THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT AS MEMBER OF THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTHORITY
The President today announced his intent to nominate former Representative John Paul Hammerschmidt to serve as a Member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Representative Hammerschmidt, of Harrison, Arkansas, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1993, where he was a member of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee. As a member of the Transportation Committee, Representative Hammerschmidt was active on initiatives including both surface transportation and aviation. For several years, he was the ranking minority member of the Transportation Committee's subcommittee on Aviation and was instrumental in crafting the legislation that transferred the authority of National and Dulles Airports to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Representative Hammerschmidt later served on the Board of Review that oversaw operations at both airports. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Southwestern Energy Company, Dillard's Department Stores, and the First Federal Bank of Arkansas, as well as on the Board of Trustees of the University of the Ozarks at Clarksville and the Board of Advisors for Winrock International.
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an interstate compact commission constituted solely to operate and improve both Washington National and Dulles Airports, the primary airports serving the Metropolitan Washington area. The Airports Authority is authorized to acquire, maintain, improve, operate, protect, and promote the airports for public purposes.