Former Congressman Hammerschmidt Staying Busy in Retirement

AUGUST 15, 2005 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CDT

HARRISON, AR - Former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt has been out of Washington for more than a decade.  But he has sustained a pace that makes him feel like he never left.

Now age 83, Hammerschmidt says he wants to let go of some of his reponsibilities, such as serving on corporate boards.  He said he had learned something new at his age, how to turn down requests for his time.

Hammerschmidt, a Republican, was in the minority party in Congress from the time he arrived in 1967 until his departure in 1993.

Hammerschmidt has an office at North Arkansas College in Harrison, where plenty of photos from his time in Congress hang.  He still gets calls for constituent help.

Hammerschmidt says he is now able to spend more time with his wife.  But he has no plans to play golf, travel or spend time on his boats.  He says he never used the boats, anyway.

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