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  • Honoring Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt

    by Representative Bruce Westerman

    Posted on 2015-04-28

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    WESTERMAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. WESTERMAN. Madam Speaker, Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt began his service as a Member of this body from my home State of Arkansas in 1967, the year that I was born. He did so for 12 terms, long enough for me to grow up, graduate from college, get a job, and get married.

    His love for Arkansas and America was evident in his service. He was a champion for his district and our State. He was a tireless advocate for all his constituents on both sides of the aisle and worked hardest to do what was right for the citizens of Arkansas.

    He served his country and fellow man with honor, both in the military and in Congress, leaving a lasting legacy and setting the bar high for those of us who follow him in service.

    Congressman Hammerschmidt was from the beautiful Ozark hills, and many times, the people of Arkansas and America were blessed by the leadership of a gentleman from the hills who served his Creator by serving others.

    As we remember his service, may we all continue to look to the hills and be comforted by the words of the psalmist who wrote: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

    My help cometh from the Lord, which made Heaven and Earth.

    He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

    Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

    The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    The Sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the Moon by night.

    The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

    The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


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