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Womack Announces 2017 John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellow

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) today announced that Kayley Corley, a member of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UAFS) class of 2017, has been selected to serve as the 2017 John Paul Hammerschmidt (JPH) Fellow.

The JPH Fellowship was established in 2013 in conjunction with UAFS and is named for former Arkansas Representative John Paul Hammerschmidt (1966-1993), who passed away on April 1, 2015. It is geared towards highly-motivated college students with an interest in public service and will allow outstanding Third District students to experience the legislative process firsthand in Congressman Womack’s Washington, D.C. office.

After the announcement of Corley’s appointment, Congressman Womack and Dr. Beran, UAFS Chancellor, released the following statements:

“The JPH Fellowship is a small way to honor the life and legacy of a man that did so much for the Third District Arkansans, particularly our students,” said Womack. “I look forward to welcoming Kayley into our office this summer!”

“I have taught Kayley personally in my Chancellor’s Leadership class and have worked with her closely throughout her undergraduate career,” said Beran. “She is an exceptional, motivated student with a bright future ahead of her, and I am excited that she will have this opportunity to pursue her passion for politics in the nation’s capital. As always, we are very thankful for Congressman Womack affording such a valuable opportunity to our students through this fellowship.”

John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellows will earn college credit for completing a strict curriculum that emphasizes hands-on activities that highlight the inner workings of the U.S. House of Representatives, including conducting extensive legislative research, attending hearings, and monitoring activity on the House floor, as well as assisting with constituent communications and general office matters. Congressman Womack hopes to expand the fellowship to other Third District institutions in the future.

Congressman Steve Womack has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011 and serves on the House Appropriations Defense, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Labor-Health and Human Services subcommittees and the House Committee on the Budget.