|Name||John Paul Hammerschmidt|
Harrison, Arkansas , United States
|| May 04, 1922
|Died||April 01, 2015
Apr 01, 2015 05:04pm
Caucasian - Air Force - Army - Presbyterian - Straight -
|Info||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.