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Jack Kemp

Born: 1935-07-13 - Died: 2009-05-02
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Death Summary: Jack Kemp was diagnosed with Cancer in January of 2009, and finally succombed to his illness on May 2, 2009 at his home in Bethesda, Maryland.

Who was Jack Kemp : Kemp was a former professional football player turned politician who was the Vice President nominee, in 1996, alongside Bob Dole.

As a U.S. Congressman he was the primary driver of President Ronald Reagan's supply-side economics agenda which led to large tax cuts. These cuts are largely credited with bringing on one of the most successful periods of economic prosperity in the history of the United States.

Before Kemp got started in politics, he was a quarterback for 13 years in the NFL, CFL and AFL. During his playing days he was the captain for both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. In 1965 he was awarded the MVP award, after leading the Bills to a second consecutive championship. Kemp also founded the AFL Players Association, which might have led to his future career in politics.

Kemp began his political career as a nine term Congressman for Western New York from 1971 - 1989. In 1989 he was a contender for the Republican Party's nomination in 1988, but it didn't come to fruition. He also served as Housing Secretary for the George H. W. Bush administration.

After his political office days were over, Kemp still remained active as a political advocate and commentator, author/editor, served on organization boards and advocated for retired professional football players.


Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich released the following statement upon hearing of the death of former Congressman Jack Kemp:

Jack Kemp was a remarkable American, a football player, student of history and economics, public citizen, strong family man, and national leader.

I first worked with Jack in 1976. His courageous and disciplined commitment to lowering taxes and increasing economic growth and opportunity for all Americans was a key factor in the Reagan revolution.

In 1980, then Governor Reagan adopted Jack's ideas and history was made.

In 1988 I was honored to be a Kemp for president supporter.

He was a larger-than-life, constantly energetic, permanently optimistic person.

He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
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  1. Rich Ord Says:

    Jack Kemp was a true patriot. He believed in America and worked hard in helping President Ronald Reagan lower taxes. These tax cuts were based on a simple principal that people spend their money more efficiently than government can spend it.

    Farewell Jack Kemp!

  2. Marc-Alan Barnette Says:

    Thank you Congressman Kemp. we will miss you.


  3. Theresa Lanni Says:

    Thank you Jack Kemp,you were a true American.

  4. George Knab Says:

    Thanks for the memories and great moments you ptovided while a Buffalo Bill

  5. leonel pastora Says:

    he will be remembered as a great warrior.

  6. Peter Fragola Says:

    Sorry to lose a courageous man like Jack Kemp He was a leader and a great politician may he rest in peace

  7. Charles R. Kemp Says:

    Jack you will never be forgotton it is an honor to have the same last name as you,I am sure somewhere down the line we are family you were always part of ours rest in peace you were a great man and politician.

  8. Darryll Wilcox Says:

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  9. Darryll Wilcox Says:

    Admired your honesty and interest in doing good things for your country. Your kind of man I think is becoming rarer. You will be missed.

  10. leticia Says:

    you will be missed.

  11. Dale Morgan Says:

    I will never forget Jack Kemp’s optimism and fresh ideas that made me feel that America was a great place of promise. In a time when promises are bankrupting the country, its time to honor Mr. Kemp’s death by getting back to what made this country great. It’s the creativity and energy of the American individual, like Jack Kemp, that make this country have promise not just promises.

  12. Brent Lewis Offermann Says:

    Fond memories.

  13. Art Apperson Says:

    A true American and a patriot . You will be sorely missed by many . May God be with you .

  14. Vincent Woodward Says:

    To all the Kemp’s
    I was so honored to have known Jack and it was such a privilege to work for him at HUD.
    I will never forget all that I learned from him. He was a true public servant.
    I will miss him but the World will miss him more

  15. Jim King Says:

    Kemp who?

  16. Астафьев Says:

    Не так просто получить результат, надо еще что бы руки росли из нужного места…

  17. Joe Summerlin Says:

    Thank you Jack Kemp.You were a true patriot and loyal to the American people.You will be missed!

  18. Alvin Hogge Says:

    Jack Kemp was my hero every Sunday afternoon in the 60’s. Maybe someday he’ll throw me a pass. A Long one.

  19. Jonathan Hilton Says:

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    Thank you

  20. Joanna Cooper Says:

    His inner core of compassionate big R little d made him the man worth following and practicing the big tent theory and making it work leadership beyond compare on and off the field thank you sir

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