Governor Hutchinson released the following statement: "John Paul Hammerschmidt was an Arkansas icon, a political giant and a personal mentor and friend. As the lone Republican member of Arkansas' congressional delegation for many of his 13 terms in office, Congressman Hammerschmidt balanced his strong conservative convictions with a remarkable ability to reach across party lines and find common ground to get things done. He was respected by all and beloved by many. Arkansas misses him greatly."
Hammerschmidt's memorial service will be held in Harrison.
The proclamation can be viewed at: http://governor.arkansas.gov/proclamations