit from his diligent stewardship long into the future.  He was a ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee 1975-86; ranking member of Public Works (T & I) Committee 1986-93.

      In 1989, the Arkansas General Assembly designated the upgraded Arkansas portion of U. S. 71 as "John Paul Hammerschmidt Highway." In 1990, JPH was named Arkansas Citizen of the Year, plus inducted to the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame. In 1993, he was named to the Arkansas River Historical Society Hall of Fame. Third District facilities which carry his name include John Paul Hammerschmidt Lake at Fort Smith, the JPH Federal Building in Fayetteville, JPH Plaza and the John Paul Hammerschmidt Business and Conference Center on campus of North Arkansas College in Harrison, an access road to Carter Field near Rogers, and an industrial park at Diamond City.

      Congressman Hammerschmidt is the author and initiating sponsor of the Public Law preserving the Buffalo River as a free- flowing stream, adding it to the National Park System in 1972.

      A combat pilot in World War II, Congressman Hammerschmidt flew 217 missions with the Third Combat Cargo Group over "the Hump" in the China-Burma-India theatre. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying cross with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, three Battle Stars, the China War Memorial Medal (by the Republic of China). and the Meritorious Service Award. He retired from the Air Force reserve as a major. He has been awarded the highest honors by eight national veterans service organizations.

      Congressman Hammerschmidt is an ordained elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church and a Grand Cross 33rd degree Mason.

Official Resume

P.O. Box 999
Harrison, Arkansas 72602
815 West Rogers
Res. 870-741-3333

POLITICAL HISTORY
Active in Republican Party since 1946


COUNTY
Boone County (Arkansas) GOP Chairman; 2 years
Boone County (Arkansas) GOP State Committeeman; 14 years


STATE
Member of Republican Party of Arkansas Executive Committee   1962- 1992
Treasurer, Arkansas Republican State Central Committee   1962 -1964
Chairman, Arkansas Republican State Central Committee   1964- 1966

Attended GOP Presidential Nominating Convention as Assistant to State Chairman, 1960
Delegate to GOP Presidential Nominating Conventions:
      1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992


NATIONAL
National GOP Committeeman from Arkansas; 1976-80

George Bush for President, Arkansas Chairman;   delegate selection caucuses 1980
Arkansas Chairman, Reagan/Bush 1980 & 1984
George Bush for President, Arkansas Chairman;   primary 1988 & 1992
Arkansas Chairman, Bush/Quayle 1988 & 1992
Honorary Arkansas Chairman, Dole/Kemp 1996


ELECTED PUBLIC SERVICE
Representative to Congress, Third District, Arkansas
January 3, 1967 through January 3, 1993
(92nd Congress through 102nd Congress)

Congressional Record

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Republican, of Harrison, AR; born in Harrison, May 4, 1922; lumberman; completed secondary school at Harrison; attended The Citadel, Oklahoma A. & M. College, and the University of Arkansas; entered Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as a pilot with 3rd Combat Cargo Group in China-Burma-India theater; awarded Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, three Battle Stars, the China War Memorial Medal by the government of the Republic of China, Meritorious Service Medal; former president and chairman of the board, Hammerschmidt Lumber Company; board of directors, First Federal Savings and Loan; past president of Arkansas Lumber Dealers Association; past president, Southwestern (now Mid-America) Lumbermen’s Association, Kansas City, MO; board of directors, National Lumber and Building Material Dealers; member, First Presbyterian Church, ordained to the board of elders and board so deacons; past president, Harrison Rotary Club; former chairman, City Planning Commission; past president, Boone County Industrial Development Corporation; Harrison City Council, 6 years; elected Harrison’s man of the Year 1965; member, Boone Masonic Blue Lodge No. 314; 33rd Degree Mason, Fort Smith Consistory; K.C.C.H.; Scimitar Shrine; B.P.O.E.; American Legion, Americanism Award; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Congressional Award; Silver Helmet Award, AMVETS; Life Service to Veterans Award, Paralyzed Veterans of America; active in Republican party since 1949; State committeeman from Boone County, 14 years; State treasurer and member of Republican National Finance Committee; delegate to Republican presidential nominating conventions, 1964, 1976, 1980, 1984, and 1988; State chairman, Arkansas Republican State Central Committee, 1964-66; elected Republican National Committeeman from Arkansas, 1976-80; married Virginia Sharp of Harrison; son: John Arthur; elected to 90th Congress November 8, 1966; reelected to each succeeding Congress; author of legislation founding the Buffalo National River as part of the national parks system; original sponsor of Congressional authorization for a national Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be located on public lands in Washington, DC; assigned to Veterans’ Affairs Committee, January 1967; ranking member, 1975-86 (94th-99th Congresses); assigned to Public Works and Transportation Committee, January 1967; ranking member 1987-90 (100th and 101st Congresses); Board of Review, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; assigned to Select Committee on Aging when formed in 1975; ranking member, Housing and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee 1975-present; selected as member of congressional delegation to November 1977 mid-East talks, attending the historic meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Begin and Egyptian President Sadat addressing the Israeli Knesset; minority leader of delegation appointed to survey the Vietnam refugee "boat people" situation in Southeast Asia, 1979; minority leader of first official U.S. delegation to enter Hanoi post-Vietnam war in 1984, also Cambodia, Laos, and Burma, about MIA’s, Amerasian children, and reeducation camps; U.S. Delegate to Inter-parliamentary Union 72d Conference in Geneva, Switzerland 1984, and 74th Conference in Ottawa, Canada 1985.

Office Listings

2110 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515-0403 225-4301
   Administrative Assistant.—Raymond T. Reid. FAX: 225-7492
   Executive Assistant.—Pamela Wehner.
   Legislative Director.—Randi Fredholm.
Federal Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (501) 442-5258
Federal Building, Harrison, AR 72601 (501) 741-6900
Downtown Post Office Building, P.O. Box 1624, Fort Smith, AR 72701 (501) 782-7787
   District Assistant.—Archie Lantz.

Counties: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Howard, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Pope, Searcy, Sebastian, Sevier, Scott, and Washington (20 counties). Population (1980), 572,937.

ZIP Codes: 65609 (part), 65655 (part), 71823, 71831 (part), 71832-33,71841-42, 71846, 71851, 71852 (part), 71859 (part), 71923 (part), 71932, 71934-35, 71937, 71943 (part), 71944-46,71953,71957,71960-61, 71965-66, 71696-70, 71971 (part), 71972-73, 72603 (part), 72110 (part), 72519 (part), 72531 (part),72537, 72538 (part), 72544, 72601-02 (part), 72648, 72650 (part), 72651, 72653, 72655-57, 72658 (part), 72659-62, 72666, 72660.

The John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series

Funded by gifts to the North Arkansas College Foundation, the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series sponsors national experts to speak about topics of interest to the people of northern Arkansas.  The late Ross Pendergraft announced the lecture series September 11, 1997 during dedication ceremonies featuring President George Bush for the John Paul Hammerschmidt Business and Conference Center at North Arkansas College.

Along with major gifts from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and Jackson T. Stephens, local supporters have provided other donations to help endow the lecture series.  Gifts in support of the JPH Lecture Series may be made to the North Arkansas College Foundation, 1515 Pioneer Drive, Harrison, AR 72601.

 
 The late Ross Pendergraft is shown with former President George Bush during the Sept. 11, 1997 dedication of the John Paul Hammerschmidt Business and Conference Center at North Arkansas College.  At the dedication ceremony Mr. Pendergraft announced a gift of $100,000 to the North Arkansas College Foundation to establish the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series.

It is my pleasure today to announce a gift of $100,000 from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to the North Arkansas College Foundation.  The purpose of this contribution is to launch an endowment fund to establish the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series at North Arkansas College.
    As many of you know, one of John Paul's goals after leaving public office has been to establish such a series of lectures featuring nationally known experts here at this college, in his home town, in this beautiful new building that bears his name.
    These lectures, held each year, will be of benefit to the students of this college and to businessmen and businesswomen and other residents of this area.
I'm most pleased that the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is able to make the first gift for the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series and I hope that others--John Paul's friends, area employers, and friends of this college--will also contribute.
    This is a great day for John Paul, Ginny, and John Arthur--and for North Arkansas College.   I'm very pleased to be a part of this celebration of John Paul's 26 years of public service.

   

    Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt represented the Third District of Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives for 13 terms during the administrations of six presidents.  By profession a lumberman, builder, and building supplies businessman for 20 years before seeking public office, he is a native of Harrison, where he continues to reside.

    Since retiring from Congress, he has continued to be involved in many civic activities as a private citizen, chairing the Northwest Arkansas Council, the March of Dimes Arkansas Citizen of the Year Dinner, and the Governor’s Citizens Council on Highways and Transportation.  He serves as chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party and also chairs the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Congressional Medal of Honor Commission, and is a member of the boards of three Arkansas-based corporations: First Federal Bank, Dillard’s Incorporated, and Southwestern Energy.  Currently serving as Chairman of the Board of First Federal Bank, he also was a member of the board of American Freightways until that company’s recent merger with FedEx.

 During his years in Congress, John Paul Hammerschmidt became well known for his attention to individual constituent service and communication; his high voting and attendance records at Congressional sessions during the business week, plus routine working weekends in Arkansas; and his legislative expertise in highway, airway, and water infrastructure and veterans’ matters.  Arkansas highways, airports, water supply and distribution systems, and veteran’s hospitals—and their users—will continue to benefit from his diligent stewardship long into the future.  Among his many accomplishments in public office, Congressman Hammerschmidt was the author and initiating sponsor of the Public Law preserving the Buffalo River as a free-flowing stream, adding it to the National Park System in 1972.

    A combat pilot in World War II, Hammerschmidt flew 217 missions with the Third Combat Cargo Group over ‘The Hump’ in the China-Burma-India theatre.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, three Battle Stars, the China War Memorial Medal (by the Republic of China), and the Meritorious Service Award.  He retired from the Air Force reserve as a major.  He has been awarded highest honors by eight national veterans’ service organizations.

    Congressman Hammerschmidt has an office at Northark, and many of his photographs, awards, and other memorabilia are on display in the building that bears his name.