Jack Kemp is a former professional football player and Republican congressman and vice presidential candidate.
He was in the NFL for 13 years, playing quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and the Buffalo Bills. He also co-founded the AFL Players Association. Kemp later represented the Buffalo, New York region in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 1989. In 1988 he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Presidential nomination, and subsequently served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 to 1993 under President George H. W. Bush. In 1996, presidential candidate Bob Dole chose Kemp to be his running mate.
Kemp is currently the head of Empower America, a conservative policy outfit that he founded in 1993 with the help of Jeane Kirkpatrick and William Bennett. Throughout his career Kemp has also been one of the nation’s leading advocates for strong economic growth, free markets, free trade, and tax simplification and lower tax rates on both work and investment. He is also a strong advocate for revitalizing American cities by establishing Enterprise Zones to encourage entrepreneurship and job creation in urban areas.
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