John Rhodes did not rest on his laurels after leaving Congress. He remained active in both national and local politics; was a regular contributor of opinion pieces to local newspapers; was involved in his church community; supported numerous charitable organizations; served on the boards of the Taft Institute and the Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace; was co-chairman of the Committee for a Responsible Budget (CFRB), which attempted to create a system under which the Congress would examine the country’s budget as a whole, rather than piecemeal, which would prevent “pork” and the resulting budget deficits; worked with Dr. Milton Eisenhower in an attempt to establish a six-year presidential term; ran, with much popular support, for Governor to replace recalled Governor Evan Mecham; and endowed the John J. Rhodes Chair in Public Policy at Arizona State University and the John J. Rhodes Rehabilitation Center in the Mesa Lutheran Hospital. In this section, you will find some of the essays and speeches that Rhodes wrote after leaving Congress, including pieces that he composed just weeks before his death. Among these are articles that dealt with issues he long championed: the development of alternative energy, the importance of a balanced budget to the nation’s health, and the protection of the environment, particularly that of the state he loved so well.
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