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Jack Kemp

FDD Chairman Emeritus

Biography:

Just after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Jack Kemp helped form a new non-partisan, non-profit policy institute, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to help free nations defend themselves from those sworn to their destruction.

A star athlete and outstanding political leader, Mr. Kemp represented his community in western New York in the House of Representatives for 18 years, seven of which he also served in the Republican leadership as Chairman of the House Republican Conference. He later served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush and was the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 1996.

As a member of Congress, Jack Kemp was the author of the Enterprise Zones legislation to encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in urban America. He remained an advocate for the expansion of home ownership among the poor through resident management and ownership of public and subsidized housing throughout his life.

Before his election to Congress in 1970, Mr. Kemp played 13 years as a professional football quarterback.  He was captain of the San Diego Chargers from 1960-1962.  He was also the captain of the Buffalo Bills, the team he quarterbacked to the American Football League Championship in 1964 and 1965, when he was named the league's Most Valuable Player. He co-founded the American Football League Players Association and was five times elected its president. In 2006 Mr. Kemp was named as one of the NCAA's "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes." He was also recognized by Sporting News as one of the Top 50 Quarterbacks of All Time in 2005.

Mr. Kemp was born and raised in Los Angeles and educated in the public school system.  He is survived by his wife, the former Joanne Main of Fillmore, California, four children and seventeen grandchildren. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

Just after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Jack Kemp helped form a new non-partisan, non-profit policy institute, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to help free nations defend themselves from those sworn to their destruction.

A star athlete and outstanding political leader, Mr. Kemp represented his community in western New York in the House of Representatives for 18 years, seven of which he also served in the Republican leadership as Chairman of the House Republican Conference. He later served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H.W. Bush and was the Republican vice-presidential nominee in 1996.

As a member of Congress, Jack Kemp was the author of the Enterprise Zones legislation to encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in urban America. He remained an advocate for the expansion of home ownership among the poor through resident management and ownership of public and subsidized housing throughout his life.

Before his election to Congress in 1970, Mr. Kemp played 13 years as a professional football quarterback.  He was captain of the San Diego Chargers from 1960-1962.  He was also the captain of the Buffalo Bills, the team he quarterbacked to the American Football League Championship in 1964 and 1965, when he was named the league's Most Valuable Player. He co-founded the American Football League Players Association and was five times elected its president. In 2006 Mr. Kemp was named as one of the NCAA's "100 Most Influential Student-Athletes." He was also recognized by Sporting News as one of the Top 50 Quarterbacks of All Time in 2005.

Mr. Kemp was born and raised in Los Angeles and educated in the public school system.  He is survived by his wife, the former Joanne Main of Fillmore, California, four children and seventeen grandchildren. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

29th August 2006 – Townhall

Helping to Return Joe Lieberman to the Senate

Jack Kemp

What a sad spectacle these last few days, as Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and John Kerry, D-Mass., and even former Vice President Al Gore have been falling all over themselves in condemning their old friend Joe Lieberman as he dares to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. more...

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29th August 2006 – Townhall

Helping to Return Joe Lieberman to the Senate

Jack Kemp

What a sad spectacle these last few days, as Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and John Kerry, D-Mass., and even former Vice President Al Gore have been falling all over themselves in condemning their old friend Joe Lieberman as he dares to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. more...

24th April 2006 – Townhall.com

Israel’s Fence, With all its Implications, is an Absolute Necessity

Jack Kemp


Having traveled to Israel recently and many times over the past 35 years or so, I take profound exception to the accusations leveled at Israel by my old friend and syndicated columnist Robert Novak, particularly his most recent column titled "Walled Off Christians." more...

28th June 2004 – Wall Street Journal

Jack Kemp Statement on Early Transfer of Power to Iraq

Jack Kemp

"The transfer of power in Iraq came only two days early but it was a brilliant tactical stroke by the Bush Administration that puts us two light years ahead of the insurgents in the race to consolidate democracy between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. more...

21st June 2004 – Copley News Service

Call in the Private Sector in Iraq

Jack Kemp

My friends tell me I sound like a broken record pleading for a 21st-century Marshall Plan for Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East and Central Asia. That's because I am passionate about doing everything we can to bring the Muslim nations of the regions into the 21st-century global economy. Not only does the health and welfare of the Muslim people depend on it, the security of the free world depends on it, as well. more...